Next-Generation Sustainable Data Center Design

Next-Generation Sustainable Data Center Design

Data centers are the facilities that centralize an organization’s data for the procession, sorting and disseminating. They are locations where the data or business, the organization is stored in the name of cloud technology. No doubt, it has been a boon to the entire ocean of technical industries and companies; however, In the long run, it looks like this system is causing much harm to the environment. A latest climatic analysis conducted, depicts a data of carbon monoxide emissions that is increasing the global average temperature within 2-degree every year. The study also suggests that reducing these carbon monoxide emissions in the next 12 years will lead to a gradual decrease in global warming conditions.

Call to Action

It is essential to rethink the design, building and operating the next-generation data centres, which will develop the sustainable cost of ownership, including resource impact, society benefits and also economical conditions. To achieve that objective,

  • Rethinking social future: Future data centres ought to be built in such a way that it improves human welfare on both local and global scale in the long run.
  • Rethinking of cost ownership: This can be achieved by measuring both the direct and the indirect costs in terms of sustainable cost of ownership. This step not only allows the emergence of innovation, but it also helps in taking proper decisions on the economic, environmental and social front.
  • Rethinking clean energy: Planting clean energy resources and infrastructure near the site of the data centres can reduce to zero-carbon footprint and zero emissions, on a global scale.
  • Rethinking the measurements: Data centre’s input called the resources, and the output called the waste should be measure in a circular way to minimize the intensity of data usage and reuse efficiency. This eliminates the burden on the machines and reduces removing toxic materials.



  • Once the call to action is set in place, it is essential to follow the steps for the plan and the method to employ for the transition. By following the below-mentioned steps, it could be a process towards eliminating the landfill impact for achieving a perpetual lifecycle for the machines and resources.
  • The next-generation data centres need to be designed and built using nature-based solutions, with the primary aim of protecting the environment and the earth’s depleting natural resources.
  • Essential steps should be taken by builders to extract the natural resources in both direct and indirect formats.
  • Designers ought to use the modular growth of planning to handle growth in megawatt and avert overprovisioning.
  • Designers need to employ optimization as the critical aspect to transitioning the resources for recycling, reusing and remanufacturing.


Along with the points mentioned above, the next-generation data centres must consider urban migration, supported by ‘cloud-computing’ that consumers millions of megawatts of power. In the next few years, the world will turn into an urbanized economy, and the modernization of people will lead them to cities. Hence the owners need to satisfy the power, land, water and network using for these next-generation data centres.



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