Microsoft to reduce data center cooling water use by 95%

Microsoft has shared his plans to make your data centers are more sustainable, tackling problems such as carbon emissions, waste and the use of water for cooling, which it will reduce by 95 percent in the next three years.

The company has proposed reduce water use by 95 percent in cooling of data centers by 2024, that is, in about 5.7 billion liters per year, as reported on its official blog.

The cooling system helps maintain server performance and reliability in warmer temperatures. The new approach will determine higher set points in different climates for evaporation systems.

According to Microsoft, this approach would be fully implemented by 2024, allowing eliminate the use of water for cooling in data regions such as Amsterdam, Dublin, Virginia and Chicago, and reduce its need by 60 percent in desert areas like Arizona.

Research in waterless liquid cooling has led the company to focus on the concept of ‘overclocking’, that is, a practice that allows increasing the clock frequency of an electronic component to increase its performance above the pre-established parameters.

In this sense, Microsoft has detected that they can increase performance by 20 percent of chips with liquid cooling, at higher refrigeration temperatures, also reducing the need for water for said cooling. This, they point out from the company, “unlocks a new potential for the design of data center racks.”

Likewise, the company understands that the design of a data center must be aligned with the characteristics of the environment in which it is located, such as native species, temperatures and rainfall.

The project he is developing in the Netherlands, in the Amsterdam data center region, will involve the construction of wooded lowland areas and wooded wetlands, with suitable vegetation to filter water from rain and runoff, with the aim of to restore ecosystem performance.

Microsoft has also noted that build 50 to 100 new data centers each year, what it has an impact on carbon emissions, mainly due to the carbon incorporated in steel and concrete.

To reduce them, they have used the tool ‘Calculator of carbon incorporated in construction’ (EC3), of the non-profit organization Building Transparency. With it, the company claims to have found opportunities to reduce the carbon incorporated in concrete and steel by 30-60 percent.

Along with designing and building more sustainable data centers, the company has also discussed its first circular centers, with whom you are looking extend the life cycle of servers and reuse them to reduce waste.

The company’s plans are to extend these circular centers to new cloud computing assets to achieve a reuse of 90 percent.

He has also announced the public preview of Microsoft Cloud for Sustainability, a specialized cloud that offers organizations the ability to access a comprehensive, integrated and automated set of knowledge to accelerate each stage of their sustainability journey.

By Editor

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