I just finished reading an article about a technology that 3M is working on that could possibly stem some of the “bleeding” of energy in data centers.
Firstly, this statistic is shocking to me. I have seen it a few times, and each time I see it I am alarmed… What is the monetary and, more importantly, the environmental cost of all this data we are using?
“data centers are using close to two percent of the world's supply of electricity at any given time. And 37% of that amount keeps computing equipment cool”
Two percent of the world’s power! That may seem like a drop in the bucket to some, but to those of us that work in data center and related fields, we all agree that this amount should be much lower!
This article speaks to a potential innovation that can lead to many benefits. The most important benefit being the reduction of power usage in the data center. I have been in enough data centers where the ambient temperature was like a meat locker. This always reminded me of when my mother would tell me to close the door that I left open in the winter, asking; “are you trying to heat the neighborhood”?
I also can’t help but add a layer one perspective to this. Messy cabling blocks airflow, which decreases cooling effectiveness. You can also use blanks in your rack units that are not in use to minimize the amount of heat that re-circulates in the aisles.
I hope you will have a quick read of the article in Tech Republic that I linked above!