Building the Green Data Center: Towards Best Practices and Technical Considerations


Designing and building green data centers can have a significant impact on the environment and a company's bottom line. A green data center is a repository for the storage, management, and dissemination of data in which the mechanical, lighting, electrical and computer systems are designed for maximum energy efficiency and minimum environmental impact. 

The green data center has moved from the theoretical to the realistic, with IT leaders being challenged to construct new data centers (or retrofit existing ones) with energy saving features, sustainable materials, and other environmental efficiencies in mind.

This tutorial will survey the wide variety of options and issues that the data center designer must keep in mind in these matters, as well as illustrate how government regulation and certification will be affecting the data centers of the future. Analysis will include the US Green Building Council LEED standard, as well as other regulatory standards that are driving green data center construction. 

Learning Objectives: 

  1. The construction and operation of a green data center includes advanced technologies and strategies. Learning Objective #1 is to identify and describe 10 different technology options for a builder to consider
  2. Delineation of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental design (LEED) Green Guilding Rating System. LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. LEED gives building owners and operators the tools they need to have an immediate and measurable impact on their buildings’ performance. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality
  3. Highlight other considerations to keep in mind with designing and bulding green data centers, and the assembly of a "best practices" resource link for Green Construction on the SNIA Green Storage initiative website

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