9 Nov 2006

9 Nov 2006

Eco-Friendly Solutions: Build a Green Data Center


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Recycled goods, alternative power sources and energy-saving technology are becoming commonplace in many homes and businesses. It’s a sign of the times as energy costs continue to climb and public concern over environmental issues grows. Data centers are not immune to this eco-friendly trend and, in fact, are reaping great benefits from going green.

For companies looking to build a data center, the traditional strategy focused on achieving maximum up-time. Little regard was paid to conserving energy or creating an environmentally conscious design. Only in the past decade have data center builders begun to realize that the higher upfront costs of creating a green facility are offset by the lower long-term operations and maintenance costs.

If you build a data center with the environment in mind, you’re likely to find that the benefits go far beyond just helping our planet. Not only will you use less energy and save more money, many states offer tax incentives to companies that build a green data center. Green data centers also provide a healthier work environment for employees and help build positive relations with the surrounding community.

Going green is a great way to help your company financially while helping the world ecologically. Here are some strategies that you can use to build a data center that’s eco-friendly:
– Use scalable or modular systems so you use only the needed energy capacity,
– Put catalytic converters on your backup power generators,
– Install a synthetic white rubber roof to dissipate external heat,
– Coordinate your mechanical and electrical systems so they run at optimal efficiency,
– Build your data center using recycled or low-emission materials,
– Establish a waste recycling program in your data center and recycle your obsolete machines,
– Cut down on power expenses by incorporating more natural light into your building design, and
– Run your facility using solar or wind power.

By making it your goal to reduce heat, improve efficiency and minimize the use of toxic materials, you can redesign an existing facility or build a new data center with a reduced environmental impact. What could be better than helping the Earth stay green while putting some additional green in your wallet?


Comments (4)

  1. Anonymous on 13th Mar 2007

    We already have a green data center. Our company, AISO (http://www.aiso.net) is solar powered, both our servers and data center are powered by onsite solar panels. And we also have a partnership with Co-Op America, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Green Building Council. Plus, we are doing more then just making sure our electricity is green. Our data center and office is green too by using environmentally friendly, low energy air conditioners, solar tubes to bring in natural light, a propane powered generator instead of diesel, VMWare virtualization to reduce our server electricity usage, 6 watt energy saving desktops computers for our employees, and soon to be LEED certified as a green data center, the only public one in North America. So as far as the solar powered data center, you just have to have the willingness to do it.

  2. Doug on 7th May 2008


    RackForce is also building a completely green data center using hydro-electric power. see Where We Are Going for more details

  3. The TeraStack Solution on 29th Jun 2009

    The TeraStack solution offers a data center wanting to be green an option for a very large amount of data storage for only 500 watts without losing any robustness.

  4. BBC Web Hosting on 14th Feb 2011

    With the amount of power being consumed by data centers rapidly growing, and mounting pressure from federal regulators to cut that consumption, businesses are looking for ways to make their data centers more environmentally friendly. Like many competitors, Hewlett-Packard offers services to help businesses make their new data centers green, or retrofit existing facilities with eco-friendly features. Such features can include everything from new, energy-efficient systems and greater use of virtualization to green materials used on the outside of buildings and innovating power and cooling methods inside.

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