Growing carbon emissions and increased consumption of electricity by data centers worldwide are prompting the construction of green data center facilities. These services help in achieving energy efficiency in IT operations, and management of power and cooling infrastructure by reducing electricity consumption and carbon footprint. Innovative support for data centers will improve the efficiency of data center facilities, including use of renewable energy sources, free cooling techniques, consolidation, and waste recycling to operate a green data center facility.

The growth of cloud computing model has led to establishing numerous data centers around the world that consume huge amounts of power. As data centers consume huge amounts of power, enhancing their power efficiency has become a major challenge in cloud computing. Therefore, eliminating any waste of power in cloud data centers is necessary. This can be achieved by observing how power is delivered to the data centers' resources, and how these resources are utilized to serve users' jobs.

As core infrastructures housing the Internet and cloud services, data centers have been quickly expanding in both numbers and scale, resulting in a soaring power demand and collectively accounting for over 2 percent of global electricity usage. The rising energy price and heavy use of carbon-intensive electricity have undeniably placed an urgent emphasis on optimizing data center power management and building an energy-sustainable IT industry.

The latest generation of holistic power management solutions represents a major advancement in data center monitoring and management systems.

Companies are taking initiatives to improve power measurement and facilitate green data center developments.

Green technology has always had its roots in power management technologies. After all, enterprises need to be able to manage and measure power consumption to determine how energy efficient a technology is. With that in mind, numerous vendors have introduced software and hardware packages to reduce power consumption. Yet, there is still much progress to be made, especially when it comes to creating a green data center.

With public concerns over energy consumption aligned with business interests, public and private entities alike have initiated major efforts in recent years - like Facebook's Open Compute Project - to make data centers more efficient. Governments and enterprises are exploring ways to efficiently run data centers in hotter climates, investing in innovative storage solutions, and turning to renewable energy sources.

Global Market

Power Usage in the Data CenterThe global data center power management market, which was valued at USD 12.30 billion in 2015, is likely to grow at a CAGR of 10.7 percent from 2015 to 2020 to reach USD 20.44 billion in 2020.

Factors including increasing carbon emissions with the rise in the number of data centers and the need for energy-efficient power solutions are driving the growth of the global market. The increasing number of new data centers and the requirement of efficient power management to reduce the high consumption of energy by data centers are providing opportunities to the data center power market across the world.

Enormous growth is seen in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region and is expected to command the fastest growth within the next 5 years, at a high CAGR of 19.6 percent from 2015-2020. The trend of adoption of data center power solutions in APAC is mainly driven by the development and increasing numbers of data centers with demand for highly energy-efficient power solutions in this region.

Efficient power solutions in data centers are attracting attention for reducing electricity consumption, minimizing carbon emissions, and making data center operations cost effective. Distribution, conditioning, and power backup are the major functions of a data center power system. There are various vendors that are providing innovative solutions such as power distribution and measurement, power backup, and cabling infrastructure.

Keeping environmental conditions in a defined range and minimizing energy consumption at the same time is one of the major ongoing challenges in a data center. To meet these requirements, the design for such solutions requires a comprehensive consideration of all the operational processes in a structured approach.

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