Similarly, Jack Pouchet, board member and vice-president of the datacentre efficiency consortium The Green Grid, made a case for datacentre providers to become more mindful of the environmental effect of their activities on local communities.
A lot of operators have taken steps to get the power usage effectiveness (PUE) scores for their facilities in the one range, but the amount of carbon and water they consume as part of their operations also needs to be taken into account.
“You can trade-off carbon for water and you can trade-off electricity for water, and that’s really nice, but there are a billion people on the face of this planet who wake up every morning without access to portable water and that number is only growing. It’s not getting smaller,” he said.
“So we have to be good stewards, and there is a lot of social pressure for us to take a look at this.”
Speaking to Computer Weekly, Zahl Limbuwala, CEO of datacentre optimisation supplier Romonet, said datacentre operators should not shy away from giving something back to the community.
Source: Computer Weekly