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As years pass by, data centers are getting more common and essential. Data centers are indispensable for the smooth functioning of business processes, information management, and communications …

As years pass by, data centers are getting more common and essential. Data centers are indispensable for the smooth functioning of business processes, information management, and communications functions. Hence, today every sector of the economy use and operate data centers.

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  • 1. Green Datacenters, a Healthy Bottom Line for EnterprisesAs years pass by, data centers are getting more common and essential. Data centers areindispensable for the smooth functioning of business processes, information management, andcommunications functions. Hence, today every sector of the economy use and operate datacenters. Several factors are responsible for the rapid increase in the use of data centers. Let’s lookat some of these factors.· Accelerated growth in the use of the Internet· Increased use of electronic transactions· Shift from paper-based information to digital based· Government regulations requiring digital records retention· High performance scientific computingThe growth in the number of data centers led to increased use of energy. The result of which is· Increase in the emission of greenhouse gases especially from electricity generation· Increase in the demand for electricity which the existing power grids are finding difficult tomeet· Increase in the energy costs for both business and government· Increase in capital costs as a result of expansion of data center capacity and building of newdata centers,This led to increased interest in developing solutions for energy efficiency in the data center sector.As part of it, Congress passed public law 109-431 in 2006 entrusting Environmental ProtectionAgency (EPA) to carry out a study through its Energy Star program to "analyze the rapid growth andenergy consumption of computer data centers by the Federal Government and private enterprise."The result was startling and predicted a bleak future in this sector. This accelerated the concept ofgreen datacenters. A green datacenter is “a repository for the storage, management, anddissemination of data in which the mechanical, lighting, electrical and computer systems are
  • 2. designed for maximum energy efficiency and minimum environmental impact.” Building a greendata center is quite expensive, as it requires low-emission building materials, carpets and paints,installation of catalytic converters on backup generators, alternative energy technologies such asphotovoltaics, heat pumps, and evaporative cooling, and so on. However, cost savings do come inthe form of energy savings, reduced carbon footprint, datacenter virtualization, lower operatingand maintenance costs, and reduced environmental impact.With several service providers offering effective green datacenter solutions, enterprises can noweasily realize their objective of a healthy bottom line and a healthy environment. These serviceproviders follow different methodologies to provide companies with solutions that are costeffective and sustainable.Related Links: Information security, Managed print services

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