German Environment Ministry Mentions EvoSwitch as Example of Energy-Efficient Data Center

February 4, 2009
February 4, 2009 - (HOSTSEARCH.COM) - The German Environment Ministry has mentioned the CO2-neutral data center of Dutch company EvoSwitch as an example of an energy-efficient data center, it was reported recently. The mention came in a report on “best-practices” at green data-center initiatives in Europe, the US and Asia. EvoSwitch is one of eleven energy-efficient data centers described in the report.

The report was based on research done by the Borderstep Institute for Innovation and Sustainability. It is “intended as an eye-opener and incentive for other information technology and data center managers, as well as suppliers of data center equipment, to take social responsibility for energy use in data centers”.

“Energy use by servers and data centers in Germany was 10.1 TWh in 2008,” suggested Sigmar Gabriel, a Federal Environment Ministerm, in the report’s preface. “That’s twice as much as in 2000. Unless we take extra measures in data centers, Germany can expect to see a substantial increase in CO2 emissions. However, if data centers would follow the example of these innovative data centers, Germany alone would be able to reduce its power consumption by a total of 25.8 TWh until 2013, and thus reduce its CO2 emissions by 15.3 million tons and achieve a total cost savings of 3.5 billion euros.”

The report describes the EvoSwitch data center as “a remarkably efficient” with energy savings of 40% compared to traditional data centers. It also mentions the “near-term goal” of the center is to achieve savings if “70 to 80% compared to traditional data centers”.

EvoSwitch is a carrier-neutral data center covering more than 9,000 m2. It is ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 certified and has a total capacity of 20 megawatts, enabling EvoSwitch to “guarantee customers that there is always enough energy available”.

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