Supermicro conducts this annual survey to report on the state of the industry, assess data centre equipment purchase considerations, and help data centre leaders better quantify their decisions for the long-term environmental impact through energy savings and reduction in e-waste.
Across the board, responses from IT experts from SMBs, large enterprises, and recognized companies showed that most businesses (86%) don't consider the environmental impact of their facilities as an important factor for their data centres:
Almost 9 out of 10 data centres are not designed for optimal Power Effectiveness, potentially costing each data center more than $1.4M annually based on national averages:
The primary means of handling outdated server hardware from data centres has worryingly changed since 2018. In 2019, companies recycling their decommissioned hardware has dropped across the board:
Optimized hardware refresh cycles would reduce e-waste by over 80% and achieve 15% better performance while lowering acquisition costs by 44%, potentially reducing annual capital savings by $900k and resulting e-waste by 12 tons.
"The 2019 survey findings establish again that consideration of the environmental impact for data centre equipment selection continues to be an IT industry challenge", stated Charles Liang, President and CEO of Supermicro. "We are continuing our focus on Resource-Saving Architecture to help end-customers save both energy and hardware acquisition costs while reducing the environmental impact."
Supermicro's Resource-Saving architecture disaggregates the CPU and memory as well as other subsystems, so each resource can be refreshed independently, allowing data centres to reduce refresh cycle costs and their impact on the environment. When viewed over a two to four-year refresh cycle, Supermicro Resource-Saving servers deliver, on-average, higher-performing, and more-efficient servers at lower costs than traditional rip-and-replace models by allowing data centers to independently optimize adoption of new and improved technologies.
The second annual Supermicro Data Centers & the Environment report provides an overview of the major trends shaping IT infrastructure delivery and strategy. This year, the survey was conducted via e-mail in October 2019. It includes responses from 1362 data centre operators and IT practitioners globally from enterprises, service providers, and SMBs and represents a comprehensive cross-section of key demographics including job function, data centre geography, industry vertical, and size.
"San Jose-based Supermicro's global survey on green data centers reveals that most companies don't thoroughly consider power consumption and minimizing e-waste when choosing data center equipment", stated Sam Liccardo, Mayor of the City of San Jose. "As a leading Silicon Valley company in innovation and sustainability, Supermicro has long championed green computing, and I invite the industry to learn more about its impacts and opportunities."
The data centre industry has to make many improvements to be considered green. Choosing innovative data center equipment leveraging technology advancements can significantly impact the environment. For example, disaggregated server configurations can lead to significant refresh savings and the opportunity to rapidly take advantage of the latest server technologies to reduce refresh cycles.
Another consideration is the power effectiveness of data centres. High-efficiency, high-density servers can reduce the amount of power required and the physical space needed. In addition, systems designed to support free-air cooling, which doesn't require computer room air conditioner (CRAC) equipment for cooling, can also reduce data centre energy requirements.