Density And Energy Efficiency In Sustainability For Solution Providers

By Ed Moltzen

With great power comes great responsibility, especially in terms of energy consumption. And the data center is no exception.


With great power comes great responsibility, especially in terms of energy consumption. And the data center is no exception.

A report from The International Energy Agency explained that global data center electricity consumption was estimated to be between 240-340 terawatt hours, about 1 percent to1.3 percent of the world's final electricity demand.

It found that data centers have witnessed a gigantic shift in the past decade.

Despite a surge in demand for data center services, energy use (excluding cryptocurrency-related consumption) has only moderately increased, the report noted This restraint in energy growth can be attributed to significant efficiency improvements in both IT hardware and cooling systems. Furthermore, the industry's transition from smaller, less efficient enterprise data centers to more advanced cloud and hyperscale data centers has played a pivotal role in optimizing energy use.

Solution providers are constantly seeking innovation in the quest for sustainable data center operations. A prime example of this innovative spirit is APC by Schneider Electric's approach with Power Distribution Units (PDUs). Their latest offering, the APC NetShelter Advanced Rack Power Distribution, is a testament to the industry's commitment to efficiency and sustainability.

Designed to cater to high-density data environments, this PDU features up to 48 outlets in a single wide form factor, with models supporting up to 34.6kW. This high-density support is critical for modern data centers. Moreover, the industry-first 4-in-1 combination outlets (C13/C15/C19/C21) enhance flexibility, simplifying and accelerating deployment. Further enhancing its appeal are features like Network Management Cards (NMC) power sharing and a live swappable NMC, which collectively aim to maximize uptime.

With high density applications, it is even more important to ensure efficiency, which is where the combination outlets, high kW and high outlet counts come in to play. Imagine the sustainability impact of needing half the number of PDUs to support the same space? With switched PDUs, energy wasters, like “vampire” loads, can be identified and turned off remotely improving PUE and eliminating the carbon impact of onsite support.  

The APC NetShelter Rack PDU Advanced comes in various configurations ranging from 5kVA to 34.6kVA. These configurations include metered, switched and outlet metering functionalities, all within a single wide, 0U, vertical form factor, demonstrating the industry's relentless pursuit of energy efficiency and sustainability.

As we move forward, the data center space continues to embrace innovation and efficiency, setting new benchmarks in sustainability and reshaping our digital future.

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