The Obama administration is putting the brakes on datacenters that use too much energy, according to Nextgov.
The story says that the White House has set a policy that will block funding for newbuilds or or expansions of existing datacenters until they are approved by the federal chief information officer. The guidelines require agencies to maintain a PUE rating of less than 1.5 for existing datacenters by September 30, 2018 and a PUE of below 1.2 for new datacenters.
Existing datacenters that can’t meet the 1.5 PUE requirement could be closed or consolidated with other facilities, the administration suggests and/or their functions moved to the cloud, the story says.
Datacenter powering is a growing issue. Recently, Microsoft made waves – literally and figuratively – by announcing Project Natick, which is the submersion of a datacenter in the ocean.