Published On: Mon, Oct 22nd, 2012

Data Centre Energy Efficiency: Green Agenda adoption is key

By Dotun Ibiwoye

It is estimated that 84 major data centre suffered failures in the past 36 months worldwide. The reasons for these failures according to experts included design, specifications, processes and procedures put in place.

According to renown expert, Matt Flowerday,  data centres consume vast amounts of energy because they are the engine rooms that run today’s Global Digital Economy. However, it is noteworthy that energy utilization in them is grossly inefficient which leads to astronomical rise in temperature and eventually grounds the Data Centre.

In a sensitization training organized by KITS technologies and delivered by Capitoline LLP of United Kingdom in Lagos , Flowerday also noted that  27% of this failure is due largely to power.

Also, he said the training would ensure existing Data Centre’s are run and operated successfully based on best practice and standards in operational management that would include processes, policies and procedures.

The training which drew participants from across information communication and technology companies and other sectors of the economy was specifically meant to sensitize Nigerians on the necessity to upgrade their knowledge on emerging trends in Data Centre, which includes designs according to international tier standards, best practice operation management policies, procedures and green agenda.

Director, Business & Strategy, Kits Technologies limited, Mr. Okoya Taofeek, also disclosed that a good understanding of the design concept, strict compliance to Tier standards, green Agenda and the metrics could seriously save most data centres in Nigeria of avoidable downtime.

“In Every two weeks, somewhere in the world, a major data centre experience a major collapse and loss of availability with average downtime of about 17 hours. In nearly every case, these collapse are avoidable with better design and procedures put in place. Training Data centre stakeholders in Nigeria is aimed at reducing the likelihood of this mishap in any of our Data Centre”.  He said

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