The Indonesian Data Center Organizers Association, or IDPRO, has formulated a green data center standard for the data center industry in Indonesia. This green data center standard will apply to national standardization for the data center industry.
They developed a green data center standard through their Green Data Center Initiative. The standard includes energy efficiency and environmental impact requirements and recommendations for facilities and workplace equipment.
Indonesian Green Data Center Standard
The Green Data Center Standard is a set of guidelines for data center infrastructure and design that are crucial to the future of sustainable IT. The standard focuses on designing data centers to improve efficiency, reliability, security, and sustainability while protecting the environment. There are four main sections of the standard:
- Data Center Infrastructure: This section covers technical aspects of design, such as power supply, cooling, and environmental monitoring.
- Data Center Infrastructure Efficiency: This section focuses on improving efficiency through policy initiatives.
- Data Center Virtualization: This section covers virtualization technologies and their impact on energy efficiency and power usage effectiveness (PUE).
- Data Center End-of-Life Management: This section looks at how to eliminate or reduce waste from data centers at the end of their life cycle (which is almost always after less than ten years).
The Green Data Center Initiative aims to reduce data center electricity usage by 50% across the industry by 2030. By joining the initiative, you agree to be audited every two years to ensure that your data center continues to meet the criteria outlined in the standard.
Why is this important?
Green data center standard is necessary because they set the new criteria for the green design and operation of data centers. Green data center standard comprises the whole systems and processes to achieve efficiency and reduce carbon footprint.
The existing data centers are inefficient in their operations and are not sustainable. Green data center standards will increase efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint by driving down various operational costs.
Green data center standards have multiple benefits, including:
- a better customer experience,
- improved IT
- service delivery,
- lower operating costs,
- increased energy efficiency, and
- reduced capital expenditure.
How to implement this green data center standard?
If you build a data center, you should be doing it right. That means using the latest green technology and sustainable practices, like the green data center standard.
Leaders in the IT industry created the green data center standard as a way to take into account significant energy savings and to be able to measure their progress in terms of energy usage. It’s a set of projects that many companies can use to help reach their goal of becoming more environmentally friendly.
It is an easy-to-follow set of guidelines for improving the sustainability of your data center, such as:
- How to choose your location
- How to optimize your facilities
- How to utilize renewable energy
- How to maintain a healthy building environment
The most significant part of implementing this standard is having metrics in place and keeping track of them so that any improvements you’ve made can be measured in the future.
It has created the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) standard. PUE measures how efficient a data center is; basically, it’s the ratio of the total power used by the facility to the total power needed to run everything inside it. The higher the PUE, the more energy is used by non-productive uses like HVAC or lighting.
Green Data Center Metrics
From a sustainability standpoint, modern data centers are taking strides in the right direction, but there’s still plenty of room for improvement.
Data Center Energy Efficiency Metrics
The first thing you should look at is the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), a measure of how much power is used for servers and other IT equipment versus how much goes toward cooling, lighting, and additional operational costs. The lower PUE you get, the less money you’ll spend on electricity. PUE is calculated by dividing the amount of power used by the amount of energy supplied to the facility.
A green data center has a PUE of 1.2 or less. This means that for every power drawn from the grid, 1.2 watts are used for productive uses like servers or networking equipment. A PUE of 2 would mean that half of all energy going into the building was used for productive purposes, and a half was wasted on things like cooling and lighting.
Data Center Cooling Metrics
Cooling efficiency can be measured using two metrics:
- the power density of a data center’s cooling system (cooling-power-density), and
- the energy used by a data center’s cooling system (cooling-energy-consumption).
To measure cooling energy consumption, three central components need to be considered:
- air volume through the data center (airflow)
- the temperature of the air entering the data center (inlet-air-temperature)
- the temperature of the air leaving the data center (outlet-air-temperature)
In addition to these three key metrics, other factors will determine the actual amount of energy consumed by a data center’s cooling system. These factors include the type of facility, climate, and return on investment for water chillers.
It consists of five metrics for evaluating the carbon usage effectiveness (CUE), energy reuse effectiveness (ERE), water usage effectiveness (WUE), water efficiency (WET), and sustainable design (SUS) of a data center.
The five metrics are designed to be part of an overall assessment methodology for measuring, benchmarking, and improving sustainability performance in a data center. A report from TG outlines how owners could use the framework, operators, designers, contractors, facility managers, service providers, and governments to design, build, operate and maintain more sustainable information technology facilities.
Because carbon credit is a complex metric, they have devised a system for measuring it. We will monitor the center’s overall carbon footprint and the faults per hour for each of the four power centers at our data center. This translates into an availability factor that we will use to determine the carbon footprint for each power center.
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Data centers are considered to be an essential part of business infrastructure. They are used to store mission-critical information, which is vital for their business and operations. Data centers consist of various computer hardware and software systems that use electrical equipment such as servers, switches, routers, network modules, etc.
All data centers must follow green data center standards in Indonesia to achieve zero carbon emissions.