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Posted by Phil Alsop on 04 July 2024 at 7:16 am
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The crucial specialist data centres facilities needed to support the growing proliferation of artificial intelligence (AI) within global industry are significantly impacting power and water usage, presenting the sector with both challenges and opportunities for sustainability and resource management. This is according to the latest independent industry survey (number 28), commissioned by BCS, (Business Critical Solutions) the specialist services provider to the digital infrastructure industry, which captures the views of over 3000 senior data centre professionals across Europe, including owners, operators, developers, consultants and end users.

Over four-fifths of survey respondents reported experiencing an uplift in demand as a direct result of AI over the past year. However, 85% believe that the pace of widespread adoption of AI is currently being restricted by the lack of available power and facilities tailored for AI workloads.

There is however positive news as the sector continues to use AI to benefit from greater efficiencies, cost savings, driving improvements in services with the expected impact of AI on the operational side for data centres expected to be very positive. Over 65% of respondents reported that their organizations are regularly using generative AI, nearly double the percentage from their 2023 survey and around 90% of respondents expect their data centres to be more efficient as a direct result of AI appli

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