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Experts highlighted that the transformation of data centers in the UAE to green supports the UAE’s sustainability efforts, noting that given the increasing reliance on the digital economy, all sectors need to improve their readiness to transform their data technology environments into green – especially since they bear the greatest burden in terms of energy consumption – To benefit from the savings in the scale of costs and energy consumption that this transformation will contribute.
Green data centers are defined as “a computing environment that uses resources in a more efficient way and has less impact on people and the environment than traditional data centers, which negatively impact the environment, due to their need for large amounts of energy and water, which lead to the release of pollutants and the disposal of large quantities of waste.” Machine waste.
A study by Mordor Intelligence expected the green data center market to grow from $65 billion in 2022 to $182 billion by 2026, registering a compound annual growth rate of 23% during the forecast period. The study stated that the wide distribution of data centers and the high rate of energy consumption of these centers is leading governments around the world to introduce strategies to regulate energy consumption and reduce their carbon footprint, which will be the main factor in the growth of the demand for green data centers.
A study conducted by the Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi concluded that there is a need to increase the knowledge of information technology employees about the plans to properly implement the green data center, and the good practices and standards for preparing the green data center. The study added that the proper implementation of green data centers will ultimately reduce costs and resources, reduce the company’s carbon footprint, and have a positive impact on people and the environment.
The UAE is one of the top 10 countries in the world consuming electrical energy at a rate of 20 megawatt-hours per capita. In addition to the fact that information technology data centers have become the backbone of any organization, experts confirm that the UAE is a pioneer in the spread of green data centers in the region, based on the latest technology. Moro, a subsidiary of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), is one of the first organizations to lay the foundation for the largest 100% solar-powered data center, in partnership with Huawei.
Ammar Taba, Huawei’s Vice President of Public Relations and Media in the Middle East, anticipated high demand for green data centers in the UAE, in conjunction with the UAE’s tireless efforts to promote the adoption of the next generation of sustainable, environmentally friendly technologies. accelerate. He pointed out that dealing with “Moro” offers “Huawei” an opportunity to support the sustainable development goals in the UAE, in line with the significant growth seen by the renewable energy sector.
He added: “Today, modern technology plays a crucial role in the road map for the development and development of societies. In Huawei, we always strive to provide solutions based on the combination and harmony of advanced technologies such as cloud, artificial intelligence and fifth generation, with a focus on energy sustainability and achieving carbon emission reduction goals. We work with our partners within the ecosystem to achieve sustainable digital transformation of various sectors and industries. We will continue to support our customers to manage their data effectively and sustainably, enabling them to create new opportunities for their businesses and provide more advanced solutions and services in favor of building smart, low-carbon societies. “
Dr. Nemat Al-Gayar, Associate Director of Research at the College of Mathematics and Computer Science (MACS) at Heriot-Watt University in Dubai, explained that green data centers combine the latest technologies to achieve maximum energy efficiency and minimal environmental impact. She added, “According to a recent survey, 43% of data centers in the world have sustainability initiatives in place. A green data center uses less energy and space compared to a traditional one, and its design and operation is environmentally friendly as mechanical, lighting, electrical and computer systems are designed to increase energy efficiency and reduce environmental impact. Establishing and operating a green data warehouse includes advanced techniques and strategies.”
She continued: “With the increase in electricity use and CO2 emissions from data centers, the demand for green data centers will increase. We believe that energy from renewable energy sources, cooling facilities, energy efficient equipment and management systems are all common components as green data center solutions.”
Simon Bennett, Head of Technical Department at Rackspace Technology, said: “A large and growing trend has emerged across all countries of the region as the UAE announced its effort to generate 50% of its electricity needs from carbon-free sources by 2050. The design and operation of centers will constitute Data is an integral part of this plan, as many organizations have turned to collaboration with ultra-wide cloud service providers, driven by the drive to reduce costs related to electricity consumption in a number of their locations, and their desire to be a crucial pillar in supporting sustainability efforts at the national level, as well as their lack of desire to own data center facilities, and their openness to take advantage of more flexible options provided by cloud service providers .
Bennett added that shared resources offer additional benefits in terms of energy efficiency compared to relying on many small data centers, each of which requires its own power source, cooling technology, and often contains equipment that organizations cannot exploit in any way. In addition, cloud service providers usually use standard equipment that is regularly updated, and newer equipment is usually more energy efficient.
In addition to the above, the nature of equipment used in data centers is constantly changing. Thanks to a variety of energy management and cooling technologies, including the use of liquid-based solutions instead of traditional air cooling, the new equipment is now more efficient in terms of energy and heat requirements, which has played an important role in reducing energy consumption rates. Recently, cloud service providers have operated many data centers with solar power sources, which has contributed to reducing the overall carbon footprint of data center facilities, making these sources a larger share of the energy mix.
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