Sustainability top agenda for local data centre outlook - Huawei

Data center space will be more difficult to come by and may cost more.

In Summary

•Today's global economy and society growth rely heavily on digital infrastructure. Data centers are critical enablers in this ecosystem.

•One of the major tensions in data center development has been the large amount of water used to cool some data centers. 

Data centre facilities that will adopt green energy efficiency, resource efficiency, and environmental factors will be key to ensuring sector sustainability.

This is according to the latest highlights that will shape the data centre industry in 2023.

According to the Director of Huawei Kenya Digital Power Wang Bao, as cloud technologies and artificial intelligence continue to revolutionise the commercial landscape, enterprise IT must balance budget constraints with the risk of falling behind in a period of digital transformation.

“From this year to 2027 data centres will accelerate their green transition to drive carbon neutrality. They will use more low carbon technologies such as green power and innovative energy storage,” said Wang Bao.

Due to the sheer complexity and size of the workloads, cloud data centres will now need a higher degree of automation than traditional data centres. 

According to the industry experts following several years of rapid expansion, the digital infrastructure sector now faces a difficult climate for constructing new data centres to cope with the changing market demands.

Speaking during the Huawei Kenya Data Centres Key Channel Partner Summit 2023, the director added that as a result, data centres space will be more difficult to come by and may cost more.

One of the major tensions in data centre development has been the large amount of water used to cool some data centres. 

Extreme heat and drought are raising the bar for fast-growing cloud computing platforms and data centre developers.

Data centres, which are some of the most energy-intensive structures in existence, are now under heightened scrutiny on carbon emissions objectives as companies race to beat the zero carbon emissions targets.

The trends show that currently, renewable energy sources such as solar are increasingly becoming an exciting option for smaller urban data centres.

According to the latest Kenyan Market Update report by Knight Frank, Data centres are gradually becoming popular to investors as the demand for internet and e-business continues to shift upwards.

Data centres provide a cheaper and more efficient IT capability than inbuilt servers.

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