Virtual Retrofit for Data Centers
- Jan 7, 2022 5:39 am GMT
Streaming a ‘Sci-Fi’ on Netflix, reordering Amazon AA batteries for the remote or reviewing a Google search for the recipe you made last Sunday… These and many other tasks are completed with ease for us, the user, but the hardworking data centers supporting cloud-computing services are in need of a virtual retrofit. Companies have moved to the cloud and with that, cloud data centers have grown in capacity and demand. Video accounts for 80 percent of internet traffic and data center traffic has grown by 8x with plans for continued growth. Statistics show that the global cloud computing industry was projected to hit $250.05 billion in 2021 and reach the $791.48 billion mark by the year 2028. With growth comes demand, the demand for electricity. It is estimated that moderate to large data centers use power densities 100 times that used by a typical office building. In 2020, data centers accounted for 1% of global energy use. Data centers that host the components of cloud computing such as servers and air conditioners also release huge amounts of CO2. This has become a growing concern and organizations are looking for ways to reduce consumption and emissions.
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