Green data center

Sustainability in data center design and operation

The reduction of energy, waste, and carbon in the design and operation of data centers and other ICT facilities.

Green ICT Conferences

The most comprehensive directory of Green ICT conferences, workshops and other events around the world. Latest additions are events in France and Croatia.

Vertatique has started a listing of calls for papers for Green ICT publications.


Storage Represents a Green ICT Opportuity

Much Green ICT focuses on computers: servers in the data center and desktops in the office. Don't forget that disk-based data storage, which can cost an organization $25/GB/month, also offers opportunities. It's for an update on the progress manufacturers and users have been making in recent years to manage data storage's energy consumption.

The 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) awarded a Sustainability and Eco-design award to an internal storage device. This is unusual recognition for a component described by CES as "...storage for supercomputing targeted at AI analysis, big data and IoT applications..." Hardly 'consumer' electronics. Recognition for the Samsung 3.84TB NVMe Z-SSD (SZ1733) was "...based on its having the highest performance and density for an NVMe SSD, as well as extremely high reliability and ultra-low latency." Samsung cites the product's "...extremely low-power consumption (15 watts at 1.2V). "

How Important Is Gear Efficiency in Datacenters?

Microsoft's The Carbon Benefits of Cloud Computing report suggests that the energy efficiency of IT gear has may have the lowest impact on a datacenter's energy footprint, compared with other Green ICT tactics.

Who Offers Greenest Servers?


The availability of ENERGY STAR servers has increased dramatically since we first looked in 2015, but there has been little increase over 2017. Over twenty companies offer qualified models: 249 in the United States and 229 in Canada.

EPEAT lists servers for the first time, but its more comprehensive environmental assessment shows servers have a long way to go.

The Importance of Location for Green Data Centers

Location is becoming increasingly important to the sustainability of ICT facilities. We've been tracking activities which try to leverage geographic features for greener operations. This article focuses on Europe and Asia. (Another focuses on North America.) Our latest update highlights the relationship between renewable energy availability and overall desirability for siting data centers.

Apple & Facebook in Prineville: Mega Data Centers Transform a Town

We have covered the aspects of the Apple and Facebook data centers in Prineville, Oregon in previous posts. An August 2017 article in Outside magazine reports on the impact of these operations on the small town and offers some Green ICT insights along the way.

Global Green ICT Update: Europe

Updates from Europe. Click on "Europe" tag above for all news about the region. Click here for regional Green ICT updates from around the globe.

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TCO Developement offers A Guide to Sustainable IT Purchasing with TCO Certified. The TCO Certified program is Euro-centric, but anyone seeking to improve their Green ICT purchasing can use this comprehensive approach. The Guide offers thirteen "Leading Edge Sustainability Criteria", eight points of verification, and a three-phase purchasing process.

Mega Data Centers

We haven't updated this post in a while, so thought it would be a good opportunity to look at new mega-facilities. The latest addition is the Linkedin facility in Oregon USA.

Green When It is Hot: Data Centers and Solar Energy

We noted earlier the challenges faced by facilities seeking to use on-site solar. Facilities now look to purchase solar energy from off-site providers. A very large procurement is for a Google data center in the Netherlands, a country not known for extremely sunny weather.

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