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With the latest launch of Chatbots like ChatGPT, a new generation of artificial intelligence is emerging. This shift brings a heightened demand for data center operators and investors to accommodate rising High Performance Computing (HPC) needs. Another critical element will be incorporating methods and strategies to improve sustainability, mitigating higher energy costs and greater demands on data center resources.

At DIAL, we recognize that now is the crucial time for investors and operators to stay ahead of emerging AI needs for both new facilities and upgraded data center operations.

The AI Challenge and the Data Center Response

Traditional data centers were not built for the immense computational demands of AI. Training these complex models requires massive datasets and specialized hardware, leading to a significant increase in server racks and more robust networking infrastructure compared to traditional data center operations.

Running these powerful AI models will also demand a drastic increase in power consumption. Data centers must find ways to meet this demand while remaining sustainable. Finally, the high-density computing environment generated by AI workloads will create immense heat, requiring innovative cooling solutions.

AI Investment Opportunities

Forward-thinking data center owners are already tackling these challenges, here is how we are helping organizations unlock AI’s profit potential:

Development Management services:

Strategic review and planning

Sustainability and energy efficiency


DIAL is your partner to deliver exceptional returns for data center investors while shaping the future of our critical industry.

Contact us today to discuss how your investment portfolio can benefit from the exciting convergence of AI, quantum computing, and next-generation data centers.

DIAL is excited to announce a significant development within the Keysource Group. On March 25th, 2024, Keysource Group, a leading specialist in data centers and critical environments, welcomed GDM Building Consultants Ltd (GDM) to the group.

GDM’s Expertise Enhances DIAL’s Client Offerings

GDM is a renowned multi-disciplinary consultancy known for its excellence in MEP engineering, sustainability and facilities management solutions. Their expertise aligns perfectly with the evolving needs of data center investors, and this acquisition strengthens DIAL’s ability to provide you with:

A Strategic Partnership for Future Success

GDM will continue to operate under its own brand, serving its existing clients. However, all companies under Keysource Group will leverage their combined resources and expertise to deliver enhanced value to all our clients.

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At DIAL, we believe this strategic partnership positions Keysource Group as an unparalleled partner for data center investors.

Contact DIAL today to discuss how this expanded offering can inform your investment strategies and optimize your data center portfolio.

Together, we can shape the future of sustainable critical infrastructure.

In today’s investment landscape, sustainability is no longer a niche concern; it’s a driving force. Investors in Data Center (DC) operators and enterprises are increasingly prioritizing environmentally friendly practices. This shift presents a significant opportunity to improve returns, mitigate risk and create a positive impact.

At DIAL, we understand this evolving landscape. We empower DC operators and enterprises to become sustainability leaders, unlocking a powerful combination of environmental responsibility and enhanced investor value.

How DIAL Can Help You Achieve Sustainability Goals

Unlocking the Green Potential

DIAL offers a range of services to turn sustainability goals into reality. We can help you

DIAL is your partner in creating a sustainable data center ecosystem. Contact us today to discuss your specific sustainability goals and explore how DIAL can help you achieve them.

Ready to Invest in a Greener Future? Contact us today to get started.

A recent development in Virginia could significantly impact the way data centers operate and the decisions made there. Delegate Rip Sullivan of Fairfax County, recently proposed a new bill, HB 116, in the Virginia House of Delegates.

The new bill aims to significantly impact an reshape the state’s data center industry by introducing stricter energy efficiency standards.

Key Provisions of HB 116

PUE Threshold for Tax Breaks:
Data center operators seeking sales and use tax exemptions on data center purchases must achieve a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) score of 1.2 or lower. This aligns with the industry’s best practices and incentivizes efficient operations.

Top 15% Benchmark for Mixed-Use Facilities:
Data centers within buildings with mixed commercial uses (over 20% non-data center space) must achieve an energy efficiency level ranking within the top 15% of similar buildings built in the past five years. This ensures comparable efficiency even in non-dedicated data center structures.

Renewable Energy Mandate:
By 2027, data centers must source 90% of their electricity from carbon-free renewable sources or through associated renewable energy certificates. This ambitious goal promotes sustainability and aligns with Virginia’s clean energy aspirations.

Diesel Ban for Backup Power:
The bill prohibits qualifying data centers from using diesel fuel for on-site backup power generation. This encourages adoption of cleaner alternatives like hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) or fuel cells.

Implications for Data Center Owners and Operators

Compliance Requirements:
DIAL recommends a proactive approach to assess current PUE scores and identify potential efficiency improvements to meet the 1.2 threshold. Additionally, mixed-use data centers should evaluate their energy performance against the top 15% benchmark.

Renewable Energy Procurement:
Develop strategies to procure carbon-free renewable energy or invest in renewable energy certificates to comply with the 2027 mandate. Explore options like power purchase agreements (PPAs) or on-site renewable generation.

Backup Power Alternatives:
If currently using diesel for backup power, consider transitioning to HVO or alternative technologies like fuel cells before the ban takes effect. Evaluate cost-effectiveness and feasibility of each option.

Stay Informed, Stay Proactive:

DIAL is committed to keeping our clients informed about evolving regulations and trends. This new bill signifies Virginia’s commitment to a greener data center industry, and early preparation will be key for Data Center Owners and Operators to adapt and thrive in this changing landscape. We encourage you to reach out to your DIAL representative to discuss your specific situation and develop a tailored compliance plan.

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