Ireland’s state-owned Electricity Supply Board (ESB) recently made headlines when the company publicly referred to its data centers as a liability for their heavy power consumption.
As explained in DatacenterDynamics, the remarks appeared in an interim financial statement from 1H17. The issue was referred to as a principal risk to the company, and was later clarified by a company spokesperson.
“To put it into context, the current load in Dublin is around 1,200 mega volt amps (MVA), which has grown over the last 90 years, and there is about 1,400 MVA in data center applications and enquiries in train.
“This level of demand growth is unprecedented and would almost double the demand in Dublin over a five-year period,” the spokesperson continued.
To accommodate this growth, the company is constructing two 220kV stations. This will make seven stations in total.
Now is a good time to analyze your own data center, and check to see whether it, too is a liability. Do you have the resources in place to accommodate future growth? And from a cost perspective, is your data center becoming a drain on the enterprise?
If so, real-time data center power monitoring solutions can help. By monitoring electricity consumption directly at the rack level, you can gain the insight you need to understand exactly how your facility is performing and understand what you need to do to keep it running at a high level into the future.