Data center operators and their suppliers need to think and act differently as the world moves from 8 to 30 billion connected devices in the next few years. As IoT, wearables, and machine learning drive us to an even more data-intensive society, we need to reconsider our short-term vs. long-term thinking about risk, design, power, and sustainability in data centers in order to achieve both financial goals and global corporate responsibility.
The 8 million data centers in the world today account for 2% of the world’s energy use. That is rapidly trending to 5%. While most data centers are considered relatively energy efficient by today’s standards, every 0.5% increase in data center energy efficiency is significant and must be leveraged.