Aruba expands Italy's largest data centre campus
Italian data centre and web hosting firm Aruba is marking the anniversary of its Global Cloud Data Centre campus.
Completed in 2017, the 200,000 square metre campus located in Ponte San Pietro - just outside Milan - is the largest campus of its kind in Italy. In recognition of the anniversary, Aruba has also announced plans to expand the campus, adding two new data centre facilities and upgrading its green energy capabilities.
Currently the Global Cloud Data Centre campus is home to one facility with 10 data rooms available for carrier neutral colocation and managed service hosting. With the addition of the two new facilities, called DC-B and DC-C, the campus’ in-use footprint will extend to 80,000 soiree metres, of which more than 23,000 square metres will be dedicated to data rooms.
DC-B is a three-room facility with an IT load capacity of 9MW, which is expected to come online in the first half of 2021. DC-C is a multi-level facility spread across four data rooms on two levels, and will have a total capacity of 9MW upon completion, which is slated for the first half of 2022.
Both new facilities will also be home to a number of green technologies to ensure that Aruba’s Global Cloud Data Centre campus maintains its track record of 100% carbon neutrality. The campus, which already uses energy generated from photovoltaics and hydroelectricity, will be adding extensive photovoltaic panel covering on both DC-B and DC-C, and a new solar power system will be installed on the roof of DC-A, bringing the amount of renewable power generated on-site to 6MW.
"Thanks to the investments in the two new data centers and the upgrading of the plants to enable greater self-production of energy from renewable sources, we are pursuing the goal we set for ourselves at the birth of the Global Cloud Data Center,” commented
“That is to make the best technologies available to our customers, while respecting the environment. Today we are adding several new blocks to the technology campus with the intention to maintain our negative carbon footprint across the entire Aruba data centre network."
LCL acquires ENGIE Solutions data centre in Gembloux
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.