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Three Ways Colocation Providers Can Show Their Sustainability Smarts

May 2021

When the pace of life slowed in 2020 as a result of COVID-19 shelter in place mandates, the environment around us we saw meaningful — and positive — change. Now there is collective desire and a growing demand to get back to business without compromising the opportunity we’ve been presented. In fact, sustainable practices are becoming a top-of-mind topic among investors, c-level executives, employees, and customers who want to invest in, run, work for or buy from organizations who are actively committed to operating in a sustainable fashion.

Energy costs related to cooling account for nearly 37% of the overall data center power consumption, and are the fastest rising data center operation expense. This is one reason why many colocation providers are leading the way in sustainable business operations through energy efficiency initiatives. They are using advanced cooling systems that optimize air flow with smart sensors, and some are switching to clean energy to power their facilities in efforts to offset environmental impact.

As a result of the rise of hybrid cloud architectures inside colocation facilities, more organizations have an opportunity to migrate some or all application workloads to them, and thus reduce their own carbon footprint. For colocation providers, attracting and retaining sustainability-focused tenants means not only operating in a sustainable manner but also publicly sharing sustainability goals and results.

Here are three strategies to consider in order to show your sustainability smarts:

  1. Many organizations participate in in voluntary sustainability reporting frameworks such as the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). This is an effective way to determine what data to track and how, as well as providing results in a manner that is consistent with what tenants are seeing.
  • Curate or create content explaining how hybrid cloud frameworks enable repurposing of unbalanced resources in data centers lead to unusable power, space, cooling and connectivity, creating high and unnecessary energy costs.
  • Take advantage of innovations in wireless monitoring and cooling products like Panduit SynapSense™ Wireless Monitoring and Cooling Control Solution, which helps operators gain control over unpredictable environmental conditions and capacity challenges. SynapSense optimizes cooling capacity through turnkey intelligent software and wireless nodes and reduce cooling energy use by up to 50%.

At Panduit We're Serious About Sustainable Business

At Panduit, sustainability drives our business practices. We are committed to providing you with the most cost-efficient and environmentally sound solutions available.

Because sustainable business practices have always been at the core of what we do, it’s a natural progression for us to create award-winning solutions that put sustainable business at the foundation of your infrastructure, too.

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Teri Acuna

Teri Acuna is a Global Account Manager within the MTDC vertical at Panduit. In this role, Teri works with not only the MTDC Accounts directly but, with the Integrators, Consultants and Contractors deploying solutions from core & shell projects to cage fit outs within the MTDC sites. As President of a Chapter of AFCOM, Teri collaborates with various MTDC’s and their tenants throughout the US and abroad on their strategic data center plans, pain points, speed to deploy models and trending data center solutions. Teri is a LEED AP/BD+C and focuses on the wholistic solutions that align with the energy efficiency challenges in the MTDC world. Teri has been with Panduit for 14 years and brings over 25 years of experience in structured cabling, conveyance, power, and cooling. Prior to Panduit, Teri owned a structured cabling contracting company in Central Texas with customers like the University of Texas, the City of Austin, and the State of Texas.