Carbon cutting in the Data Center
Learn how modular UPS solutions can help reduce emissions
Data Centers in Europe currently consume almost 250 TWh (Terawatt hour) of energy per year, a figure that is expected to grow in the coming years. Consequently, administrators and managers of these critical structures will need to do “more with less” by satisfying growing demand for capacity whilst trying to keep their energy use in check.
Consider the example of Hyperscale Data Centers, the facilities capable of data on such a massive scale and integral to the growth in Cloud Computing. At conservative estimates, a typical Hyperscale Data Center will consume around 30 GWh of electricity a year, which corresponds to annual energy costs of at least 3 million euros. Any potential deficiencies in efficiency could translate into a huge amount of energy waste, with all the related economic and environmental costs.
Whatever the size or configuration, In-House, Colocation or Cloud, no Data Center operator can escape the necessity of making its infrastructure as efficient as possible, thus reducing energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions (CO2). Collectively, Data Centers consume about 3% of the world’s energy and generate at least 2% of the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions. Taking proactive measures to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions makes sense not only from an environmental point of view, but for many it has become a mandatory procedure in order to comply with ever-stricter legislation.
For Data Centers of all shapes and sizes, the advantages of adopting more modern, scalable, efficient, and less expensive UPSs are evident.
The transition to modular UPSs such as Multi Power (MPW and MPX) doesn’t just allow operators to achieve much greater efficiency, it also offers them advantages in terms of scalability and greater interconnectivity with the latest power generation systems too. These benefits are particularly true in the event of replacing legacy UPS at the end of their life, as it means that Data Centers can benefit greatly from the huge technological advances made.
The modular approach of the Multi Power solution provides flexibility to facility managers, as it allows modules to be added as and when required either vertically in the rack, or horizontally by installing other racks alongside the existing ones. This allows for integrated scalability or a “pay as you grow” approach (i.e. purchase of additional equipment and devices only in case of infrastructure expansion). Multi Power has a smaller footprint, is lightweight and generates less heat, which is why it needs less energy and cooling.