A new data center has opened in Ashburn, Virginia, and will soon earn LEED Gold certification.
Equinix, a California-based data center company, announced the opening of its newest International Business Exchange (IBX) data center, which focuses on sustainability. The $98.5 million facility, named DC12, has the full-build capacity of 3,000 cabinets, which, according to Equinix, enables enterprises and government agencies to address new opportunities in the digital economy.
The design elements for DC12 represent the green standard for all future Equinix IBX data center builds. DC12 will be a LEED Gold Certified building. It is expected to meet the strict water reduction standards, and will feature state-of-the-art indirect evaporative cooling (IDEC) technology which dramatically reduces water use.
Data centers are increasingly focusing on energy efficiency and renewable energy. Just this month, vXchange, a carrier-neutral colocation provider, announced that a 2016 lighting retrofit has saved its data center 244,000 kWh over the past year. The Chappaqua, New York, data center is one of the company’s many data centers that meet required energy efficiency standards as “green data centers,” as certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
And in September, Facebook has announced that it will begin recycling heat generated from its data centers. The residual heat will be used to warm nearby homes. The social media giant says its stable of servers in Odense, Denmark will connect to a neighborhood district heating system. The company expects the heat will warm 6,900 homes in the area.