Data Centers Foil Bank's Energy Goals

Will data center operations become scapegoats when corporate energy conservation programs fall behind schedule? It’s a fair question after Barclays Bank said that it was “highly unlikely” to meet its energy reduction goals between now and 2010, and cited its UK data center operations as the issue. “Their projected growth was much higher than had originally been forecast,” according to the bank’s Corporate Responsibility Report for 2006. “This is disappointing, but we are taking what action we can to ensure that the shortfall is as small as possible.” What action is that? Here’s Barclays’ solution:

Compared with the rest of our buildings and branches, the energy needs of our data centers are very different. Because their requirements are so much higher, we intend to split the data centers out from the main energy reduction target, and during 2007 we will be identifying a separate performance target for them

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About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.