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Amsterdam Data Center Offers New Efficiencies

December 29, 2016 has begun construction on its new flagship data center in Amsterdam. It is expected to be up and running by the spring of 2017.

The AMS01, which is located in Amsterdam Southeast, will include 10.900 square meters of space and 5.000 square meters of raised floor. Its design will emphasize reliability, scalability, and security; it will allow for on-demand colocation services; and it will run entirely on green power. Specifically, AMS01 will leverage advanced cooling and higly efficient UPS technologies. It also will use power from renewable resources.

This is just one more example of how businesses are working to make data centers more energy efficient. Verne Global and Microsoft are a couple of others.

For example, Verne Global located its data centers in Iceland to take advantage of the natural environment there for cooling equipment. Meanwhile, Microsoft has been experimenting with putting data centers in the ocean to bring down cooling costs.

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Efforts on these fronts seem to be having some effect.

A report released in June by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory says that although data centers continue to proliferate growth in the energy to power them has remained flat. A Berkeley Lab article about the report said “electricity consumption by data centers nationwide, after rising rapidly for more than a decade, started to plateau in 2010 and has remained steady since, at just under 2 percent of total U.S. electricity consumption” and electricity consumption is expected to see low growth rates through 2020, although the total server installed base is poised to increase 40 percent between now and then.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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