Mind the Energy Gap: The Demand for Electricity Continues to Grow

RJ Tee
January 04, 2016

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Northbridge Energy Partners recently released a new study titled “Mind the Gap: Energy Availability and the Disconnect with Data,” which highlights the growing demand for electricity amongst global data centers, its main drivers and what we can expect to see in terms of energy efficiency and consumption in the future.

The report reveals some compelling statistics about the current state of data center energy consumption, which all network administrators should take note of. For instance, data centers represent one of the fastest growing electricity markets in the world and are responsible for about 3 percent of all electricity consumption annually. What’s more, data center electricity consumption has increased by about 100 percent over the past five years.

This demand will not be slowing down any time soon, either, as the demand for IoT solutions and big data will continue to grow over the next few years, and data centers will require energy to support such technologies.

What’s more, the report highlights the massive amount of stress that data centers are putting on local power grids in the US and UK, as well as in the Nordic regions. These power systems are already frail and the more they are taxed the more likely it is that they will lead to costly outages in the future.

In order to guarantee that your data center does not fall victim to a power outage, it’s important to ensure that you are making the most of your energy resources, as wasting even slightest amount of power can put your business at risk.

Consider investing in rack-level data center power monitoring technologies from Server Technology's solution to ensure that this does not happen.

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