According to figures published on CRB Online, there are over 250 data centres in the UK with power supply exceeding 354 MW; that’s enough power to sustain a city of 600,000 people. However, with the amount of data we produce doubling every two years (IDC), the pressure is mounting. Big data means big networks, big infrastructure, and big power.
Without a reliable source of power, data centres are facing the increasing risk of encountering costly downtime. Data published in the most recent DCD Intelligence Industry Census indicates that the amount of electricity consumed globally by data centres has increased by 19% over the last five years, and predicts that spending on cooling, which currently accounts for over 40% of total energy costs, will grow by 8.6%.
Power, and the cost of power, is the number one issue for data centre Operators. In a recent study by EnergyQuote, it shows that by 2020, the UK will be the most expensive delivered energy market in Europe. And forecasts from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) suggest that the UK will see significant energy price increases until 2027, as we transition to a low-carbon market.