Originally posted to Data Center Frontier by Rich Miller.

Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 11.06.44 AMToday we continue our Data Center Executive Roundtable, a quarterly feature showcasing the insights of thought leaders on the state of the data center industry, and where it is headed. In today’s discussion, our panel of experienced data center executives – Thomas Doherty of Aligned Data Centers, Matt Miszewski of Digital Realty, Steve Hassell of Emerson Network Power,  Jeff Klaus of Intel DCM, Joel Stone of RagingWire Data Centers and Jason Mendenhall of Switch – examines the data center industry’s track record on energy efficiency, where we’re at and where we’re going. The conversation is moderated by Rich Miller, the founder and editor of Data Center Frontier.

Data Center Frontier: In recent years, the data center industry has made solid progress on energy efficiency. What are the most promising opportunities and strategies for continued improvement?

Joel Stone: The next wave of energy efficiency in data centers will be in the cooling systems required to run servers, storage, and network devices at optimal performance. The goal is to leverage the most efficient cooling systems based on targeted airflows and heat transfer, combined with reductions in carbon dioxide emissions from using less energy.

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