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How Microgrids can Increase Resiliency for Data Centers

COVID-19 has forced many people to work from home, making resiliency of energy supplies for data centers more important than ever. Derek Tugwell, vice president of data centers at PowerSecure, discusses how microgrids can help. What impact has COVID-19 had on data centers? Derek Tugwell: Cloud services are being used at a much higher level. … [Read more...]

Data Centers and Microgrids Partner to Change Power Delivery, Efficiency, and Economics

This final entry from our special report series shows how data centers and microgrids pair to update forms of power delivery, ramp up efficiency and save money.  In today’s connected world, a microgrid is a real technology making a real difference. These are the solutions that enable true energy-as-a-service designs, leveraging … [Read more...]

Educating Data Centers about Microgrid Benefits: More than Backup Generation

This special report series focuses on data center microgrids for the colocation and big data industry. In the second entry from the series, we highlight why microgrid benefits go well beyond backup generation. As a self-sufficient energy system, microgrids are capable of serving discrete geographic footprints. These locations and geographies … [Read more...]

Data Centers and Advanced Microgrids — The Impact of the New Digital Economy on Data Centers

The forecasted growth of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and the rapid uptake of cloud-based applications to manage the emerging digital economy speak to a fundamental fact: the role data centers will play in daily life will continue to grow exponentially over time. Millennials are growing up in a world where data drives their lives. One million … [Read more...]

Best of Industry Perspectives: Why Data Centers Are Slow to Adopt Microgrids (And Why That Will Change)

In this edition of Industry Perspectives, we present one of the most popular columns on Microgrid Knowledge during the first quarter of 2018. AFCOM's John Heiderscheidt explains why an increasing focus on resiliency is pushing more data centers toward microgrids.  Whether you’re surfing the web at work, shopping for a new dress on your … [Read more...]

Data Centers and Advanced Microgrids: Smarter, Cleaner Power Infrastructure

The data center industry is at a crossroads. The types of data centers that will come online in the future may feature attributes much different than what was the status quo in the past. Upon examination of the entire data center fleet, the installed base of data centers is shifting away from internal data centers, with service provider data … [Read more...]

Power Reliability Worries Spur Data Centers and Other Businesses to Pursue Energy Alternatives: Survey

Worry is so high about power reliability that businesses are taking matters into their own hands, with data centers particularly active in seeking energy alternatives, according to an industry survey. Released last week for the first time in its entirety, “State of Commercial & Industrial Power Reliability,” analyzes results from a survey of … [Read more...]

Legislative Update: Improving Energy Efficiency in Data Centers

by Rona Newmark, The Green Grid In the remaining weeks of the current session of the U.S. Congress, the Senate has the chance to advance bipartisan legislation that strives to combine both business and sustainability objectives. In seeking to boost energy efficiency while cutting costs within the federal government, the Energy Savings and … [Read more...]

New Study: America's Data Centers Consuming – and Wasting – Growing Amounts of Energy

All of our online activity -- including email, internet use, social media, and conducting business -- is delivered through nearly 3 million data centers across America, from small closets and larger server rooms, to mammoth “cloud” server farms. Their explosive growth is gulping huge amounts of energy, and despite some efficiency improvements much … [Read more...]

Data Centers' Surprise at "Seeing" their Energy Savings

The power costs associated with operating a data center are about 30 percent of total expenses. And most data center operators know that. But save them a little energy, and show them the results, and they're often surprised. Aaron Rallo, founder and CEO of TSO Logic, has released a dashboard that helps data centers "see" the results of their … [Read more...]