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Data centers show signs of 'green fatigue'

James Niccolai | May 15, 2013
A new survey from the Uptime Institute suggests fatigue is setting in when it comes to making data centers greener, and it may be partly due to overachievers like Google and Microsoft.

The survey was completed by about 1,000 respondents at data centers worldwide, though predominantly in the U.S. Nearly half the respondents manage three data centers or more, and they were a mix of facilities staff, IT staff and senior executives responsible for both areas.

Other results show that building data centers in a modular fashion has been slow to catch on. The survey defines modular equipment as that which is manufactured off-site and delivered ready for installation, which allows mechanical and cooling equipment to be added in stages to match the IT load. Less than 1 in 10 respondents said they were using prefabricated, modular components, and more than half said they had no interest in doing so.

The results of the survey are being presented Tuesday morning at the Uptime Institute's 2013 Symposium in Santa Clara, California. The Institute runs the data center reliability tiering system and advocates for energy efficiency.


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