Global green data centre market to hit $140.3bn by 2026
As global demand for digital infrastructure increases dramatically - both in response to the effects of COVID-19 and the influence of Industry 4.0 - enterprises, data centre operators and end users are increasingly faced with the challenge of balancing this insatiable desire for data centre expansion with greater and greater demand for sustainable practice.
The data centre industry is estimated to consume between 1-2% of the world’s electricity. Thankfully, that consumption figure (which puts data centres in competition with the airline and automotive industries in terms of emissions) has been pretty successfully uncoupled from global capacity growth.
Over the past few years, data centre operators have made great strides in the art of ensuring their facilities are as efficient as possible.
However, with science-based environmental impact targets like to set by the Paris Climate Accords looming over the industry, efficiency is no longer enough on its own.
The answer to the seemingly mutually exclusive goals of exponentially increased capacity and exponentially reduced carbon impact may lie in green data centres.
Green data centre design has undergone something of a renaissance over the past few years, as the practice of building, powering and cooling facilities as sustainably as possible trickled down from hyperscalers like Google and AWS, and into common enterprise-scale design.
And the trend appears to be showing no signs of slowing down over the next few years. New data released by Markets and Markets found this week that the global green data centre market size is expected to grow from $49.2bn in 2020 to around $140.3bn by 2026, representing a CAGR of higher than 19%.
These green data centres will not only use more renewable energy and reduced amounts of water, but also channel excess heat into local district heating grids, and take efficiency to previously unseen levels.
“The previous generation of servers used in data centres focused on attaining maximum processing power packed within minimum space,” notes the report. “But, in the present scenario, with the rising cost of electricity and environmental conscience, companies have started focusing more on the power and cooling requirement of servers. Green servers refer to the energy-efficient servers that provide higher processing power, consume lesser energy, and are environment friendly. These green servers can help companies in reducing their data centre electricity consumption and associated cost.”
NKG1 opens BDx Nanjing data centre campus
Big Data Exchange (BDx), a pan-Asian data centre company has launched its Nanjing data centre campus in China with the opening of its first facility, NKG1. The company said they “celebrated” the launch of the campus, located in the Yangtze River Delta, one of the nation's richest regions and its largest import and export base.
Following its certificate of completion from the Urban and Rural Construction Bureau of Jiangning District in Nanjing City, the NKG1 campus is “now serving customers”. Construction on the Nanjing campus began in February last year.
"We worked through the challenges of completing a major construction project during the peak of the pandemic because customers were anticipating this launch to support an unprecedented surge of growth and capacity requirements”, said Bill Gao, EVP & Chief Executive Officer of BDx Greater China.
"The launch of NKG1 enables BDx to have new world-class data centre infrastructure in China. It also lays a solid foundation for BDx to provide OTTs, financial services institutions, and Fortune 500 MNC customers with high reliability, high redundancy, and low latency solutions”, he added.
What does the NKG1 data centre include?
According to BDx, the NKG1 facility is the first data centre in the city to earn the Uptime Institute Tier III Certification of Design Documents and offers 4MW of IT power for colocation. NKG1 is powered by two separate 10-kilovolt feeders from two substations that aim to provide the NKG campus with 60MVA of total power sanctioned from the grid.
During COVID-19, BDx says that its design and construction team focused on safety to ensure that the project was completed safely and without incident. This enabled the company to add critical capacity to this region and respond to the accelerated shift to digital environments that caused a surge in demand for data center services. “Research shows that demand hasn't dropped as the economy reopens”, BDx said.
The launch of NKG2
Due to rising demand in China’s data centre market, BDx plans to launch the second phase of its Nanjing campus, NKG2, by the end of this year. “NKG2 is designed to be minimally manned and almost lights-out — a reigning philosophy across BDx's data center cluster. In addition, its highly automated features make for a more sustainable data center environment”, the company said.