New report predicts growth in carbon neutral market
The carbon neutral data centre market is expected to grow by as much as US$5.96bn by the year 2025, a new report suggests.
The report, published January 2021 by Research and Markets, hints that the value of the market will rise from US$3.46bn to US$ 9.42bn over the next four years.
It is said that the rise is caused by “several government policies and environmental regulations”, such as the International Climate Agreement, which aim to reduce carbon emissions.
According to the report - which mainly focuses on carbon neutral data centre types and solutions, end-use industry, and government programs, trends and opportunities - ongoing cloud migration has also contributed to the growth of hyperscale data centre types.
It said that the colocation type data centre currently holds the second-largest share in the market, just behind the hardware segment, and that the ongoing trend in digitisation has allowed many start-ups to also grow.
This includes support from evolving technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and extended reality.
All data centres have hardware equipment and devices which are part of their operations, including power and cooling equipment, servers, storage and devices for networking.
From these devices, servers use almost half of the total data centre power consumption.
The report predicts that the power consumption of the cooling and power segment will reduce over the forecast period of 2021-2025, as a result of an increase in demand for efficient cooling systems.
A competitive landscape for the carbon neutral market has shown companies are starting to acquire strategies such as product launches and business expansions.
Other strategies adopted include joint ventures, business developments and partnerships and collaborations, with the latter being the most key player strategy in the market.
In August last year, data centre operator Equinix entered into a strategic partnership with tech giant Google, allowing enterprises to use Equinix’s services to connect more easily with Google Cloud.
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.