Intelligent CIO North America Issue 31 | Page 66


Equinix to ‘ adjust the thermostat ’ to optimize data center energy use

Equinix , a digital infrastructure company , has announced its commitment to reducing its overall power use by increasing operating temperature ranges within its data centers – the first such commitment by an operator of colocation data centers .

Equinix will begin to define a multi-year global roadmap for thermal operations within its data centers aimed at achieving significantly more efficient cooling and decreased carbon impacts , all while continuing to deliver the premium operating environment Equinix is known for .
Over time , this initiative is expected to enable thousands of Equinix customers to reduce the Scope 3 carbon emissions associated with its data center operations as supply chain sustainability becomes an increasingly important part of the overall environmental initiatives of today ’ s businesses .
IT equipment within data centers , including routers , servers and storage arrays , emit high levels of heat that requires data centers to be fitted with robust cooling systems to remove that heat .
“ Most data centers operate within restrictive temperature and humidity bands , resulting in environments that are unnecessarily cooler than required ,” said Rob Brothers , Program Vice President , Data Center Services , IDC .
“ Equinix will work with enterprises to change the way we think about operating temperatures within data center environments and how the industry can ensure optimal service levels for mission-critical digital infrastructure , while improving data center efficiencies . With this initiative , Equinix will play a key role in driving change in the industry and help shape the overall sustainability story we all need to participate in .”
“ As a long-time partner , we are pleased to see that Equinix is driving efficient data center operations through smart , sustainable operating practices ,” said Sue Preston , Vice President and General
Manager , Advisory and Professional Services , Hewlett Packard Enterprise ( HPE ).
“ Optimizing data center temperatures results in more efficient operations , benefiting businesses and the planet . Through the HPE GreenLake alliance , both HPE and Equinix offer a comprehensive , cloud-smart and sustainable customer solution .”
As a part of this efficiency initiative , Equinix expects to operate its facilities closer to 27 ° C ( 80 ° F ), aligning operating limits across its global data center portfolio with the globally accepted boundaries of the A1A standards from the American Society of Heating , Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers ( ASHRAE ).
When combined with existing Equinix initiatives such as optimizing the use of outside air temperatures to cool its data centers , this new initiative will contribute to the overall sustainability of its data centers through efficiency improvements measured through Power Usage Effectiveness ( PUE ).
PUE represents the total amount of power being used by a data center divided by the power used to run the IT equipment within the data center , providing an industry standard for data center energy efficiency .
“ Our cooling systems account for approximately 25 % of our total energy usage globally ,” said Raouf Abdel , Executive Vice President , Global Operations for Equinix .
“ With this new initiative , we can intelligently adjust the thermostat in our data centers in the same way that consumers do in their homes . Once rolled out across our current global data center footprint , we anticipate energy efficiency improvements of as much as 10 % in various locations .” p
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