New Year’s resolutions for the data centre industry : Everything’s doomed!

The global economy has gone to the dogs, the environment is in dire straits and there is a very real possibility the data centre industry will run out of capacity in the next few years. Ah the festive season, a time to be joyful.

Well, you might be forgiven for thinking that’s it; the rest of this is pretty much a foregone conclusion. Not so.

As one the largest users of electricity, data centres risk having the lights turned off if new power stations are not built to replace those that are being decommissioned, according to a recent report from Capgemini. But with the New Year approaching, maybe now is a time for data centres to start doing something to lower electricity consumption across the industry.

As an industry, let’s make a resolution in 2009 to turn this around by starting to switch off. Simply stated, keeping data systems lit up 24/7 is unnecessary.

Aside from the green factor, money is needlessly spent on wasted electricity. Many PCs, servers and lights are left switched on, even when they are not in use. Over a three year period, having this equipment switched on for 24 hours per day, 220 days per year, will lead to some notable CO2 emissions and unnecessary additional costs for data centres. So this New Year, let’s switch it off!