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April 2011

How to make the case for a greener data centre

Data centres are widely known for consuming a lot of energy. According to some estimates, almost 2% of the nation's electricity is used to power computers and telecoms equipment, most of it in specialised data centres. One data centre facility can use up to 50 times as much power as the equivalent in office space. However, operators have started driving up their efficiencies and driving down their costs and showing that they're making their buildings more efficient and their data centres greener. If we're honest, there are two main reasons why our industry in recent years has decided to green up: First, it saves us money and, second, we don't want to be stung with a reported £50,000 fine for failing to register and comply with the forthcoming CRC (Carbon Reduction Commitment). But, how is the industry as a whole getting on with reducing energy consumption and making data centres greener? Are we really making a difference to our environment and are there things we should be doing that most of us haven't even started on yet? Most ...

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