Recently, Randy Ortiz, VP, data center design and engineering at Internap, met with Dan Prows, Director, U.S. Buildings Group at Morrison Hershfield, to discuss the latest in green data center design.
As a sustainability consultant who heads the LEED certification process, Dan is instrumental in working with engineering teams to build sustainable data centers that also meet performance requirements. Data centers consume an enormous amount of energy, so this must be addressed when planning for efficiency. Overall energy consumption must be considered, and choosing newer equipment with a lower operating cost can help achieve the desired results. Optimizing server and hardware performance can reduce heat, and an efficient cooling process can reduce the energy footprint of the building.