A Word from the Uptime Institute Intelligence Team
Below, we summarize our key research reports from 2022 on topics like digital infrastructure sustainability, the threat of electromagnetic pulses, and cloud's effect on carbon emissions, sharing insights from our Uptime Intelligence team of global industry experts to highlight key findings from the past year, and present a look ahead to 2023 and beyond.
- Andy Lawrence, Executive Director, Uptime Institute Intelligence
Uptime Institute 2022 Research Recap
Financial Resiliency: How Europe Will Regulate Third-Party IT
When it comes to investing in digital resiliency, two sectors are known to spend more, proportionally, than all the others: professional IT service operators and financial services.
This report will look into the key elements and expected impacts of the European Union’s Digital Operational Resilience Act (DORA), which is expected to be passed in 2022, after which EU member states will have a year to comply with the legislation.
Creating a Sustainability Strategy
Readers of this report will learn about the key elements to include in a sustainability strategy, the actions necessary for a successful implementation, and the processes required to measure progress against goals and objectives.
Reducing the Energy Footprint
The first objective of a sustainability plan is to minimize energy use through conservation and efficiency measures — primarily by maximizing the IT work delivered per unit of energy used by the IT and facilities infrastructure.
This report focuses on best practices around tracking both facility and IT efficiency, building a measurement and reporting framework for energy use and increasing the amount of renewable electricity in the electricity supply to further environmental benefits.
Tackling Greenhouse Gases
A data center GHG emissions reduction plan should optimize and minimize energy consumption and focus on the procurement of renewable or zeroemissions energy to supply the data center. Executive support for staffing and resources to execute the plan is critical.
This report focuses on owned data center operations, including enterprise, colocation facilities, and cloud operations (Scope 1 and 2); IT operations in colocation data centers (Scope 2 and 3); and IT workloads running in public cloud facilities (Scope 3).
IT Efficiency: The Critical Core of Digital Sustainability
Public Cloud Costs Versus Resiliency: Stateless Applications
This report quantifies the costs of several common architectures for building resiliency for a stateless cloud application and determines the level of protection and compensation for each application.
Critical regulation: the EU Energy Efficiency Directive recast
Despite the introduction of numerous laws and initiatives to address climate change in the three decades since the first annual Conference of the Parties (COP) in 1995, they have only had a minimal impact on overall levels of carbon emissions.
In Europe, frustrated policymakers are now backing their carbon reduction commitments with stronger laws on energy use and carbon emissions management. Some of these will affect operators of critical digital infrastructure and data centers directly and will likely create standards and practices that will be adopted in many countries outside the EU.
The European Commission’s proposed recast of its Energy Efficiency Directive promises to transform how data center operators manage and report on energy performance and sustainability in Europe. The impact of the legislation is likely to spread beyond the EU.
Electromagnetic pulse and its threat to data centers
This report summarizes the types and effects of EMP, and offers recommendations to assist operators in assessing their EMP risk so that they can implement appropriate protection.
Digital Infrastructure Sustainability: Navigating Regulations and Standards
Investors and customers will increasingly use these standards to make investment and purchasing decisions. Legislators and regulators will use them as the basis of mandates governing the sustainability of operations and periodic sustainability reporting. Over the next decade, any operator hoping to thrive in the data center services marketplace will need to meet the requirements of many of these standards.
Uptime Institute Global Data Center Survey Results 2022
Three Key Sustainability Elements: Water, Circularity and Siting
Water management strategies are dictated by the data center cooling system(s) — managers must minimize water use. Circularity considerations include end-of-life product recycling and reuse, the use of recycled materials, and heat recovery. The siting and design of a new data center and / or the selection of a colocation or cloud facility set the boundaries for the sustainability strategy for all the associated IT.
Silicon Heatwave: The Looming Change in Data Center Climates
However, this well-established pattern has changed. A technology refresh at the start of the 2020s brought a marked increase in power for the new generation of highly performing and efficient servers that are the foundation of many IT infrastructures.
In this report we explore the factors that drove this change and what the implications and options are for data center designers and operators.
Glossary of Digital Infrastructure Sustainability
An executive summary of each report in the series is available for free on our website, while Uptime Institute Members can access the full versions of each report in Inside Track.
How Resiliency Drives Cloud Carbon Emissions
Strategic Siting: Colos in Central Business Districts
Sustainability Strategies in Colocation
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