Climate change is a hot topic these days and for good reason. According to a group of 1,300 worldwide scientists, the projected effects of climate change are forecasted to cause an increase in world temperatures between 2.5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit in the next 100 years.
These effects are being felt in many areas of the world and across many industries, including computing, information transfer, and data centers. Here are three ways that climate change is impacting data centers and the industry as a whole.
1. Key resource availability
Some of the most important data center markets will need to address concerns about water scarcity and their supply of renewable energy. “Power constraints will remain the biggest threat to new developments in markets like Northern Virginia and Silicon Valley,” writes CBRE in its 2022 outlook.
Data Center site selection is becoming a strategic priority as cloud builders seek larger chunks of real estate while balancing a multitude of tensions – climate concerns, scarcity of key resources like power and water, and growing community interest in the local impact of Internet infrastructure.
As a result, the location must consider the probability of increasing flooding or droughts, which could jeopardize crucial water sources.
2. Extreme weather patterns
As temperatures, weather patterns, and sea levels change, organizations will need to rethink the geographic locations of their data centers.
As the world continues to experience more climate-powered disasters, it will also begin to see how climate change is moving previously-established goalposts. Locations that were once considered perfectly suited for data centers may experience drought, more powerful storms, and other serious weather events. These will redefine the historical boundaries of flood zones and wildfire risk.
Data center designers and operators must consider climate change and its consequences from the beginning of the asset creation process to ensure reliability.
3. Demand for eco-friendly data centers
Big data, AI, and cloud services, billions of Internet-connected devices are pouring out huge amounts of data. As such, the demand for data centers is increasing to manage and store the vast amounts of data produced every day.
Data centers consume massive amounts of power, with the largest data centers consuming as much power as a city of a million people. The growth of power-consuming data centers has sparked interest in eco-friendly data centers.
The greatest method to reduce a data center’s environmental impact and operating costs is to reduce the amount of power it requires. As a result, a growing number of companies are creating environmentally friendly data centers to address climate change.
The next logical step in this process is for tech companies and corporate data-center customers to create their renewable energy capacity, either on-site or inside their utility service areas.
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The effects of climate change will continue to be felt by data centers, and their owners and operators must adapt to these effects. Resource availability, protection from changing weather patterns, and the demand for sustainable and eco-friendly facilities are all important considerations.Rack59 is poised to help you address the emerging effects of climate change on your data center. We will partner with you to assess the needs of your enterprise, recommend options that best fit, and implement and support a colocated data center and managed IT services solution that is ideal for your business. Contact Rack59 today.