Back to the Future - Waves of Rising Energy Use in Data Centers

April 20, 2009 - 12:00pm

In the last 20 years we have observed three waves of concern about energy consumption of Data Centers and of activities for more efficient solutions: 1985-1995, fast rising energy demand in large computer centers in the financial sector followed by a fast decrease due to a technology breakthrough after 1990 1995-2005, fast increasing demand of server farms and collocation sites due to the diffusion of the internet. That time, the problem was "solved" by the bursting of the dotcom bubble in the year 2000. After 2005, fast growing electricity costs in data centers due to high oil price and growing heat densities, together with the concern about rising CO2-emissions lead to a world-wide "Green-IT" movement. Lower oil price and progress in smart use of IT-equipment (keywords: consolidation and virtualization) may once more relieve the pressure on manufacturers, operators, politicians and scientist for a more sustainable use of energy in data centers. In the mean time, we use the lessons learned in the past regarding effective instruments to foster energy efficiency in data centers: diffusion of best practice examples and formation of user groups to exchange experience. For more information about this seminar, please contact: Michael Wetter(510) 486-6990

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