Supermicro has developed a new metric - the total cost to the environment

IT leaders increasingly regard Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) as a measure of operational efficiency for their data centers. Supermicro challenges them to look more broadly at a new metric – the Total Cost to the Environment (TCE). There are two ways to measure and improve TCE: improved data center power efficiency and a drive towards elimination of e-waste. 

  • Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) – the ratio of total energy used by a data center facility to the energy delivered to the IT equipment – is a way data centers measure operational efficiency. The US Department of Energy indicates that today’s average data center PUE is approximately 1.6 due primarily to high efficiency hyperscale data centers, but according to IDC over two-thirds of US enterprise data center facilities have a PUE over 2.0. 

  • E-waste is created when data centers refresh their server, storage and networking equipment, which occurs on average every 3 to 5 years.  An estimated 20 to 50 million metric tonnes of e-waste is disposed of globally every year depositing heavy metals and other hazardous waste into our landfills.

With a focus on innovative technology advancements and data center Total Cost to the Environment (TCE), Supermicro urges industry leaders to incorporate disaggregated Resource-Saving solutions into their data center plans, with a goal to lower the average data center PUE to 1.30 and reduce their E-waste by 2025. The health of our environment, our planet, and our citizens may depend on it.