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FEATURE DATA CENTRES REPORT FINDS DATA CENTRES ARE NOT GREEN


Super Micro Computer, Inc. (SMCI) has released its second annual Data Centres and the Environment report based on an industry survey of over 5,000 IT professionals


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esults demonstrated again this year that the majority of data centre


leaders do not fully consider green initiatives for the growing build-out of data centre infrastructures, increasing data centre costs, and impacting the environment.


KEY FINDINGS: Across the board, responses from IT experts from SMBs, large enterprises, and recognised companies showed thatmost businesses (86 per cent) don’t consider the environmental impact of their facilities as an important factor for their data centres: · Data centre leaders primarily noted total cost of ownership and return on investment as their primary measures of success, with less than 15 per cent responding that energy efficiency, corporate social responsibility, or environmental impactwere key considerations for their facilities. · 22 per cent of respondents noted ‘environmental considerations’ were too expensive for them to be considered a priority for their company – indicating a significant lack of understanding of the ROI of green computing solutions.


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Almost nine out of ten data centres are not designed for optimal power effectiveness, potentially costing each data centremore than $1.4m annually based on national averages: · Even with the advent of novel cooling techniques and new hardware that can handle higher operating temperatures, companies are still moving towards colder ambient temperatures for their data centres – compared to 2018, the number of businesses this year focused on keeping their facilities and servers below 24oC increased by 13 per cent, now consisting of over two thirds of respondents. · This is especially wasteful, since leveraging free air-cooling equipment designs running at higher than 26.5oC enables data centres to decrease operating costs. · Many companies are also operating their data centres at lower densities than necessary – with 71 per cent of respondents noted their data centres run at power densities less than 19kW per rack. · Utilising multinode servers and operating at higher power densities would drastically improve energy


The 2019 survey findings establish again that consideration of the environmental impact for data centre equipment selection continues to be an IT industry challenge


requirements and decrease costs as well. The primary means of handling outdated server hardware from data centres has worryingly changed since 2018. In 2019, companies recycling their decommissioned hardware has dropped across the board: · The number of businesses partnering with a certified recycling company dropped by 14 per cent from 2018 to 2019, and the number of companies reporting recycling the hardware themselves dropped by five per cent. · With e-waste already contributing to two per cent of trash and 70 per cent of overall toxic waste in the US, a decrease in proper recycling for such large amounts of hardware indicates a concerning impact on the environment. · Even worse, about one in ten of the largest enterprises with the most data centre hardware are still essentially throwing away decommissioned equipment. · Nine per cent of these largest enterprises reported disposing of the hardware without relying on any kind of recycling. Optimised hardware refresh cycles


would reduce e-waste by over 80 per cent and achieve 15 per cent better performance while lowering acquisition costs by 44 per cent – potentially reducing annual capital savings by $900k and resulting e-waste by 12 tons. The majority, 35 per cent of businesses,


planned to refresh server hardware every two to three years in 2018, while the majority in 2019 shifted to 40 per cent planning to refresh server hardware every four to five years instead. “The 2019 survey findings establish


again that consideration of the environmental impact for data centre equipment selection continues to be an IT industry challenge,” said Charles Liang, president and CEO of Supermicro. “We are continuing our focus on resource- saving architecture to help end- customers save both energy and hardware acquisition costs while reducing the environmental impact.”


SMCI www.smci.com


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