It’s not easy being green.
In an effort to leave as light of a footprint as they can, hardware makers are exploring ways to to make data centers more energy efficient. For example, Intel’s Atom processor family, which is designed to power microservers and a new class of energy efficient storage and communications equipment is one typical improvement. In fact, in some cases, processing technology can yield a 60 percent increase in computer efficiency.
But in the coming five years, the need for compute capacity is growing exponentially. The “Internet of Things” — from billions of new connected sensors across industrial platforms to autonomous vehicles expecting to roll off assembly lines within the next two years — will only add to this growth.
Energy makes up 80% of a data center’s variable cost. So finding more energy efficient hqrdware is key, as the greenest megawatt is one that never generated.
But then, what to do with the still-growing amount of energy used?
Some enterprise participants like Apple are building their own renewable energy facilities to power operations. But with the wide geographic footprint of data centers that’s challenging and expensive. Not every legacy data center site is a good candidate for renewable energy generation, and the time and capital investment for a physical power plant is high.
With Greensparc, we built our optimization solutions around saving our clients money on their overall power expense; they are always welcome to implement whatever efficiency strategies or investment they want. But in implementing our optimization algorithm, we discovered that we also found a way to deliver potentially the greenest portfolio of power, in a verifiable way.
For a firm’s chief sustainability officer, this is a great opportunity to deliver greener results with a relatively small investment. Reach out to us, and we’ll walk you through it.