On a typical workday, a data center with colocation services might consume 100 times more power than the standard office building. As the world’s appetite for apps increases, so does the demand for processing power and the energy to fuel it.
Internap is helping data center colocation managers address this growing need with sensitivity to the environment. Wherever possible, we design our green data centers with an eye toward practices that maximize energy efficiency and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and natural resources.
Here are a few of the ways we’re creating a more eco-friendly colocation environment.
Our colocation facilities in Boston, MA, Dallas, TX and Santa Clara, CA, feature white reflective roofing material designed to decrease the surface temperature by 100 degrees F. This not only lowers the cost of cooling, but also offsets CO2 emissions by about five metric tons per 500 square feet.
Variable Speed Fans in Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC) Units
These cooling fans automatically scale their speed according to ambient room temperatures. By using this technology, we reduce power consumption and decrease the amount of heat emitted from the fans themselves.
Ultrasonic Humidification Systems
Rather than using electricity to heat water to create humidity through steam, we’re applying a safe chemical mist to control static electricity without water.
Outside Air Exchangers
In colder climates, we’re taking advantage of the cooler temperatures by drawing outside air into the data center to offset cooling provided by the Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC) units. This gives the CRAC units a break — thus reducing the energy load.
Internap’s Santa Clara colocation facility was the first data center in California to use graywater for cooling. Because this water is recycled from storm drain runoff, there’s no need to tap into the potable water system. Internap received a commendation from The City of Santa Clara for this practice.
Instead of flooding data centers in bright light, we’re using resource friendly timers that dim and/or shut off lighting when people aren’t present.
We consider the environmental attributes of a locale when selecting our data center and colocation locations. For example, our Santa Clara site was chosen because of its proximity to one of the most energy efficient, “clean” power plants in the region. The plant uses natural gas and features steam recovery units that capture steam and turn it into usable energy.