Greening the data centre and reaping the benefits

14 November 2020

David Watkins, solutions director for Virtus Data Centres

David Watkins, solutions director for Virtus Data Centres

You don’t have to work in technology to know that the internet is powering the way we live and work. Wired and wireless digital connectivity is a fundamental component of healthcare systems, remote working and learning, e-commerce, and public service delivery – particularly crucial during the COVID pandemic. You also don’t have work in the industry to know that the infrastructure that makes all of this work has often been considered a significant blight on the environment.

Today, there are more than eight million data centres globally, which not only dispose of many metric tons of hardware every year, but which also account for around one, to one and a half per cent of global power consumption, a proportion which is comparable with the level of carbon emissions of the airline sector. Experts agree that, if the technology industry doesn’t take action to reduce these numbers, it’s likely that the energy consumption of data centres could contribute more than ten per cent of the world’s electricity supply in the next ten years.

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Slough authorities to decide on Zurich data centre plans

12 November 2020

It is not clear at this stage whether the planned data centre is for Zurich’s use, but the application talks of “market demand” which suggests a commercial use for the data centre space

It is not clear at this stage whether the planned data centre is for Zurich’s use, but the application talks of “market demand” which suggests a commercial use for the data centre space

Local authorities are set to decide whether to approve Zurich Assurance’s bid to build a one million sq ft data centre in Slough.

The firm has applied to build the facility on the site of the Langley Business Centre, approximately five miles east of the Slough Trading Estate, the UK’s data centre capital. This proposal would see the demolition of the business centre next to Langley Station, and build a mixed-use development which would include some 60 homes, shops and pubs, and could include an energy centre and district heating system alongside the 93,000 sq m (1m sq ft) data centre.

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Microsoft retrieves data centre from Orkney

12 November 2020

Microsoft has retrieved an underwater data centre just off Scotland’s Orkney archipelago after two years of providing cloud services from the bottom of the ocean.

The 40-foot cylinder was descended into Scottish waters in spring 2018, powered by tidal turbines and wave energy converters.

Marine specialists took just a day to retrieve the data centre, which was coated in algae, barnacles and sea anemones from the seafloor after being deployed 117 feet deep – without affecting its operations.

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Secure I.T. Environments delivers new data centre through lockdown

27 October 2020

Secure I.T. Environments, a design and build company for modular, containerised and micro data centres, has completed a new data centre for Opus Trust Communications in Leicestershire, the omnichannel communication specialist working in heavily regulated industries.

The new modular data centre, which further increases the security rating of Opus Trust’s operations, began construction in April 2020, during the UK Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. The nature of Opus’ operations gave the project key worker status, and despite the many challenges created in the supply chain, logistics and onsite management of the project, it was fully delivered in just 15 weeks. Opus operates in sectors such as telecoms, utilities, financial services providers, as well as the NHS.


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