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Sustainable Networking: Can a Data Center be Green?

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David Owen talks “lowest hanging fruit” when it comes to greening the data center. 

Looking to reduce the carbon footprint of your business? If so, data centers are a great place to start, given that they are so highly energy-intensive.  

Juniper’s Distinguished Engineer David Owen recently published a Day One Green Paper on this very topic. Listen as he shares best practices for increasing energy efficiency in the data center with Rick Rutter.  

Also, learn more about how Juniper is addressing climate change. 

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You’ll learn

  • How greening a data center compares to greening automobiles  

  • Crucial, near-future solutions for increasing efficiency in the data center 

  • The easiest and most effective way to reduce energy use in your data center ASAP

Who is this for?

Network Professionals Business Leaders


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Rick Rutter

Guest speakers

David Owen
Distinguished Engineer, Juniper Networks 


0:00 data centers require a lot of energy so

0:02 if you're looking to reduce your

0:03 company's carbon footprint they are a

0:05 great place to start david owen a

0:08 distinguished engineer at juniper just

0:10 published a day one green paper on how

0:12 to affect power efficiency in your data

0:14 center so david can the data center be

0:16 green

0:17 so uh yes rick um

0:20 data centers can definitely be greener

0:22 and analogy like to use is like the

0:24 greening of transportation you know

0:26 specifically like the automobile

0:28 um you know first you have to but you

0:30 know first you have to measure you know

0:32 where you're at today and what your

0:33 options are so like for automobiles you

0:36 know they started measuring gas mileage

0:38 and uh efficiency and in the data center

0:41 we started uh measuring power

0:43 distribution efficiency such as like

0:45 transformers ups etc

0:48 and then you know what we found is when

0:50 we introduced like in the automobile we

0:52 introduced the um hybrid automobile

0:55 which turned out to be very efficient

0:56 and

0:57 what's very similar is like the eco mode

0:59 ups or other

1:01 battery backed hybrid power distribution

1:04 systems

1:05 these these are much

1:06 higher efficiency and

1:09 better in energy

1:11 however additional improvements are hard

1:14 to come by now

1:15 because we've done so much work so to

1:17 get further improvement if you look at

1:20 the automobile industry

1:22 they've shifted to electric okay so now

1:25 you know data centers really need to you

1:26 know answer back and you know how to uh

1:29 improve the efficiency you know beyond

1:31 the physical limitations

1:33 very cool so what kinds of solutions do

1:36 you see in our near future then

1:39 yeah so you know going back to my

1:41 analogy transportation if we think of

1:43 the movement of data is basically the

1:45 transportation of data using energy you

1:48 know if we think at this level a data

1:50 center is hosting equipment to move data

1:53 okay so so getting back to the

1:55 measurement aspect automobiles they

1:57 provide instruments to show the energy

1:59 use and even the ability to select modes

2:02 of operation to optimize the energy use

2:05 so we have to do the same for our

2:06 equipment and for the data centers and

2:08 make it easy

2:10 for users to optimize the energy use of

2:12 the data center juniper will be

2:14 improving you know the visibility of

2:15 energy use on its systems and provide

2:18 suggestions in the future that's awesome

2:20 david um so any final thoughts

2:24 yeah as a final thought the biggest

2:26 energy reduction that

2:27 that i'm aware of would be the reducing

2:30 energy for cooling

2:32 evs have a big advantage here because

2:35 they are moving and operating in open

2:37 air and easily remove heat you know data

2:39 centers are enclosed

2:41 um 30 to 35 percent of the energy is

2:44 needed just to remove the heat that's

2:46 produced by the equipment you know using

2:48 alternative um cooling like liquid

2:51 cooling technologies can reduce

2:53 energy to say five or ten percent

2:55 and that would be a 20 to 30 improvement

2:58 so that's awesome

3:01 so yeah well we'll continue to

3:04 transport more data using lower energy

3:07 by efficient silicon improvements and

3:09 making uh

3:11 options more visible to customers the

3:13 lowest hanging fruit is reducing energy

3:15 use to cool the data center and make it

3:17 even greener david this is amazing and i

3:20 really do appreciate all the work you're

3:22 doing and all the work the team is doing

3:24 to make our network more efficient and

3:26 more green

3:27 um

3:28 and so to read david's paper uh check

3:30 out the link below and to learn more

3:32 about how juniper is addressing climate

3:33 change please visit juniper.net

3:36 climate and while you're on the feed

3:38 please take some time to soak up some

3:40 little industry knowledge and news thank

3:42 you very much

3:48 you

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