How Software Can Help Data Centers Cut Energy Use

The race to cut greenhouse-gas emissions and achieve carbon neutrality by mid-century has left businesses in energy-intensive industries scrambling to cut their energy use. With most of the developed world’s electricity coming from fossil-fuel-fired power plants, sectors such as data storage, which require a lot of power to run, contribute to a significant portion of global emissions.

Efficient software use could be the key to helping data centers cut down on energy use and limit their impact on the environment. Data centers are facilities that store and power servers that house the cloud, or online storage facilities that allow people to store and retrieve their data without having to invest in physical storage media such as hard drives.

Although data centers can range in size depending on the size of servers used, the sector has several major players, including Google, Meta, Amazon and Microsoft, that have massive data centers which cover several floors. As the world moves away from physical to online storage, the demand for such data centers will grow, especially as more critical data is stored online.

Around 3% of all the electricity generated on the globe is currently gobbled up by data centers.  A Researchgate study predicts that this figure will rise to 23% by the end of the decade if policymakers and industry leaders don’t take action. At the moment, data centers are responsible for up to 3.7% of the globe’s greenhouse-gas emissions.

While the sector has taken steps such as adopting clean energy, using efficient cooling techniques and consolidating numerous data centers to cut its emissions in recent years, software could help data centers make their operations more efficient and cut energy. Tech company HCLTech has created a sustainability solution dubbed Net Zero Intelligent Operations (NIO) that uses data-capturing techniques to collect data from both non-IT and IT systems, compare different assets and data centers, and point out areas that need improvement.

NIO allows data centers to set targets and monitor them in real-time to watch for deviations. The solution also helps data centers process Scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse-gas emissions and aids companies with compliance reporting.

HCLTech executive vice president and global business head Sukant Acharya says technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT) and big data analytics can help data centers adjust their IT system parameters to process information automatically or as a response to certain events. They can also help operational technology (OT) infrastructure, software and hardware that monitors IT infrastructure operations; optimize cooling systems; reduce power consumption; increase energy efficiency; and cut costs.

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