How much energy does your data centre use?

 In MetroBlog

There are just under 50,000[1] data centres in Australia, of which more than 100 are classed as large or enterprise sized.[2] The projected growth is more than 12% per year, with a projected market worth of $2.055 billion by 2021.[3]

As their numbers grow, they are using an increasing amount of power. In 2013, it was estimated Australian data centres consumed a staggering 7.3TWh of electricity, just short of 4% of all the electricity generated.[4]

Because Australia and the world are now in a period of sustained data centre growth, companies are realising that they can save money – and reduce their carbon emissions – by running their centres more efficiently.

Metronode, winner of the recent Communications Day Edison Award for Best Data Centre Operator, owns 10 industrial-scale data centres around Australia and is setting the benchmark for others to follow for energy efficient technologies in the Asia Pacific region.

In 2016, Metronode’s data centres consumed 40GWh of energy (and generated 37kT of CO2 emissions).  If built using traditional technologies, our facilities would have consumed 56GWh of energy with a resulting 52kT CO2 emissions.  Its annual savings of 15kT is the equivalent to taking 5000[5] vehicles off the road.

Using BladeRoom technology and innovative design, the team of engineers capture natural cool air from outside our facilities to maintain stable temperatures inside. The PUE in our Tier III facilities is the lowest in the country – between 1.3 and 1.4.

NABERS is an Australian rating system measuring the environmental performance of buildings. Managed nationally by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage on behalf of Federal, state and territory governments, NABERS recently introduced a one-year assessment process for data centres.

Metronode is the only provider in Australia with three of its facilities awarded a 4.5 NABERS data centre rating and we have another two under assessment.

We are also the only provider in the Asia Pacific with Uptime Institute’s Tier III Gold Operational Sustainability in Australia.

Metronode is serious about maintaining the highest standards in the industry and have invested in energy efficiency certifications and information security management certifications to keep our company ahead of our competitors.

Metronode MD Josh Griggs talks about the Five Key Trends influencing the data centre market: http://bit.ly/2pqvseH

[1] http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/456761/australian_data_centre_spending_hit_2_billion_2013_analyst/

2 http://www.datacentermap.com/australia/

3https://channellife.com.au/story/sizeable-growth-opportunities-australian-data-centre-market/

4http://www.energyrating.gov.au/products/data-centres

5 Direct communication from Metronode.

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