KT data centers adopt AI-based management solution to save electricity

By Kim Joo-heon Posted : August 17, 2021, 14:46 Updated : August 18, 2021, 14:04

[Courtesy of KT]

SEOUL -- South Korea's telecom company KT will adopt an artificial intelligence-based data management solution to reduce electricity consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Through the solution, the company will effectively manage internet data centers where many servers, routers and switches are managed autonomously.

With cutting-edge equipment and reliable security, an internet data center (IDC) manages server equipment that is burdensome for companies to operate. Greenpeace data showed the total amount of electricity used by the world's data centers every year was about 1.97 trillion kilowatt-hours (kWh) which can power more than 100 million households per year.

Because servers and computers generate a lot of heat, data centers use electricity to control the air temperature and humidity inside the building. If a data center fails to keep its machines cool, servers will break down.

KT said on August 17 that "AI IDC Operator," the company's new artificial intelligence (AI)-based solution, offers autonomous temperature and humidity controlling features. KT Mok-dong IDC 2 Data Center in southwestern Seoul is the first KT data center to adopt the AI-based solution. The company said that its autonomous management solution will be applied to all data centers in the future.

KT's Cloud and Digital Transformation Division Vice President Lee Mi-hee said that the company would adopt new energy-related technologies to create a greener environment for data center management. She stressed that for enterprises, providing online services through an IDC is more energy-effective than operating private server rooms.

The management solution for data centers is part of KT's blueprint to reduce up to 13 million kWh at its four data centers in Seoul and surrounding cities. To achieve its goal, the telecom company replaced new energy-effective cooling and ventilation systems.
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