25 Jun A call to arms: IT must prepare for datacenter regulation
Green IT has flourished in datacenters across the United States and beyond over the past couple of years, driven primarily by organizations’ desire to cut costs on energy, cooling, new hardware investments, and facility expansion or construction projects. A new driver for honing datacenter efficiency is now looming, however, and datacenter operators should pay heed: Governmental regulation is coming, and the industry needs to prepare.
Such is the argument laid out by Mike Manos, senior vice president of technical services at Digital Realty Trust. Manos — formerly the general manager of Microsoft’s datacenter division — argues in his blog that political leaders will soon shine a legislative spotlight on datacenters in the name of reducing carbon dioxide emissions to prevent global warming. “Whether you view this to be a good thing or bad thing, it’s something that you and your company are going to have to start planning for very shortly. This is no longer a drill,” he cautions.
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