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5 Cool Things You Didn’t Know About Data Centers

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Data centers help keep the world connected. The breadth of globalism’s influence on the world economy can be felt from the speed with which people are able to communicate and do business. These data centers are spread all around the world and vary in size from small facilities to massive structures. There are also a variety of facts that many people are not aware of regarding data centers, even though they provide a critical role in keeping us connected and keeping businesses moving forward. 

Here is some interesting information about data centers around the world. 

  • Artificial Intelligence in Data Centers

Data centers continuously evolve in order to adapt to new circumstances and increased workload. That also involves integrating cutting-edge technologies, such as AI, in order to increase efficiency. With keen human oversight, AI can greatly optimize data centers and their computational powers. 

For example, workload distribution is something that was primarily handled by IT teams. However, humans are not as capable of working around the clock as efficiently as an AI system. IT teams can change their priorities if they can successfully oversee an AI system in handling workload distribution. This reduces the workload on the IT teams, thus reducing the human margin of error and allowing them to perform other tasks. 

Additionally, AI can perform predictive analytics. These analytics can be performed using more metrics and at a substantially faster speed than humans can perform them. AI systems focused on predictive analytics can learn a company’s patterns and determine supply/demand logistics before demands are even made. 

Overall, a well-maintained AI system can mitigate staffing issues. In the US, there is a shortage of employable people who have training in IT systems and data center management. As the employee field catches up to produce more people with these skills, AI can fill the gaps. AI systems can also perform tasks such as routine server maintenance, system checks, and updates/patches.

Lastly, given the nature of what AI is capable of in data centers, cloud VPS computing is inherently a task it is well suited to manage. 

There may be a day far in the future when data centers are run entirely by AI systems. However, for now, there must still be human oversight and people who can perform tasks that a computer cannot yet do.  

  • Largest Data Centers in the World

The largest data center in the world is located in Langfang, China. This center comprises 6.3 million square feet in total. For a size comparison, the US pentagon is 3.7 million square feet. The facility in China is overseen by the Range International Information Group. 

In comparison, America’s largest data center is 3.5 million square feet. It is located in Las Vegas, Nevada. This facility is run by the SuperNAP. The location was picked in order to reduce the chances of encountering natural disasters. 

There are also other areas where data centers may be smaller, but are highly concentrated. The highest concentration of data centers in the US is in the New York/New Jersey tri-state area. The second concentration is in California.

  • Renewable Energy

Data centers use huge amounts of electricity in order to keep people connected around the world. An average data center uses approximately 100x more energy than a regular facility of equivalent size. That is enough electricity to power a small town. The electricity usage of an average data center is also almost half of its operational costs. 

As technology in the renewable energy field has advanced, so too has the realization that integrating renewable energy is a cost-competitive choice. Established businesses that intend to maintain their data centers for decades have discovered that they will save more money in the long term if they use methods such as solar panels to produce their electricity. 

Additionally, the businesses that run data centers realize the value of renewable energy in general. Considering how significant electricity costs are for these facilities, they recognize the necessity of reducing that expense in order to increase their profit margins. They also strive to use renewable energy as it is good for the planet, but also placates a growing concern among customers who are worried about global warming. 

Large businesses have aimed to collaborate with the EPA and business partners when it comes to renewable energy. Businesses have begun developing unique and complex contracts in which energy is traded or exchanged. This has increased the efficiency of electricity usage between the different parties. 

  • Data Center Usage is Huge

Approximately ⅓ of data passes through the cloud VPS of a data center. There are approximately 3 million data centers in America. There are roughly 8.4 million data centers around the world. Around 85% of American households have a computer, and approximately 75% use the internet for some purpose. 

As technology becomes more efficient and thus more readily available to people in all economic situations, there will be more data that passes through data centers and cloud VPS. This continuous advancement of technology usage will require continuously optimized and upgraded data center technology. 

  • Data Centers Use Water Cooling

It may seem counterintuitive for a facility that is filled to the brim with expensive electronics to use liquid as a cooling system. However, liquid cooling is one of the most efficient and cost-effective strategies to maintain safe temperatures in electronics. The heat capacity of liquids is significantly higher than other materials. 

There are different types of technology used to cool electronics in data centers. Some systems involved transferring heat to a liquid and then transferring the heated liquid away. Other systems involve immersion of the electronics into liquid. Liquid cooling is also a more environmentally friendly and cost-effective method of maintaining optimal temperatures. 

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If you are curious about how to optimize your data center, consult Solar VPS. We offer a variety of services that you can use to ensure your cloud VPS is operating properly and efficiently. 

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