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SAN FRANCISCO-Large US corporations that use datacenters are very concerned about greater government regulation with regard to the environment while also acknowledging a greater use of carbon credits and a better understanding of what constitutes a green datacenter, according to an annual study of green datacenter trends. The report was commissioned by Digital Realty Trust, a locally headquartered REIT focused on datacenters. The survey was conducted in March by Campos Research & Analysis. The results are based on a survey of senior decision makers at large US corporations who are responsible for their companies’ datacenter and green IT strategies.

CLR’s chief technology officer Jim Smith says last year’s results made it clear there was a need for clearer standards and best practices for green datacenters. There has been significant progress in that area over the past year, he says including the publication of green datacenter case studies by industry leaders, the development of green building standards specifically for datacenters, and widespread efforts to educate datacenter professionals on the practical application of that information.

“We’re not there yet, but progress has been made, which is reflected in this survey,” Smith says. “By contrast, what dominates this year’s study is companies’ concerns about potential government regulation and how that would impact datacenter operations.”

Those concerns about are driving companies to accelerate the implementation of green initiatives to increase energy efficiency, he says. That’s good news, he acknowledges, but adds that some concerns about government regulation may not be warranted. Federal government agencies such as the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency are making “good faith efforts” to work with the industry and advocacy groups like The Green Grid to spur self-management of this issue, he says, adding that he believes that approach to be the most effective.

Key findings of the new study include:

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