We believe the innovations of the next 5 years will be focused on flexibility, cost, speed and commercial structures.
Between 2009 and 2015 the data centre industry made huge strides in energy efficiency improvement. Annualised Power Utilisation Efficiency (PUE) Ratios fell from an average of 2 to 1.2 in new build applications and from 2.5 to 1.6 in existing sites.
During this period Future-tech received eight independent awards because of our adoption, development and refinement of energy efficient design principles and technologies. .In 2007, when most of the industry had little to no awareness of compressor free cooling for data centres and energy efficiency in general was not important, Future-tech was already developing and implementing free cooling systems that still operate at the industry’s leading edge today.
Energy efficiency, certainly in wholesale co-location facilities, has peaked for now. The widespread adoption of indirect air to air heat exchanger technologies, developed by companies such as Munters and Excool, have pushed PUEs down to sub 1.25 levels. In bespoke, well-tuned installations, sub 1.1 figures can now be achieved. This however does not mean that innovation is dead.
We believe the innovations of the next 5 years will be focused on flexibility of specification, cost per MW of construction, speed of deployment and the creation of new commercial structures. It is these areas that have strongly influenced our Polymorphic Infrastructure design.