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ESG Challenges in the Digital Infrastructure Expansion

  • JB Baker 
  • 2 min read

The global economy has a seemingly inexorable appetite for expanding the digital infrastructure – whether it’s deployed on-premises, in co-located data centers, or by cloud service providers, all the servers, networking, and storage gear require buildings, HVAC systems and power generation facilities to support them.  The booming demand for power-intensive artificial intelligence (AI) systems has served to turn this appetite into a ravenous hunger.

On the flip side is the expansion of environmental, social and governance (ESG) regulations which aim to drive more sustainable practices.  The discussion surrounding these challenges in the digital infrastructure sector is deeply intertwined with global efforts to combat climate change. As companies strive to comply with ESG regulations, the carbon footprint of data centers becomes a focal point of these initiatives.

The surge in electricity consumption required to power these technological advancements not only exacerbates sustainability concerns but also complicates compliance with these regulations aimed at reducing carbon footprints. Infrastructure and Operations leaders are caught in the middle – trying to scale up their service capacity while meeting ESG goals and finding space and power for their growing infrastructure.

In this challenging environment, computational storage solutions emerge as an innovative tool for I&O leaders to use in aligning data center growth with ESG goals through enhanced energy efficiency.

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JB Baker

JB Baker

JB Baker is a successful technology business leader with a 25+ year track record of driving top and bottom line growth through new products for enterprise and data center storage. He joined ScaleFlux in 2018 to lead Product Planning & Marketing as we expand the capabilities of Computational Storage and its adoption in the marketplace.