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The World’s First Climate Positive Data Centre

In the city of Falun, Sweden, the world’s first climate positive data centre is now being built. The initiator of EcoDataCenter is the energy company Falu Energi & Vatten in collaboration with the entrepreneurial company EcoDC AB. Schneider Electric will supply technology that will deliver energy efficient solutions and products to the project.

Information and Communications Technology is emerging as a new target area in terms of energy efficiency. The ICT sector alone consumes up to 10 percent of the world’s electricity. This reflects the growing cost of powering data centres, the global backbone of the Internet and the cloud. A single data centre can easily use more electricity than a mid-sized town. A large part of this energy is never used, but simply released as heat into the atmosphere, contributing to global and local warming. There are currently over three million data centres globally. According to several reports the combined carbon dioxide emissions from these data centres are expected to exceed the emissions from the entire airline industry in only five years.

Sweden has proven to be an excellent and safe location for data centres due to its cold climate, reliable and renewable energy sources, political stability and lack of natural disasters.

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Hitachi Data Systems placed Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant

Hitachi Data Systems Corporation (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, today announced that Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G1000 with Hitachi Accelerated Flash achieved an SPC-1 Result that dramatically exceeded any prior submission of the real-world emulating SPC-1 benchmark – piercing the two million SPC-1 IOPS ceiling for the first time.

Built specifically for the most demanding enterprise-class workloads in both standalone and converged environments, the Hitachi VSP G1000 all-flash configuration allows organisations to maximize return on their investments in flash technology while accelerating application performance, maximizing server virtualization environments, and enabling extreme-performance private cloud deployments.

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IDC have Predicted a Halt to Global Datacentres Growth by 2017

The total number of global datacentres will peak at 8.6mn in 2017 before beginning a slow decline, an IDC forecast claims.

According to IDC the decrease will be brought about by a steady migration from small on-site facilities to ‘mega datacentres’ managed and operated by large service providers.

However, the total worldwide space occupied by datacentres will continue to rise, jumping from 1.58bn square feet in 2013, to 1.94bn square feet in 2018.

The change will be fuelled by a realignment of corporate datacentre priorities. Once used for operational support, the datacentre is increasingly used by businesses to trial new strategies, develop products, gain insight and improve customer relations.

These needs require that datacentres reliably deliver large and complex transactions and analytic capacity, which in-house infrastructure is unable to achieve.

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IBM Determined to be Part of the Growth of Datacentres

Big Blue (IBM) is determined to be part of the growth of datacentres and appears to be reorganising its structure to maximise the cloud opportunity. IBM was the life work of 2 Americans, having evolved from NCR and CTR, being started by Thomas J. Watson and Charles Ranlett Flint on June 16, 1911 nearly 104 years ago.

Thomas John Watson Sr, Born February 17, 1874 was an American businessman, he served as the chairman and CEO of International Business Machines and oversaw the company's growth into an international force from 1914 to 1956.

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Merlin Datacentre Using Schneider Electric

This new custom built, modular data centre will provide Capgemini with a sustainable, flexible, high-density solution. Capgemini is one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services and will utilise Schneider Electric prefabricated modular data centre infrastructure to upgrade the IT, power and cooling capacity of its Merlin facility.

Paul Feeney, of Capgemini said, “Modular infrastructure allows us to align the requirements we have for high density, flexible racking, and energy efficiency. This makes prefab a more sustainable solution going forward.”

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IBM expanded in Middle East and Africa

Following last weeks rumours that IBM were slashing staff, now IBM opens a Digital Sales Centre in Cairo, Egypt, Africa.

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The centre, which represents a $3 million investment by IBM, will have a specialised IT sales force that works with IBM clients in 70 countries using digital and social platforms.

This is the sixth IBM facility in Egypt, but the first IBM digital centre of this kind in the region It is part of a collaboration agreement between IBM and the Egyptian Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA).

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Stulz Water Cooling with Cannon Technologies

Cannon Technologies an innovative containment system provider,  has partnered with cooling solutions provider, Stulz, to develop  of new data centre climate control technology for use in national security and extreme operations.

The two companies already cooperate worldwide on both water cooled data centre and DX outdoor enclosure cooling systems. This latest collaboration came about after Cannon Technologies was commissioned by the UK Government to develop a flexible, highly efficient, transportable data centre solution that could be easily and rapidly deployed in various environmental conditions – from desert and tropical to arctic and maritime – with virtually no prior preparation and almost instant operation.

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Finning Launches New Distribution Agreement with BASELAYER

By partnering with Baslayer, Finning can now distribute data centre modular technology wherever and whenever customers need it, indoors or outdoors, on or off the utility grid. 

Cloud Expo Europe / Data Centre World  Visitors can visit European Reseller and Base Layer on stand C50 at the show can learn more about the Baselayer data centre modules, which are built using lean manufacturing principles and integrated with a robust data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) tool to deliver visibility and control. This combination enables companies to deploy a data centre at any location and analyse performance metrics across the entire infrastructure and IT equipment. 


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Baltic Data Centre Fastest Growth Claim

 DEAC a Baltic DataCentre based in Latvia, recorded the highest turnover (To date) for the company last year

This trend seems to be continuing this year. Claiming to be the fastest growing company in the Baltic ICT market DEAC has a Planned roll out of services into the US, UK and German markets.

The turnover growth had risen by 64%, compared to the previous year, when the company turnover was 5 million euro. Due to increased demand for IT outsourcing services, DEAC has successfully tripled its turnover within the last four years. However there is growing interest in Slovinia and other Eastern European countries.

DEAC implemented the project DEAC External Marketing Activities, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. The aim of the project was to promote services in Russia, the United Kingdom, USA, Monaco and the Netherlands provided by DEAC, the leading data center operator in the Baltics.


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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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Green Mountain offers:-   security, reliable power, A remarkably low PUE, low cost readily available  cooling, low fire risk,

The fashion for building in the Northern hemisphere, Norway, Iceland and Sweden has eliminated the high cost of electricity to power chillers, but added to this using  hydro-electric power, and water -cooling, the data-centre is able to eliminate two major problems.

Built into the ready made  ammunition  hideaway, with 22,000 square metres available for the racks of servers which will now fill the underground halls that once stored ammunition for NATO. This data-centre has probably the world’s lowest PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness ) rating and with a practically non-existent carbon footprint.  The building, housed inside a mountain on an island in a fjord, was for many years kept secret during the cold war but  is now missile and mine free.  Security is also up to NATO standards.

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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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