Story image

Data centre operators: It’s not just about TCO, think about the TCE

21 Aug 18

Co-produced by Intel and in association with NASA, Supermicro has released a new short film that highlights the swelling problem surrounding data centres.

The provocative film (Mission: Green Computing) delves into the crucial role that data centres play today and in the future to support the billions of connected devices deployed around the world – and in doing so, the related environmental impacts of this rapid expansion that needs to be addressed.

"As a leader in the industry, we want to provide exactly the best for our customers to help them save money and TCO,” says Supermicro CEO and president Charles Liang.

“We also want to make sure we contribute to our environment, contribute to our only Mother Earth."

Greenhouse gas emissions, power consumption, and e-waste are among the main environmental impacts explored in the film with disturbing forecasts revealing what our world could be like in years to come following current trends.

Liang stressed that for the sake of our planet, data centre operators need to not only think about total cost of ownership (TCO), but also the total cost to the environment (TCE).

"When you talk to the CIOs of the world, what you hear is digital transformation and most of the focus is on the application side. But what these people miss out is the transformation at the infrastructure level,” says Intel fellow and IT CIO Shesha Krishnapura.

NASA Goddard Space Center Chief Computational Information Sciences and Technology Office research scientist Daniel Duffy says they have a huge reliance on data with their constant research and analytics.

"These compute resources take a lot of energy, so we try to be as green and as efficient as possible,” says Duffy.

Lesley Ott from the NASA Global Modelling and Assimilation Office echoes these sentiments, reporting they don’t want to be researching greenhouse gases and consequently adding to them as a result of the research.

Supermicro says the primary objective is to bring awareness around the cost data centres have to our environment, and ultimately, to spark action.

CSPs ‘not capable enough’ to meet 5G demands of end-users
A new study from Gartner produced some startling findings, including the lack of readiness of communications service providers (CSPs).
Atos launches new French data centre – more modules to come
Atos together with the Yvelines departmental Council has officially launched its new data centre in Les Clayes-sous-Bois, Yvelines.
EU cloud adoption rising, but still far from mainstream
Cloud adoption is surging among some European Union (EU) nations but it still has a way to go to becoming commonplace across the board
Industry cloud market forecast for ‘unusual’ growth
The market for industry cloud solutions is in good stead with that growth showing little signs of slowing.
Dell EMC embeds security in latest servers
Dell EMC's 14th generation of PowerEdge servers has comprehensive management tools to provide security across hardware and firmware.
Businesses focusing on threats from within - survey
Over 50% of respondents reported that 100 days of dwell time or more was representative of their organisation.
The disaster recovery-as-a-service market is on the rise
As time progresses and advanced technologies are implemented, the demand for disaster recovery-as-a-service is also expected to increase.
Dell dominates enterprise storage market, HPE declines
The enterprise storage system market continues to be a goldmine for most vendors with demand relentlessly rising year-on-year.