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 20, 2021

Schneider Electric reveals new IT Innovation report

SchneiderElectric
datacentres
CompanyReport
DigitalEmissions
3 min
Schneider Electric has released the Digital Economy and Climate Impact report revealing new innovations for sustainability and resiliency in data centres

Schneider Electric has released a new IT innovations report titled “Digital Economy and Climate Impact”, with the aim of gaining an understanding of how digitised and smart applications will be powered in the future. The company says that the report predicts that IT sector-related electricity demand is expected to increase by almost 50% by 2030. 

Despite this, the report also shows that emissions would not increase by more than 26% by the same year, following the decarbonisation of the electricity system. In an attempt to reduce this rise in emissions the Schneider Electric TM Sustainability Research Institute recommends continued efforts in achieving efficiencies on the IT and energy sides at both the component and system levels. 

The report highlights how the rise of edge computing technologies require a “specific focus” due to these systems being less efficient than hyperscale data centres. “When the world locked down, it also logged on and internet traffic soared,” said Pankaj Sharma, EVP, Secure Power, Schneider Electric. 

“It’s misleading to assume that digital activity will inevitably result in a deeply problematic increase in CO2 emissions. The analysis from the Schneider Electric Sustainability Institute puts to rest many of the worst-case scenario claims predicting IT-related electricity use will double every five years. That said, as an industry, we must remain vigilant in finding new sources of sustainability gains while ensuring resiliency as digital keeps life moving forward”, he added. 

As well as the release of the report, Schneider Electric also announced several updates to its EcoStruxure IT data center infrastructure management software, Galaxy VL 3-phase uninterruptable power supply (UPS), introducing an industry-leading single-phase UPS, the APC™ Smart-UPS™ Ultra. All introductions are designed to advance the industry forward in meeting sustainability goals while increasing the resiliency of IT and data centre infrastructure, the company said. 

Managing hybrid data center and edge IT environments

Also showcased in Schneider Electric’s report are the increasing demands on digital consumption. According to the company, these create a more complex hybrid environment inclusive of enterprise, cloud, and edge data centres. Addressing the unique management challenges of a hybrid IT environment, Schneider Electric has announced updates to its EcoStruxure IT software to increase efficiency and resiliency, including:

  • Increased remote management capabilities: New granular remote device configuration features enable users to change configurations on one or more devices – including the new Galaxy VL and APC Smart-UPS Ultra single-phase UPS units – from one centralised platform with EcoStruxure IT Expert. This update, combined with previously released software insights on device security health, enables the user to identify faulty devices or configurations and address them in a matter of clicks, keeping their hybrid IT environment secure.
  • Improved environmental monitoring: Environmental monitoring systems ensure users have eyes and ears on data centre and IT deployments from anywhere, anytime. With this update, users can push mass configurations remotely for NetBotz cameras 750 and 755 quickly and efficiently increasing security across the critical infrastructure.
  • Enhanced remote capacity modeling and planning: With EcoStruxure IT Advisor’s new capabilities, users can remotely compare an unlimited number of racks and easily identify available capacity, view what assets are deployed and their dependencies.

Sharma concluded: “Schneider Electric has been focused on sustainability for the past 15 years and was recently named the most sustainable corporation in the world. We have embraced the mindset that future innovation will deliver better efficiency across the broader connectivity landscape. By making smart intentional choices, our industry can help mitigate how much electricity and emissions result from the rising appetite for digital technologies”.

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