Intelligent Data Centres Issue 3 - Page 32

EDITOR’S QUESTION power generation and are also maximising their UPS investments by receiving compensation for offering regulation capacity and flexibility for the grid. Additionally, if data centres recognise and act on trends in the industry, they could reap a wider range of benefits. This year especially, there has been an extraordinary upwards trajectory in the size and scale of deployments, and edge IT is very much part of the trend. However, data centre and IT professionals must be careful not to exaggerate the complexity of tools needed to monitor and manage edge deployments; it’s not the size or location of the deployment that matters, it’s the purpose it is serving. Ultimately there is an absolute necessity to have a greater understanding and control of edge deployments and achieving this is possible by centralising their monitoring. There’s value in visibility and control, and as with all good design, the best control strategies are simple. ◊ JANNE PAANANEN, TECHNOLOGY MANAGER, EATON EMEA rganisations considering data centre modernisation must first and foremost recognise the need to reduce energy usage and put energy efficiency front of mind. It has been estimated that by 2025, data centres could be using 20% of all available electricity in the world due to the increasingly large amounts of data being created and collected. As a result, experts believe that by 2040, the information and communications technology industry will be responsible for 14% of global emissions. O While some data centres are recognising this shift in the industry and making changes as a result, more can still be done. Data centres have great potential 32 Issue 03 to act as a system for change in helping the UK in its mission to become a low carbon economy. To best prepare for modernisation, it’s time to see more data centres across the country adopt a greener and smarter approach to energy usage. Renewable energy and data centres can go hand in hand. One example of this in practice is using a UPS-as-a-reserve to help the grid balance demand-side frequencies, where data centres immediately respond to grid-level power demands to keep frequencies within allowed boundaries to help the grid operators avoid widescale power outages. This would mean that data centres are supporting the grid to use renewables for ULTIMATELY THERE IS AN ABSOLUTE NECESSITY TO HAVE A GREATER UNDERSTANDING AND CONTROL OF EDGE DEPLOYMENTS AND ACHIEVING THIS IS POSSIBLE BY CENTRALISING THEIR MONITORING.