Thursday, June 24, 2021

Data centers still waste energy — or do they?

If you read our report on IBM Canada’s new Barrie, Ont., data centre, you’ll know one of the important features is that it’s a so-called “green” data centre. But over the weekend a controversy errupted over whether data centres are really saving much energy.
This article from Saturday’s New York Times argues most U.S. data centres still waste energy. After a year-long examination of public records, the newspaper concludes that far from the image of energy efficience, data centres in general run round the clock whatever the demand and therefore waste much of the electricity they pull in.
 
 
(Data centre image from Shutterstock)
 
Or do they? This counter-argument in Forbes claims that the NYT piece is misleading in that it suggests the low server utilization rate in corporate data centres is the same as in so-called Intenet data centres of companies like Amazon, Facebook and Google.

“There is no doubt power utilization could be improved,” says author Dan Woods of CITO Reseach, “but the big challenge is in IT departments, not the in the Internet leaders.

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Howard Solomon
Howard Solomon
Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of ITWorldCanada.com and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including ITBusiness.ca and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@] soloreporter.com

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