I had the honor of attending a ceremony a few weeks ago to accept CenturyLink's recognition by ComEd for our ongoing efforts to promote energy savings and green initiatives at our Chicago CH2 data center. Through ComEd's Smart Ideas for Your Business® program, CenturyLink was acknowledged for lowering the PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) of our Chicago data center footprint. We are very proud of our ongoing sustainability efforts.
Why do data centers have a bad reputation as energy consuming behemoths? Data centers house large amounts of IT equipment that provide computing power to organizations across the world and they must consume large amounts of power to remain online. Our use of smart phones, tablets, PCs, video on demand, and streaming music are just a few examples of the technology and applications people use every day. We expect our devices and apps to work every day, all the time.