(The Hosting News) – Could data centers be consuming less power than once believed? The New York Times recently reported on data center power use based on a study from Stanford Professor Jonathan G. Koomey. The findings posed some interesting results.
To get his results, Koomey relied on data compiled by IDC, an information firm.
Back in 2007, the EPA predicted that data center power would double in a span of five years (2005-2010). However, Koomey’s study found something different. In fact, the study found an actual increase of around 56% worldwide. In the United States, data centers saw an increase by 36%. That’s not quite the doubling the EPA was predicting.
So, what are the reasons behind the shortfall of power consumption by the facilities? According to the New York Times, such factors may include “power-saving technologies” along with the global recession.
Cutting power consumption isn’t necessarily a bad thing though. In fact, it’s often seen as good. More recently, many top data center builders have looked for ways to cut power costs by introducing new methods for cooling facilities’ servers. For example, in May, Google announced a Finland data center that would use cooling methods by relying on water from the Baltic Sea.
Despite the fact that power-use failed to double, it’s still shown a steady climb, signaling the continued importance of data center facilities. In some regards, perhaps the global recession has played a small part and pushing data centers to innovate towards more energy-efficient technology.
In his study, Koomey also found something very interesting pertaining to Google. Despite its high profile, Google is responsible for just around less than 1% of data center power.
For more information on the study, visit The New York Times at http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/01/technology/data-centers-using-less-power-than-forecast-report-says.html?_r=1