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Why Metaverse Hinges on Data Centers – What it means for the Future of Sustainability

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Sachin Bhalla, Vice President – ​​Secure Power Division, India and SAARC, Schneider Electric

The Metaverse is here, but there is still much to be accomplished before businesses can take full advantage of this new iteration of the Internet. One thing is for sure, the metaverse will require a lot of data centers. However, existing data centers are not ready to provide all the experiences the Metaverse expects and the extensive power needed to sustain it. In today’s world, business leaders must be very focused on expanding their data centers. This is done by first analyzing and understanding the equipment and infrastructure currently in place and implementing a framework for measuring environmental impact.

The world’s data centers already account for 1% of the world’s electricity usage, and while the industry has achieved incredible efficiency improvements over the past decade, these efficiency gains will continue to drive data center growth over the next few years. Whether it can continue to offset energy demand is unknown. Combine this with the high-capacity IT infrastructure required to support the metaverse concept, and it becomes clear that sustainable edge data centers are more important than ever. As a result, business leaders must be very focused on expanding their data centers. The first step is to analyze and understand the equipment and infrastructure currently in place and implement a framework for measuring environmental impact.

For large companies, now is the time to invest heavily in energy efficient and resilient technology. This starts with communicating a commitment to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) programs, then standardizing metrics that help drive adoption, benchmarks, and sustainability within the industry.
This energy-intensive business and data storage needs will continue to grow faster than ever. However, caring for the environment and incorporating sustainability activities into growth strategies is a priority for future data centers.

It has become a shared value for industry decision makers to choose between sustainability and other values. Data center owners, operators, and consumers of digital infrastructure are designing and laying out their future data centers with sustainability and energy efficiency in mind.

CRN reports that “demand for cloud services and remote working” and “increasing demand for colocation and hybrid cloud opportunities” mean the data center market will grow in the coming years. However, data centers use an estimated 200 terawatt hours (TWh) each year. This exceeds the energy consumption of some countries. And as hyperscale data centers reach the limits of processor shrinkage, energy demands will continue to increase, limiting further energy efficiency improvements.

India is well on its way in the metaverse. One way to do that is by deploying next-generation data center infrastructure management software solutions. It’s cloud-based, perfect for edge site management and monitoring, and the future of sustainability. The solution gives end-users and partners the ability to remotely manage their sites, as well as enables data collection and analysis, and predictive capabilities to improve performance. We also create a platform for monitoring, management, and services to ensure optimal performance.

An increasingly important factor is making it faster, easier, and more affordable to build and deploy computing at the network edge, enabling customers, partners, or integrators to pre-install IT equipment before it ships. Micro data center. Ideal for edge and IoT applications where speed, reliability, and security are top priorities, our micro data centers are certified by leading converged and hyperconverged IT vendors and offer solutions for IT, commercial or industrial environments doing.

In addition, another category, the modular data center, greatly simplifies the design and
Provides an alternative solution to overcome traditional data center challenges. Reduce deployment time by 50% compared to traditional builds and be operational within 6-9 months from design sign-off.

In conclusion, the demand for data centers will increase with the rise of the metaverse. Conversely, as data centers grow, so does the need to become more sustainable. Growing expectations for environmental sustainability in data center construction have led to new innovations in building design and installation of other systems, favoring markets with cleaner energy and utility profiles and long-term has stronger support for eco-friendly alternatives.

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