Climate change and sustainability have become political factors that play a growing role in business management. There is more and more pressure for companies to limit their greenhouse gas emissions and take action to become more environmentally friendly.
Carbon emissions from data centres and server rooms are a growing global concern with the rapidly increased demand for data processing and storage. But what is driving the growth of data?
Why we use so much data
Remember when your laptop came with 40GB of data and you thought that was a lot? Now even the most basic phone comes with a similar amount of data storage ... and we run out of space so quickly we end up storing most of our photos and videos on the cloud! Think about how much data you generate every day: google searches, social media, YouTube videos, GPS tracking, contactless debit card, browsing the internet, streaming songs or movies ... and this just in your personal life!
It's easy to see how the world's data has grown exponentially since the invention of the internet and that it will keep growing fast as technology keeps advancing. And of course the more data we use, the more data centres we need.
The realities of data centre carbon emissions
Currently the global carbon footprint for data centres accounts for more than 2% of global carbon emissions (the equivalent of the world's entire airline industry), with the number expected to rise to 3.2% in 2025. By 2040, data storage is predicted to account for 14% of the world’s carbon emissions.
The problem is that server rooms and data centres operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week generating a lot of heat and using enormous amounts of power to operate and keep servers cool. Cooling the IT equipment in a data centre is biggest power guzzler, accounting for more than 40% of total energy consumption.
So how do you reduce your company's carbon emissions?
You many not be able to use less data, but if you're in charge of your company's IT department, you can take measures to reduce the energy consumption of your data centre; this will have a big impact on your company's overall carbon emissions (and power bills!).
A simple and effective way to reduce your company's carbon footprint (and improve your NABERS rating) is by upgrading to a micro data centre. This all-in-one solution is typically more energy efficient as you reduce the area to be cooled down from a whole room or floor to an area the size of an average refrigerator. But of course not all micro data centres offer the same energy saving measures.
At Zella DC we have developed a range of micro data centres designed to be user friendly, efficient, secure and compact. A Zella Pro will allow you to:
Reduce the cooled area from an entire room / floor to an area the size of a refrigerator
Match your cooling and energy efficiencies with your IT load at all times
Program units to shut down during non-productive times (weekends and holidays)
And with a PUE of 1.2, you will see a massive reduction in your carbon footprint, operational costs and energy bills (calculate your savings).