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Going Green By Paul Desmond, Managing Director of Leader Optec

Talk to data centre managers and the issue that keeps coming round is how to bolster their green credentials.

Data centres have been one of the biggest growth stories of the last ten years, mushrooming from virtually nothing to consuming anywhere between 3 and 5 per cent of the global electricity supply and accounting for around 2 per cent of total greenhouse gas emissions. This puts the data centre industry on a similar footing to the aviation industry.

In the US, research by the Natural Resources Defence Council recently claimed that 34 power plants, each generating 500 megawatts of electricity, are required to power today’s data centres. It predicts that by 2020 the number of power plants needed will have increased to over 50.

There will continue to be an exponential growth in the number of data centres from the very large ones run by the major Cloud providers to the tens of thousands of other centres supporting business and government.

The challenge is how to make them as energy efficient as possible and one of the key ways to achieve this goal is to make the networking infrastructure as effective as possible.……read more