QTS reveals four data centres powered by renewable energy
Quality Technology Services (QTS) announced yesterday it has acquired four additional data centres which will be powered by renewable energy.
The centres are called QTS Hillsboro, QTS Fort Worth, QTS Eemshaven, and QTS Richmond.
QTS Richmond is the largest site to procure renewable energy, with the company signing a multi-year contract to purchase renewable energy certificates in partnership with Calpine Energy Solutions, LLC.
Certificates purchased for QTS HIllsboro are said to match the electricity demands of the facility, whilst those bought for Fort Worth are expected to equal 100 per cent of its projected power consumption.
Attained from Dutch wind and Nordic Hydro sources, QTS Eemshaven has environmental attributes which aim to provide over 20 gigawatt hours of energy.
They also make up 100 per cent of the centre’s expected electrical load, the company claims.
The four new acquisitions will join its existing centres in Chicago, Illinois, Irving Texas, Piscataway, New Jersey, and Groningen in the Netherlands.
Talking about the announcement, Vice President of Energy and Sustainability at QTS, Travis Wright, said it was “a significant step towards our goal of procuring 100% of our power from renewable energy sources by 2025.”
“Renewable energy is a cornerstone of our ESG program that documents our commitment to minimizing our carbon footprint through advanced development and procurement initiatives,” he added.
QTS is also one of the biggest users of green power compared to other data centre companies, and is the 12th largest user of the source among Top Tech and Telecom Companies.
According to QTS, around 36 per cent of its data centre power needs come from renewable energy sources, with an aim to grow that number by the end of this year.
Equinix: Digital leaders expect changes to working patterns
A global report released by Equinix has revealed that digital leaders expect long-term changes to the way people work.
As part of the report, the data infrastructure company surveyed 2,600 IT decision-makers from several different businesses spanning 26 countries in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions. The study also highlighted the biggest technology trends affecting global businesses and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted digital infrastructure plans.
Talking about companies’ expansion strategies, Claire Macland, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing at Equinix, said: “Many companies are now investing more in their digital infrastructure to enable them to embrace a hybrid working model and thrive in the new world of work we all find ourselves in.
“Despite headwinds in many sectors, many organizations are continuing to expand physically and virtually into new markets and regions around the world”, she said.
The report drew the following conclusions:
- 64% of the 2,600 digital leaders surveyed believed there will be “long-term changes to both how and where people will work in the future.
- 57% of global companies intend to expand into new regions despite the effects of the pandemic
- 51% of businesses worldwide say they have rearchitected their IT infrastructure so that it can meet the demands of remote and hybrid working. Digital transformation has also been accelerated due to an increase in businesses’ technology budgets.
How might digital transformation be affected post-pandemic?
COVID-19 has demanded that companies make several changes to the way that they operate, including digital transformation. According to the study, 47% of those surveyed reported that they have accelerated their digital transformation plans because of the Coronavirus pandemic. A further 42% of organisations said their budgets have increased to keep up with the growth of digital transformation.
Another change in adapting to the pandemic was to businesses’ IT strategies with six in 10 companies saying that it has been revised in response to the situation. 58% said they are looking to invest in technology to “improve agility’ post-COVID.
When asked about their priorities for their digital strategy, 80% of respondents said that digitising their infrastructure was of utmost importance, while 57% viewed interconnection as a ‘key facilitator’ of digital transformation.
"This increasing focus on digitization and expansion is one of the reasons why Equinix has continued to invest in its own growth. We completed 16 new expansions in 2020—our most active build year ever—and expect to continue to evolve Platform Equinix to support our customers as they continue on their digital transformation journey”, said Claire Macland.
Potential concerns disperse over expansion plans being halted by COVID-19
The study has also revealed that organisations’ previous concerns that the pandemic will negatively affect their business expansion plans have been lessened.
57% of businesses have said that they “still have plans” to expand into new regions and of that percentage, nearly two-thirds (63%) plan to do so virtually instead of investing in physical IT infrastructure.
The full Equinix report can be found here.