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That data centres lie at the heart of digital transformation around the world is common knowledge today. It is worth noting that various experts once predicted that data centre energy demand would continue growing and eventually consume over 20 per cent of global demand. Fortunately, that never happened due to huge improvements in energy efficiency and the performance of new processors. Coupled with software-based technologies such as virtualisation, containers, and microservices, and it became possible to do a lot more using the same resources to curb power consumption. Strides in computing capability But what will data centre energy consumption be like over the next decade? To answer this question, Schneider Electric did an internal study that attempted to model this in 2018 and forecast potential IT energy consumption. Before looking at it, it is worth highlighting some major developments within the data centre.