Energy Efficient Data Centers Will Power the Internet of Things

The brave new world of IoT will create unprecedented energy demands. Data center energy efficiency helps combat these energy consumption challenges of the future.

Global Downtime…or 100% Renewably Powered, Zero Waste Data Centers?

What if your computer just ran out of power one day? Not in the “my battery died and I have to charge it up” way, but in the worst kind of downtime. Downtime on a global scale.

That’s the premise of an article titled “Computers will use more electricity than the entire world can generate by 2040, tech experts claim” and is based on a study done by the Semiconductor Industry Association. The authors suggest that the transistors that power computer circuits have gotten just about as small as they can get, heralding the end of the era of fast compute processing.1

With the Internet of Things (IoT) and the Internet of Everything (IoE) bringing millions of devices online and connecting them, things will only get worse, the authors go on to say. The world will simply be unable to generate enough energy to keep our computers running.

Think of it. You’re on the verge of a breakthrough in processing power, of all things, when your computer fizzles, sputters, and emits a barely discernible wisp of smoke. A last gasp.

We don’t believe that this “nightmare scenario” will ever come to fruition. But we’re not sitting idly by either.

At IO, we’re driven by the need to be the leader in energy efficiency in the data center, both to reduce consumption and to control costs so we can pass savings on to our customers.

In fact, IO is 50 percent more efficient and consumes less energy than any competitor. And in 2013 and 2014, IO’s global footprint saved approximately 44k metric tons of CO2 which is equivalent to:

  • 9,176 passenger vehicles
  • 15,606 tons of waste sent to the landfill
  • 1,116,452 tree seedlings grown for 10 years
  • 3,973 homes’ energy use for one year

But we also believe that being at the forefront of energy efficiency in the data center is just one step on the path to sustainability—a key pillar of our strategy—and our goal of 100% renewably powered, zero waste data centers. We think that is entirely achievable.

Here are the commitments that we, at IO, have made to support our sustainability strategy:

  1. Actively work towards a long-term goal of 100% renewable energy procurement.
  2. Leverage our global footprint to enable distributed network availability and dynamic load placement.
  3. Continue to increase visibility into our data center operations and provide customers tools to measure their performance.
  4. Reduce on-site generation and backplane emissions.
  5. Continue to improve the design of our IO.Cloud platform to maximize load density for greater resource efficiency.
  6. Working to eliminate wasteful behavior and create zero-waste data centers.
  7. Taking a comprehensive approach to sustainability, involving everyone around us.

With our partners—energy providers, data center providers, and other industry experts—we’re already working on it so that we can continue to spark innovation for a long time to come.


1 “Computers will use more electricity than the entire world can generate by 2040, tech experts claim” TheSun.co.uk, 07/25/2016.