Microsoft - Ireland
Microsoft opened a new data centre in Dublin, Ireland, that has a Power Use Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.25, on a scale where 1 is the optimal (the average in the industry is approximately 2.0 and Microsoft data centres globally have an average of 1.6).
- Reduced energy consumption
- Reduced CO2 emissions
- Increased capacity and performance
The new Microsoft data center in Ireland already consumes approximately 50 percent less energy than a traditional data center of similar size and level of activity. Besides the EU Code of Conduct for Green Data Centers, this is possible due to a range of innovations, one being the use of outside air to cool the data center at almost zero cost. This provides dramatic environmental savings as artificial cooling normally consumes approximately 38 percent of the facility’s electricity consumption and 18 million liters of water per month. In addition, the latest generation of servers and 24/7 monitoring will help to create further energy savings.
To tackle the data centres’ energy consumption, Microsoft has adopted a strategy to dramatically improve its data centres’ energy efficiency. The company signed the EU Code of Conduct for Green Data Centres, which includes a commitment to comply with European standards and best practices. Plus, an important function for the irish data centre will be to host web conferencing tools to reduce business travel, and thereby reduce costs and emissions.
Beyond the Dublin data centre, Microsoft has already implemented, or is planning to implement, the majority of the EU Code’s best practices in its data centres in Europe and across the globe. The company is also exploring the innovative use of shipping containers as flexible and portable housing for servers which provide 10 times the density for data centres and drive dramatic savings in power usage. Finally, Microsoft Research, the company’s in-house research branch, is supporting these efforts by constantly looking for innovative ways to improve energy efficiency.