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Supply chains were already stretched in 2019. Then COVID-19 hit, and the Russo-Ukraine War has exacerbated them still further. How can data center builders and operators manage the growing risks? Data Center Dynamics met with data center design and build experts from Align to discuss how we have helped clients grapple with supply chain issues—even before the pandemic.
Before the outbreak, supply chain challenges manifested in a shortage of high-end GPUs, which were being snaffled-up by crypto-currency miners before they could even reach retailers’ shelves. Post-COVID, such minor issues have been compounded by wider production issues affecting the supply of even more goods and materials, container ships that can’t find the space to dock, rising prices, and even war.
On top of that, the Russo-Ukraine War, launched at the end of February, has baked-in the sharp increases in oil and gas prices over the past year, which has caused power prices across the world to rise to record levels. Not to mention that some of the biggest supply chain impacts around the world involve anything with copper, tin, and silicon to produce microchips, which can be used in anything from server racks to RPPs in switchgear, and IT equipment to power equipment.
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