Dec 9, 2020

Amsterdam data centre first European site to be OCP Ready

Data Centres
Open source
automation
cooling
Harry Menear
2 min
maincubes’ AMS01 data centre has been recognised by the Open Compute Project Foundation as being OCP Ready
maincubes’ AMS01 data centre has been recognised by the Open Compute Project Foundation as being OCP Ready...

AMS01, a 4,400 sqm data centre in the Netherlands' capital of Amsterdam, has become the first facility in continental Europe to receive an OCP Ready Certification from the Open Compute Project Foundation.

The facility is owned and operated as a colocation services solution by maincubes, a subsidiary of German infrastructure conglomerate, the Zech Group. AMS01 is carrier neutral, with a power density per rack of 20kw, and a direct connection to the Amsterdam Internet Exchange (AMS-IX). 

“The Open Compute Project is a movement that continues to gain traction across the data center industry — and for good reason,” said Oliver Menzel, CEO of maincubes. “It’s more important than ever that data-hungry organizations, and the data centers that support them, be able to operate with the greatest performance and efficiency. This certification signifies our ability to meet those needs, and we’re thrilled to have the trust of the OCP Community behind us as we seek to build a better digital future.”

Originally a part of Facebook, the Open Compute Project Foundation was responsible for the social media company’s revolutionary data centre in Prineville, Oregon. A small team spent two years building a hyperscale data centre which ended up being 38% more energy efficient to build and 24% less expensive to run than the company’s previous facilities. Following the project’s success, Facebook spun out the Open Compute Project in collaboration with Intel, Rackspace, Goldman Sachs and Andy Bechtolsheim. 

Today, the Open Compute Project Foundation helps companies design new facilities and transition their existing legacy architectures for the modern age. 

Achieving OCP Ready Certification is an indicator that maincubes’ facility is fully prepared to take advantage of the increased flexibility, efficiency and potential density afforded by the use of OCP equipment. According to maincubes, AMS01 achieves above-average Power Usage Effectiveness through use of innovative cooling and power solutions, as well as a direct and redundant connection to the electricity grid for failsafe and high-density power, global and carrier-neutral connectivity including leading internet exchanges (IX) and multi-level security. 

“The maincubes AMS01 data center has completed a thorough peer review process and achieved OCP Ready recognition for implementing the industry’s best practices for efficiency and scale. This facility, which has been upgraded to keep pace with the increase in densities, power and cooling requirements of OCP hardware, will enable it to stay OCP Ready far into the future,” commented Mark Dansie, OCP Ready Program Lead.

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Jun 15, 2021

LCL acquires ENGIE Solutions data centre in Gembloux

LCL
ENGIESolutions
datacentres
Acquisition
2 min
LCL acquires the ENGIE solutions data centre in Gembloux in Belgium, the new facility being the company’s first in Wallonia

The data centre company LCL has announced today that it has acquired the ENGIE solutions data centre in Gembloux, Belgium through the acquisition of Cofely data solutions. The new facility, called Wallonia One, is the company’s first facility in Wallonia. As part of the agreement, LCL will take over the management of the facility’s employees as well as the data centre itself. The value of the acquisition is undisclosed. 

LCL says that Wallonia One is its fifth data centre in the Belgian market and its second acquisition, after purchasing the Atos data centre in Huizingen in April last year. Laurens van Reijen, CEO of LCL, said: “With this fifth data centre, we are increasing our presence on the market. Gembloux is located in the heart of the Walloon economy. As a result, LCL Wallonia One offers excellent connection possibilities for the business sites and parks throughout Wallonia. 

“Thanks to our other strategic sites located in the four corners of the Brussels and Antwerp peripheries, we can ensure that any company will have close links with other regions in our country”, van Reijen said. 

Four employees under a fixed contract with Cofely Data Solutions will be joining the LCL team for the acquisition. Remaining part of the LCL Wallonia One, the employees will be under the leadership of their current manager, Nicolas Coppée, LCL said. 

“We warmly welcome our four new colleagues and their support will be effectively integrated,” said Laurens van Reijen. “LCL is still strongly driven by service and quality. We intend not only to build synergies between our five data centres but also to introduce some innovations. Our current team of 37 employees is specialised in data centre services. So this is a win-win-win operation: for the customers of data centres, for ENGIE Solutions, and for LCL”. 

Wallonia One’s “solar park”

LCL also says that the Wallonia One data centre features a solar park to provide power for the facility. The park includes 2,000 photovoltaic panels which generate 1MW of electricity, LCL claims. The centre also has a low Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.25, in line with the company’s sustainability and efficiency objectives. 

Committed to making all of its data centres carbon-neutral by 2030, LCL has created the “Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact” across Europe, which consists of 24 companies and 17 associations. 

In addition to Wallonia One, LCL and ENGIE Solutions have also concluded a collaboration agreement, thus enabling ENGIE Solutions to build new data centres for LCL. There are also plans for ENGIE Solutions to advise LCL on energy efficiency, given ENGIE’s experience in such projects.

 

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