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Sustainability: Key to the future of data centres in Singapore

Darren Webb, Managing Director, IO Singapore and Southeast Asia | Dec. 8, 2016
Achieving a viable sustainability strategy starts with the data centre's platform - how it is designed, constructed and operated.

Google, which just opened its second data centre in Singapore, recently announced that it is making a new commitment to achieving zero waste to landfill from its data centre operations. As waste streams are in fluctuation all the time, understanding waste needs is an evolving process and also critical to mission success.

3.     Replacing traditional cooling techniques

With the cooling process accounting for 40% of the electricity consumed in data centres today, there is unprecedented demand for efficient cooling solutions that can offer adequate cooling at a low cost with minimal power consumption.

Due to the tropical climate, the need for sustainability is especially great in Singapore where traditional renewable energy options such as hydroelectricity, solar, and wind power are not as viable. Some data centre operators even use NEWater (reclaimed water) to cool their data centres. On a national level, the Singapore government is developing the world's first tropical data centre as part of its 'Smart Nation' initiative to cut back on existing energy requirements for running a data centre.

Data centre design and solutions are constantly evolving to meet the fast-changing and growing needs of customers. Whether it is to improve energy efficiency, or invest in alternative sources to reduce environmental impact, data centres should track sustainability focused data metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of their efforts.

Operating systems such as data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) software track key metrics associated with the amount of energy consumed by the data centre, allowing them to achieve energy efficiency and cost savings in the mid to long term. These tools also offer visibility and control over asset, capacity, and workflow management which can optimise the entire performance of data centres.

 

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