Most companies are unaware of the environmental impact of data storage
IT services and hardware have become a top sustainability priority for most businesses, but many are unsure how effective data storage is in terms of sustainability and carbon footprint, according to a new study.
That’s according to a new report from Fujifilm, based on a survey of 1,200 senior executives from Japan, the US, Germany and China. He adds that companies “grossly underestimate” the environmental impact of the energy needed to support such high storage volumes, as well as the resulting carbon emissions, Fujifilm says.
By 2025, the world will have generated more than 11 zettabytes of data, according to a separate report from market analysts IDC, and with that growth, the demand for data storage will increase. Of those who have not yet considered greener data storage options, more than a third said they were unaware of the problem or did not initially understand it .
Can tape storage contribute to climate change?
As the energy consumed by data centers increases “at an alarming rate”, tape storage is emerging as one possible solution, according to Fujifilm President Hironobu Taketomi.
“Fujifilm looks forward to working with other industry stakeholders to identify solutions, such as tape storage, that can help mitigate carbon emissions from data storage, which will help support the field. technical framework of the United Nations Paris Agreement designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and limit global warming,” he said.
Many report respondents also said they would not be able to tell the difference between “hot” and “cold” data and were unsure how this knowledge might affect their sustainability practice.
But generally speaking, most companies want to do their part in the fight against climate change. The vast majority of US respondents, for example, cited ICT services and equipment as priority areas for their organization in their fight against climate change. Recycling, energy consumption and employee/customer awareness were also listed as priority areas.