Apr 22, 2021

Host in Ireland launches DCs for Bees Pollinator Plan

Harry Menear
3 min
The roadmap lays out concrete steps through which data centre operators can help combat the biodiversity collapse in Ireland.
The roadmap lays out concrete steps through which data centre operators can help combat the biodiversity collapse in Ireland...

Happy Earth Day everyone. In recognition of the importance of our natural world - and the stomach-clenching rate at which humanity is turning it into a wasteland of un-recycled plastic and ash - we’re featuring the new roadmap released this week by Host in Ireland: the DCs for Bees Pollinator Plan. 

Host in Ireland is a global strategic initiative that works to convince companies around the world to situate their digital and data centre assets in Ireland. As part of its mission, Host in Ireland is also the governing body overseeing the DCs for Bees initiative, a sustainability program that aims to make data centres part of the solution to the country’s declining bee population and subsequent biodiversity collapse. 

“The time for living in a haze of denial and limited advocacy and awareness will only get you so far. What’s needed now is action,” states the opening paragraph of the DCs for Bees’ Pollinator Plan, a multi-step roadmap that lays out multiple ways in which data centre operators - some of the biggest landowners in the tech industry - can make their real estate friendlier to pollinators like bees. 

The plan, “is focused on actions that any business in the data centre ecosystem can take, from the smallest supplier to the largest data landowners. It aims to create awareness and drive real action that can help to reduce, stall or even reverse the extinction of our bees.” 

Data centre operators are urged to take steps like providing nesting habitats for pollinators, planting wildflower meadows, heritage trees, and clover lawns, and reduce pesticide usage. There are also suggested steps for how data centre operators can channel funds into local schools, or sponsor awards. 

There’s plenty of discussion about what the data centre of the future will look like. Usually, these discussions revolve around liquid cooling, intelligent power management, and even quantum high performance computing hardware. But given the size of footprint that data centres occupy across the world, discussions should also be taking place about how these external spaces can not just minimise their impact on the environment, but actively benefit local biodiversity. 

DCs for Bees has already attracted - like bees to a particularly inviting flower - 40 global partners from the data centre industry, including hyperscale operator CyrusOne. 

“The specific plan of action in the DCs for Bees Pollinator Plan makes it easy to roll out across our company and gives our employees a tangible way to give back to our community,” said Matt Pullen, EVP and Managing Director – Europe at CyrusOne. “As with our broader involvement in Host in Ireland, being a part of a collective provides an opportunity to have a bigger, longer lasting impact. For something as important as Ireland’s biodiversity, we are very proud to be a part of this programme.”

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Jun 15, 2021

Sustainability and PUE reduction in data centres

2 min
As green data centre design becomes mission critical, rigid evaporative media can be the key to reducing your PUE and increasing your sustainability. 

The data centre industry is at a crossroads. As demand for colocation, hyperscale cloud, and edge solutions continues to rise, operators and enterprises are also facing up to the reality that sustainable design and operating practice are a mission critical component of the modern data centre. Going green is no longer an optional extra.

Data centres are becoming an increasingly critical foundation that underpins the modern world, and the demand for them continues to grow exponentially each year. Data centres must remain in constant operation in order to provide the services for which customers depend on them. 

This mission critical need, combined with the sector-wide push towards reduced energy consumption and carbon footprint throughout the industry, is making the search for innovative evaporative media solutions that keep systems running at peak efficiency an equally mission critical priority.

The two main sources of energy consumption in a modern data centre are its IT equipment and the cooling infrastructure used to keep that equipment cool. A 2017 study found that energy consumption as the direct result of cooling data centre IT equipment can amount to over 40% of the total energy consumption in a facility. From air cooling to liquid and evaporative chillers, data centre operators, finding the right cooling solution for your facility is a top-of-mind goal for any data centre operator. 

Courtesy of Portacool
Courtesy of Portacool

Portacool: keeping it Kuul 

Based in Center, Texas, Portacool is a portable evaporative cooling solutions firm that has been pushing the boundaries of mission critical infrastructure cooling technology since it entered the market in 1990. 

Through constant embodiment of its five brand pillars - Safety & Liability, Total Cost of Ownership, Productivity & Performance, Sustainability & Social Responsibility, and Life & Comfort Enhancing Solutions - Portacool has grown steadily over the past 30 years, continually reinforcing its reputation for industry-leading cooling solutions. 

Portacool’s solutions have been successfully applied throughout the agricultural and horticultural, manufacturing, industrial, business, entertainment, sports, home, and hobby industries - “anywhere cooling is needed and traditional air conditioning is impractical or cost prohibitive.” 

The company’s sub-brand, Kuul, is Portacool’s answer to the growing need for reliable, sustainable cooling solutions in the data centre sector. Portacool manufactures three series of evaporative media – Kuul Control, Kuul Vitality and Kuul Comfort. Kuul Control is used in data centres, power generation and HVAC systems. Kuul Vitality is utilised primarily in the horticulture, poultry and swine industries. Kuul Comfort is exclusively made for usage in Portacool-branded portable evaporative coolers.

Kuul can help data centre operators lower their PUE dramatically, increasing the environmental sustainability of their facilities significantly as a result of its rigid evaporative media solutions. 

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