Market Research Report
Data Centers: Anticipating Changes in the Power Ecosystem
|Data Centers: Anticipating Changes in the Power Ecosystem|
Published: September 8, 2021
Guidehouse Insights (formerly Navigant Research)
Content info: 15 Pages; 3 Tables, Charts & Figures
Delivery time: 1-2 business days
The past decade has seen several profound changes at data centers and in IT management. There are more generation sources available to provide the large amount of power needed to run data centers. In addition, cloud computing has exploded, shifting much of the processing load from IT department-run data centers to hyperscale-size computer centers operated by cloud providers. Computer hardware and software tools that support data centers have become more sophisticated and efficient. One thing that has not changed is the expectation by users that IT services will be provided with high reliability.
The power grids have also been going through important changes since 2010. Power utilities have been integrating more non-dispatchable renewables for generation and incorporating greater intelligence to better manage the grid. In addition to the new technology, regulators in many regions are supporting non traditional pricing scenarios. Many regulators encourage a greater use of renewable energy, reduced costs, and socially desirable outcomes. One thing that has not changed is the expectation that utilities will provide service with high reliability at a reasonable cost.
This ‘Guidehouse Insights’ looks at how organizations shifting processing loads to the cloud are using new strategies to maintain positive trends. This report reviews data center approaches to changes in the power ecosystem and presents the benefits and challenges of these efforts. Successful integration of innovative new technology shows promise for stakeholders and has the potential to enable lower costs for both data centers and the power value chain by shifting loads to low cost and more environmentally friendly power sources.