Monday, May 24, 2010

 

Growing Data Center Power Consumption

I’ve written twice about what could well become a catastrophic problem for technological society: the fast-growing power consumption of the many data centers that house our precious data. By way of an update on this matter, I turn the reader’s attention to an article titled Despite Green Diet, Data Centers Still Gobble Power.

One expert is quoted as saying, “There is a freight train coming that most people do not see, and it is that you are going to run out of power and you will not be able to keep your data center cool enough.” If that isn’t warning enough, consider that the increase in data center power consumption is on track to approximately double between 2006 and 2011. Although we can see from this article that many efforts are being made to save energy, the proliferation of data and data centers virtually guarantees that any savings will be more than offset by the need for more and more capacity.

Now, imagine what happens when power outages force data centers to shut down.



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