Based on a report I wrote for Broadgroup I was invited speaker at Data Centres 2012, a European data centre conference whose theme is “energizing the future of Information Technology delivery,” scheduled for May 23-24 in Nice, France.
Some thoughts and high lights from the report ‘Power market, Power prices and data centres in Europe’ (which is available from BroadGroup) were shared in this presentation.
The conference included 100 speakers, three conference theatres, and five master classes. The attendance was more than 750 professionals from 30 different countries. The two-day event offered insight, learning, networking, marketing and business opportunities across data centre and cloud markets in Europe. To get an impression of this event have a look at the blog entries from Michael Manos with some impressions.
Outline of the given presentation ‘Power markets, Power prices and Data Centres in Europe’
The quality and availability of the data center stands or falls with the quality and availability of the power supply to the data center. Besides knowledge of the retail prices of electricity it is also necessary to have a good understanding of the current trends in electricity production and consumption. At the end data, centers have to compete with many other consumers to get access and supply of scarce energy sources. Therefore it is also important to have an overview about current developments and trends in the electricity supply chain and electricity infrastructure.
Key take aways …
Data Center stakeholders should closely watch the current Power Grid developments in Europe
Data Center operators must make Power or Electricity management as one of their core work processes.
As we all know the quality and availability of the data center stands or falls with the quality and availability of the power delivered by the power grid to the data center.
The IEA’s estimates are that the amount of money required for the implementation of the necessary investments is close to 1900 billion euro!