DO Ideas 2

Data Center powered by 100% green energy

I am a really satisfied DigitalOcean customer. I am totally happy with your service and I love the API and dashboard and everything else, like One-Click-Apps but one thing that is really important to me, is how you power your data centers.

It is important to save our environment to make the future even better, I would love too see a data center power powered by 100% green energy.

Iceland could be a good location for a green data center.

Please consider it!

  • Samuel Polat
  • Sep 11 2018
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  • Thomas commented
    September 11, 2018 16:37

    Is there any update here?

  • David Bingham commented
    September 11, 2018 16:37

    I'm currently choosing a cloud provider to use for my business and the response of DIgital Ocean to this thread has just made up my mind not to stick with DO. I enjoy the simplicity of DO's interfaces and pricing and would love to continue using it but in modern times there's no valid excuse not to be pushing for green infrastructure everywhere. True enough, you can't ensure that every electron passing through your data centre comes from a green source, but you can easily ensure that every unit of energy you consume is matched by clean sources feeding into the power grid. It's what I do with my home, using Good Energy (in the UK). And, contrary to the comments that green energy is impractical for data centres, it's also what Google does: https://environment.google/projects/announcement-100.

    If everyone bought enough wind and solar power to account for their usage, the global energy supply would quickly become 100% wind and solar powered. Clean energy isn't hard to use, it just takes willpower and investment.

  • Anonymous commented
    September 11, 2018 16:37

    What about green energy in your Frankfurt datacenter?

  • Frédéric BERNARD commented
    September 11, 2018 16:37

    Green servers is a very good idea !
    Servers consume a lot of energy.

  • Melvin commented
    September 11, 2018 16:37

    You're already in The Netherlands and there are already a fair amount of green datacenters here. I think the most well known is Evoswitch (owned by Leaseweb). A significant part of Wikipedia is hosted at that location for example. Google is now building a 100% green datacenter in the north of the country and the biggest telco KPN has several green datacenters.

    So enough options to shop around :)

  • Zachary DuBois commented
    September 11, 2018 16:37

    Green energy is truly great. However, it would be hard for DO to do this at many of their datacenters as they don't own the building they are in. They are just renting/leasing space inside a building and thus have no say of any power delivery. Additionally, most of the datacenters are in big cities (NYC1-3 for example). They are in tall buildings and probably only have access to one or two floors.

  • roger pack commented
    September 11, 2018 16:37

    The real question is...are you willing to check a box that says "pay an extra $1 and your box will be powered by green power credits!" ... ?

  • Gordon Frederickson commented
    September 11, 2018 16:37

    Check out Verne Global. They have all the infrastructure necessary to set up in Iceland. They are at the old USAF base at Keflavik. Their only downside is the amount of bandwidth available, but this will only increase with time and I can't imagine that DO would use all of the current available bandwidth.

  • MaXwell Falstein commented
    September 11, 2018 16:37

    Unfortunately, this is a wasted vote. I stand with everyone here by typing it would great to have a 100% renewable energy data centre; however the density involved in densely populated areas means it is very difficult to develop such infrastructure. If it were in the desert in California or Utah, I would be all for it, but in London or other cities, it is a lot more difficult.

    Having typed the above; it would not be very difficult to build a power network in a city, like London, which had offsite and onsite green generation which would enable the DC to run on 100% renewal energy.

  • Will commented
    September 11, 2018 16:37

    This would be great. I fully support this and wish that DO would explore at least using a more environmentally friendly solution, is 100% is not viable.

  • Adam Cooley commented
    September 11, 2018 16:37

    This is a great idea actually. There is a lot that the community can learn from @fb's efforts in building 100% renewable clean Data Centers. Your PUE and energy savings are enormous, if anything other then to make DO more profitable.

  • Nich commented
    September 11, 2018 16:37

    They should be able to purchase renewable energy from remote solar or wind power plants, though. They don't have to have the generators on-site.

  • Nich commented
    September 11, 2018 16:37

    This is important to me as well. :)

  • The Digital Orchard commented
    September 11, 2018 16:37

    Norway also has 100% green hosting and secure data centres, such as what Runbox.com runs on.

  • Samuel Polat commented
    September 11, 2018 16:37

    Which data center is the greenest, Moisey?

  • CRD commented
    September 11, 2018 16:37

    GreenHouseData.com in WYOMING datacenter would be the best!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Zach commented
    September 11, 2018 16:37

    Moisey, thank you for your honesty. That is unfortunate

  • Phil McKerracher commented
    September 11, 2018 16:37

    Agreed about Iceland, they're lucky to have geothermal. I now use hosting from a data centre in Amsterdam that is powered by 100% renewable energy. Their source is mainly hydro. There are quite a few similar hosts in the Netherlands and Germany.

    Strangely, they don't make much fuss about it - www.transip.eu recently reworked their corporate site and completely removed any reference to renewable energy.

  • Liam Devaney commented
    September 11, 2018 16:37

    The link you have provided as an example is broken, you need to remove the trailing parenthesis from the the following link:

    http://www.memset.com/press/august-07-win-more-business-by-going-carbon-neutral/)

  • B commented
    September 11, 2018 16:37

    Sorry- wrong link. http://www.bcorporation.net

  • B commented
    September 11, 2018 16:37

    Make a sustainability pledge, and the oceans will appreciate it.

    There is a large range of environmental best practices for servers, from low power consumption hardware, to safe disposal / recycling, and to environmentally-friendly fire suppression and climate control systems. It would be great to see Digital Ocean make some tangible progress toward sustainable best practices in whichever ways you deem most appropriate. In particular, I encourage you to make at least one data center go carbon neutral or operate entirely on renewable energy. Additionally, consider an option for environmentally-conscious customers to pay a nominal fee for a sustainable server.

    Sustainable practices involve much more than environmental wellbeing. For example, I hope you source hardware from companies that enforce an ethical supply chain, ensuring that employees who manufactured parts for your servers were treated fairly in a safe work environment. Especially in electronics, this is a critical movement of which we should all be aware.

    Finally, if you plan to take this seriously, consider reclassifying as a Benefit Corporation (http://benefitcorp.net). When well thought out, sustainable practices often end up being the most fiscally responsible decisions as well, though the bottom line should be about more than just money.

    When we all do our part, the efforts go a very long way. And given how great 2013 was, DigitalOcean's is a part is already nearly 1,000,000 large. Thanks for your efforts and consideration.

  • Terence Milbourn commented
    September 11, 2018 16:37

    QloudPress is built on GreenQloud's Truly Green™ cloud hosting platform at the Verne Global and Thor data centres near Reykjavik, Iceland. Both are 100% renewable energy powered facilities using only geothermal and hydroelectric energy sources.

    Probably the most sustainable and environmentally friendly data centers in the world.

  • Moisey Uretsky commented
    September 11, 2018 16:37

    Unfortunately there are very few "Green" datacenters, ones that are entirely powered by renewable energy. Mainly because datacenters are very power dense and many regions where users would want a datacenter are in densely populated regions which often isn't a good match for Green Infrastructure.

    We currently do not have any plans to expand to a truly Green Datacenter.

    Thanks,
    Moisey

  • Terence Milbourn commented
    September 11, 2018 16:37

    I want resell hosting for several "carbon free, renewables powered" hosting companies ~ Green House Data (USA), Verne Global (Iceland), GreenQCloud/Thor Data Center (Iceland). Do you have any plans to add "green" hosting? P.S. I am not talking about the BS kind of green hosing Rackspace is bigging up.