Monday July 18, 2016

Data Centers Are Finally Using Less Electricity

A study is showing that despite a "boom in online activity," electricity consumption has barely grown in the last few yearsآ—it seems that tech companies have done a great job in making their server farms more efficient. Projections show that electricity usage will grow at a similar rate in the coming years, with the possibility of reduction, even, by as much as 45 percent.

From 2000 to 2005, the study found, data centers in the United States increased their electricity consumption by 90 percent. From 2005 to 2010, it went up another 24 percent, even with the Great Recession. But since then it has been flat, growing by only 4 percent from 2010 to 2014 despite a boom in online activity, millions of new smartphones, social media mania and other trends that have driven Americans to spend evermore time online. And, the study projects, from now until 2020 electricity use from U.S. data centers will grow only 4 percent and could actually be reduced by as much as 45 percent -- back to 2003 levels -- with additional energy efficiency measures.