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IT data centres: Growing source of Global carbon emissions

Date: 6th June 2011

Surprisingly, IT data centres account for an estimated 2% of the world’s total carbon emissions footprint, and this figure is rapidly increasing, according to IT marketing analysis leader Pike Research. With IT systems and departments growing at exponential rates, their concomitant energy consumption will be of serious concern in the near future for many organizations, according to David Papp, author of “IT Survival Guide: Conquering Information Technology in Your Organization.” He has noticed some companies are already starting to pay attention. Pike Research supports this statement and estimates that by the year 2015, 28% of all IT data centres will be “green.” Changes in power and data centre cooling devices, storage options and server technology will provide such opportunities.

Keysource says: The 2% figure won’t surprise anyone in the IT or data centre sectors. However, advances in cooling and power technology mean that the opportunity exists for far more than 28% of data centres to be environmentally responsible by 2015. If not, many businesses will suffer from unnecessary energy wastage and financial penalties as a result of underperforming facilities.

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