AIMS – Meeting the Green Agenda Call for Data Centres
KUALA LUMPUR, February 24, 2012 â€“ AIMS Group (ËœAIMSâ€™) the countryâ€™s premier carrier-neutral data center calls for local data center players to stay focused on the data center communityâ€™s Green Agenda.
This is in light of the increasingly challenging task for data centers to stay cost effective for their customers, whilst upgrade existing infrastructure in order to incorporate new technologies to stay competitive via the offering of more Cloud-based applications and services.
According to Chiew Kok Hin, CEO of AIMS, the Data Center Green Agenda is part of the IT sectorâ€™s overarching green initiative.
â€œYet there are quite a number of factors to juggle simultaneously for data centers to stay green and remain competitive at the same time. Power (or electricity) bills, for example, make up the biggest cost, attributing almost 30 per cent of typical data center cost.â€
â€œBesides the cost saving measures taken in the daily operations, higher power subsidies by the government can definitely help â€“ so that data center providers can focus their spending on leading-edge technologies such as Cloud delivery models of computing services.â€
He says, â€œAlthough existing power subsidies are helpful, the local community of server co-location infrastructure providers, further government assistance can definitely help the collective local data center market work more efficiently towards achieving the Green Agenda.â€
As it is, Malaysia is already a natural option for the building of data centers due to its abundant land resources, multi-lingual workforce, stable Internet connectivity and a geographical haven from natural disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons.
Chiew says, â€œIn fact, PEMANDU has explicitly mentioned its objectives to promote Malaysia as a Regional Data Centre Hub by being the preferred destination for data center investors; and increase the supply of space in Malaysia from 0.5 million square feet to 5.0 million square feet by 2020 to capitalize on the strong growth of Data Centre revenues in Asia Pacific.â€
AIMSâ€™ Power Consumption Efforts
To this end, AIMS, as well as most data center providers, is already making continual efforts to reduce power consumption by these data center support systems such as:-
- Arranging data center server racks around to move cold and hot air more efficiently to reduce power bills and improve system efficiencies by up to 20% or more.
- Introduce virtualization technology so that lets one machine do the work of many (by cleverly assigning the servers resources to perform the same functions), to saving power and money while minimizing the environmental impact.
- Replacing the data center light source in data center with networked light-emitting diodes (LEDs) as a more efficient source of semiconductor-powered lighting that also brings improved lighting quality.
â€œWe need to think hard about IT power usage not just to reduce power consumption, but how to cope with we still have to cope with the ËœBig Dataâ€™ explosion of data in this digital era. Organizations cannot spend unlimited money to host their data, applications and services at data center facilities,â€ ends Chiew.