Renewable energy is among the top emerging technologies being considered by data center owners to help address power and cooling costs, according to a Mortenson survey at the 2014 Data Center World conference. Eighty-four percent of respondents feel there is a need to consider renewable forms of energy, such as wind and solar, to manage future needs, according to the survey.
The top thing data center operators say they would most like to change about their facilities is greater energy efficiency. Nearly half of survey participants also believe a better Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating is achievable through improved technologies.
Thirty-two percent of respondents cited power and cooling costs as the most important drivers for determining where to locate new data centers.