Schneider Electric Highlights Role of Data Centers in Metaverse Sustainability – Back End News
There will come a time when the web will become decentralized as the internet slowly moves towards web 3.0. When this happens, it will be difficult to misuse data, as people will have more control over the data they share online. Web 3.0 creates new opportunities for users through the emergence of digital platforms where they can interact with each other in a shared and decentralized space.
The Metaverse serves as a manifestation of these virtual community platforms on the Internet. It provides a shared environment and economy where people can virtually interact and share knowledge with each other. However, some questions have been raised regarding the adoption of the Metaverse. The metaverse will require significant data center support before a truly immersive experience can be created on the web. For users to enjoy a shared digital reality, a combination of existing and emerging technologies will need to be integrated into the platform. Existing data centers are unable to provide the quality of experience that the metaverse seems to promise its users on Web 3.0.
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Data centers require significant computing power to support the metaverse. Additionally, engineers, designers, and administrators play a crucial role in ensuring that the platform runs smoothly. Significant manpower and power consumption will be required to support the Metaverse as more and more users continue to integrate the platform into their daily lives. Currently, global data centers already account for 1% of global electricity consumption. In the Philippines, interest and investment in data centers is growing rapidly, with the country set to be one of the largest data centers in Asia. According to a report by Arizton Advisory & Intelligence, the Philippines data center market was valued at $298 million in 2021 and is expected to reach $635 million by 2027.
As the demand for state-of-the-art data centers grows, business leaders must explore energy-efficient technologies to support the infrastructure that holds the metaverse together. Schneider Electric highlights how companies face the challenge of ensuring the sustainability of their business operations while meeting future data center demand. To address these challenges, the global energy management and automation specialist highlights several key offerings that can help balance current market demands.
“Schneider Electric offers a range of products that complement the growing interest in the metaverse. As a leader in sustainable innovations, Schneider Electric has developed micro data centers that provide a more cost-effective way to build and deploy computing solutions at the network edge,” said Abraham Lim, Secure Power Director at Schneider Electric. Philippines. “Edge computing will power the metaverse and keep the platform running for users in these virtual spaces by increasing efficiency on the network.”
The generation of mountains of data would allow manufacturers to adjust their processes and make operational decisions at all stages of the manufacturing process. In addition to giving manufacturers visibility from production to dismantling, industrial edge computing would also provide drivers with real-time data that will help them reduce travel time and save energy. Safety issues and regulatory issues related to smart vehicles can be addressed through edge computing and data from the Internet of Vehicles (IoV).
Schneider Electric also offers modular data centers that allow businesses to rapidly increase capacity by using non-traditional constructions and significantly reducing center deployment compared to existing data centers. Enhanced Modular Data Centers help businesses achieve architectural efficiency through the design flexibility of these centers. In addition to data centers, Schneider Electric offers EcoStruxure IT as a cloud-based solution for end-to-end management and monitoring of network edge sites. The software contains algorithms and IT infrastructure expertise that gives users and partners the right and on-site visibility as needed. This software includes up to 25% life extension, which would ultimately reduce the carbon footprint of any business.
Earlier this year, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) released a report stating that investing in large-scale data centers would bring the Philippines closer to securing its digital infrastructure. In addition, renewable energy generation projects are expected to attract foreign investors to participate in building our country’s digital infrastructure.
In a report by the IRENA Coalition for Action, the Philippines has yet to meet its target of eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by 75% by 2040, while neighboring ASEAN countries have targeted net zero emissions for the following decade. Virtually eliminating greenhouse gas emissions requires a forward-looking approach to powering the data infrastructure in the country, as it will consume a lot of electricity. Increasing the share of renewables in the grid mix, supported by the right systems, could help the Philippines move towards digital transformation and push it to keep pace with its neighboring countries towards achieving net emissions null. These initiatives could pave the way for investments in other clean energy sources as well as the development of the country’s technological capabilities for the era of the metaverse.
“With the approach of Web 3.0, metaverse players and business investors need to understand how to harness sustainability in the Philippines. Obviously, people tend to underestimate the long-term effects of Web 3.0,” said Lim. “The technologies and data centers needed to power these virtual spaces pose environmental challenges that need to be addressed now. New innovations from Schneider Electric can help these companies grow and adapt as the landscape changes.” of the country is changing with the evolution of these web technologies.