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Data centers can learn sustainability from the cloud

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Everyone wants a green data center, also known as a sustainable data center. There are both policy and technology pushes in this emerging space, such as countries that are encouraging voluntary reduction of a data center’s carbon footprint. For instance, Finland will be announcing a lower energy tax for data centers that show a certain degree of greenness. The big advantage of having data centers in colder climates is that not as much power is needed for cooling. If it’s five degrees outside, just open a window.

Today, there is a small industry around building and running green data centers. This includes intelligent power management, with some systems driven by AI engines. Some unique solutions involve using the heat generated by data centers to provide heat to surrounding communities or submerging data center “pods” in water to cool them. 

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