In the US, data solutions start-up Vapor IO has partnered with Bloom Energy, a provider of clean energy systems, to increase the efficiency of distributed green data centres globally.
Vapor IO’s hyper modular data centre solution will be used together with Bloom Energy’s fuel cell tech to create a low emission data centre offering.
Industry research suggests that data centres are using a lot more energy than they need.
IT now accounts for 10% of the world's electricity consumption, according to a report by US energy-tech consultancy and capital advisory firm Digital Power Group.
The European Commission has also established a code of conduct in response to increasing energy consumption in data centres and the need to reduce the related environmental, economic and energy supply security impacts.
Vapor IO claims to be a provider of the world’s first intelligent, hyper modular data center solution that aims to significantly lower the capex and opex cost of building and running data-driven data centres.
Disaggregated data centres
The partnership between the two companies will result in a reference architecture utilising Vapor IO's modular Vapor Chamber, a hyper collapsed data center design, and Bloom Energy’s fuel cell technology, according to a company statement.
The Vapor Chamber is a modular design approach that features smaller, rounded data cylinders, about 3m (10 feet) in diameter, that address the issue of hot aisle/cold aisle containment.
The hot aisle/cold aisle is a layout design for server racks and other computing equipment in a data centre.
The agreement also allows Bloom Energy to leverage the Vapor IO CORE API for increased flexibility and situational awareness of data centre operating costs.
According to Vapor CEO Cole Crawford: “For too long, traditional data centre design practices have been a necessary evil due to the poorly integrated nature of the traditional data centre.
Peter Gross, vice president of mission critical systems at Bloom Energy, added: “Our goal of partnering with Vapor IO is to better enable companies around the globe to adopt green data centres.”