Service Provider Data Centers Are Expected to Add Record-Breaking 7,000 MW of Capacity in 2018

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Advanced microgrids can help data centers capture new revenue streams and provide a cleaner and more efficient approach to uptime

A new white paper from explores the role data centers will play in the growth of commercial and industrial (C&I) microgrids in North America and the rest of the world.

Data centers are responsible for protecting mission-critical functions, yet, they often rely on an inefficient redundancy of assets that carry a large carbon footprint. Advanced microgrids that leverage IT innovation to create networks offer a solution to this and a more efficient approach to uptime. : According to a new white paper from , in 2018, service provider data centers are expected to add nearly 7,000 MW of capacity—the fastest pace of expansion recorded.

“Rapid growth and the increasing importance of the data center industry makes it too important to continue with a conservative and polluting approach to uptime,” says Peter Asmus, principal research analyst with Navigant Research. “Creative solutions providers are turning to new technologies via new business models that can mitigate risks while increasing performance through options like advanced microgrids.”

According to the report, advanced microgrids for data centers can capture new revenue streams, transforming energy from a cost to profit. They can also increase resilience and sustainability by leveraging cleaner onsite assets through smart and cleaner power infrastructure, and by taking advantage of remote cloud applications to create new forms of distributed resilience.

The white paper, , which was commissioned by Schneider Electric, explores the role data centers will play in the future growth of C&I microgrids in North America and the rest of the world. According to recent data provided by IDC, there is a shift away from direct data center ownership to reliance upon service provider data centers. Likewise, there is a shift within the broader microgrid market from direct ownership of assets to outsourcing, as exemplified by Schneider Electric’s microgrids as a service business model. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the .

Contact: Lindsay Funicello-Paul

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* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Data Centers and Advanced Microgrids, is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.

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