Environmental benefits of efficient data centres
Efficient data centre cooling technologies such as liquid immersion cooling does not just yield technological and financial rewards to a business but also add some environmental benefits. Talk of reduced power consumption, the substantial reduction in greenhouse gases emission as well as a reduced need to man the data infrastructure around the clock. A report which explored the carbon benefits that cloud computing and data centres brings to a business found that there are several environmental rewards. The report concluded that cloud computing in the case of Microsoft Corporate led to 93 per cent energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions to the tune of 98 per cent when compared to the onsite data centres.
Reduction of power consumption
A constant power supply is required to power the data centre. A cooling system is needed to avoid overheating. With data centres consuming approximately two per cent of all the energy which is used in the USA, UK and similar proportions in other countries, it makes lots of sense to invest in technologies that reduce power consumption. The first change that all business needs to make is the adoption of cloud computing, where they rely on data centres. This will not only cut their energy consumption but also relieve them of the need to establish their servers, a cost that eats up lots of business resources. Data centres that adopt technologies that are energy efficient will not only save on the power costs but will pass the benefits to their customers. Reduced energy use will save the environment and at the same time allow a business to pass the benefits of lowered costs to the customers. With these measures, data storage being one of the main operating costs in the digital era will be affordable to a majority of businesses.
A reduction in greenhouse gases
Greenhouse gases have become a buzzword, from conferences to political gatherings; we are being reminded of the dire consequences if we do not cut down emissions to the environment. Adoption of data centre cooling options that are not dependent on fossil fuels goes a long way in reducing carbon emissions. Liquid immersion cooling is one of the technologies that data centres can use to reduce overreliance on fossil fuel-powered energy. Its efficiency and cleanliness make it the best option for businesses that aim at meeting their net-zero targets.
Dematerialisation and Sustainability
Cloud computing capabilities offered by data centres go beyond the reduction of power consumption. With the migration to the cloud, a business will need fewer servers and hardware. As a result, the materials needed for business operation will reduce, therefore cutting on the cost. At the same time, it means that electronic waste will have reduced significantly not forgetting the energy that would have been consumed by these devices. If we truly want to build a better world, where waste is minimized with an overall aim to achieve environmental sustainability, we need to adopt technologies that help in reducing the amount of energy we consume. Adoption of cloud computing and embracing capabilities that are provided by efficient data centres will help us address the environmental concerns that threaten the world today.