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Is this the most secure, most efficient data centre in the world

Deep inside the Mountains on the island of Rennesøy NATO built a large, high security ammunition store for the North Atlantic fleet.  A 100 m long upward sloping access tunnel leads to the large concrete buildings that were constructed inside the mountian. 

When NATO left the Norwegian site 4 years ago the Smedvig  Office family Investment company started the planning to refit the entire site  into a high security data centre,  located on the shores of the island of Rennesøy, with  concrete buildings deep within the caves carved out of the mountain.

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Schneider Electric and Start up Nlyte Named in Gartner Magic Quadrant for DCIM

Gartner has released its first Magic Quadrant (MQ) report on Data Center Infrastructure Management, laying out the market and positions for several DCIM providers across the four quadrants of leaders, challengers, visionaries and niche players.

The four companies in the Leaders Quadrant – those proven to be leaders in technology and capable of executing well — are Schneider Electric, Emerson Network Power, CA Technologies and Nlyte Software. All but Nlyte are major vendors that offer several other products and services outside of DCIM, putting Nlyte, a San Mateo, California-based startup, in company of heavy-weights.

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Ex-NATO Bunker DataCentre

A new Project in Norway is utilising an ex NATO bunker Green Mountain

Gartner report confirms, relocating to Green Mountain could save 50% of Data Centre OPEX. The data centre(s) have virtually zero carbon emissions and are cooled using “free cooling” provided by nearby fjord and waterways.

A report  by issued by Gartner explains that companies could cut Operational Expenses (OPEX) significantly by locating some of their IT in the Nordics where power costs are significantly lower than in UK and other European countries

Electric power in Norway costs about 40-50% of that of the UK and there is an over capacity of supply from zero carbon emission hydro power stations. As a consequence power pricing is predicted to continue to fall in Norway. In addition there are no CRC or other carbon taxes, and furthermore power pricing can be fixed for up to 10 years. This provides for predictable OPEX of an element that can cost between 40-80% of the Data Centre OPEX in other regions.

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New Datacentre in France

American CRM company Salesforce is setting up a new datacentre in France in a bid to bolster its presence in the EU, partnering with datacentre operator Interxion for the project. The French datacentre is one of three European facilities the company plans to open over the next two years. 

Fabrice Coquio, managing director of Interxion France said the facility is powered by 100% renewable energy, although we do not have details how!

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Benefits and Advantages of a Modular Data Centre

Benefits and Advantages of a Modular Data Centre include:

Flexible and scalable design: The modular data centre incorporates a snap-together design with a removable wall design. With the economies of scale and the benefits of repeatable, standardised modules, it is easy to match demand and scale infrastructure quickly.  Modules can be added when extra capacity is required or scaled down when infrastructure becomes obsolete.

 Flexibilility         Speed        Efficient         CapEx            OpEX           PUE

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French fibre in the DRC

French telecommunications giant Orange and the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)  have signed a ‘strategic’ deal, which will see the France-based company take control of the country’s optic fibre platform and manage it through a long term lease, and therefore serve Orange DRC subscribers with a high speed internet connection.

Orange, who launched its mobile operations in DRC in December 2012, is said to boast some three million subscribers in this mineral-rich Central African nation of 75 million people.

The signing ceremony took place in Kinshasa and was overseen by the country’s minister of Posts, Telecommunications and ICT, Kin-Kiey Mulumba.

Mulumba said signing the deal with Orange helped to correct the ‘anomaly’ and give the mobile operator the legal means to compete fairly with its rivals.

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Bringing the World Wide Web to Zambia

What could be the most advanced communications technology in the world was showcased in Lusaka this week as Chinese communications equipment giant Huawei Technologies welcomed its “Connected Possibilities – Make it Possible” demonstration truck to Zambia.

Yamfwa Mukanga the  Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications  officially launched the Zambia leg of the company’s road-show, in which the vehicles travel thousands of miles across the continent to exhibit the latest state-of-the art information and communications technology (ICT) equipment.

Mr Mukanga  expressed that by harnessing this technology – and encouraging others to do so – his government knows that it will help Zambia achieve the middle-income status by 2030. That will in turn bring prosperity, employment and transform the quality of life for all citizens.  They need to turn these possibilities into reality in order to keep ahead  of the game. Technology is changing fast and Zambia can leap frog ahead of it other  African nations by embracing new technology. For this reason it is vital that they all learn from the latest technology trend brought by Huawei.


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Data Centre Alliance Board of Governors.

Data Centre Alliance – the global not-for-profit industry representative body has elected six of the industry’s most powerful and respected chiefs to its Board of Governors.

Announcing the new appointments Date Centre Alliance (DCA) President Steven Norris (himself a former UK member of Parliament who held the position of Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Departments of Trade & Industry, Environment and Home Office) said, “In just two years the Data Centre Alliance has grown from being the brainchild of Simon Campbell-Whyte and Steve Hone to the highly respected industry representative body it is now.

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Prefabricated Data Centres by Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric Announces Availability of Prefabricated Data Centres up to 2MW

This new inovation enables rapid deployment and provides enhanced flexibility for data centre growth, enabling all site base work to be conducted prior to installation, with containers(sic) factory assembled IT, power and cooling, modules in a dry and secure environment.

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Schneider Electric, who is a global specialist in energy management, has set a new standard in prefabricated data centres with the introduction of 14 prefabricated data centre modules and 12 new prefabricated Data Centre Reference Designs. With unsure weather, this modular data centre is growing before your eyes. With delivery and installation almost as easy as fitting a small storage unit. Complete with n for your growing needs, the production time scale of work on site and off site is hugely reduced. But also flexibility is included allowing for phased growth.

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