Dec 11, 2020

atNorth begins construction of climate-positive data centre

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Sustainability
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Nordics
Harry Menear
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The $72mn facility located in Stockholm claims to be a landmark project in the search for sustainable HPC data centre design.
The $72mn facility located in Stockholm claims to be a landmark project in the search for sustainable HPC data centre design...

Icelandic data centre operator atNorth - previously Advania Data Centres - announced on Thursday that it has broken ground on its first data centre outside its home country.

atNorth claims the facility, which is located in Stockholm, Sweden, represents a landmark step forward in sustainable data centre design for the high performance computing (HPC) sector. 

The new facility, catchily dubbed Stockholm SWE01: SIF DC, is reportedly costing atNorth $72mn to construct. Upon completion, the facility will have an IT load of 11.2MW spread across a 6,400 square metre facility. 

The project is scheduled to be built out in seven steps, with the first phase becoming operational in Q4 2021. In a press statement, atNorth admitted that the COVID-19 crisis has delayed its plans, but the company remains optimistic about hitting this new target. 

SWE01: SIF DC is designed to deliver two major functions which several years ago might have been considered mutually exclusive. The HPC-focused site will offer racks that can host up to 40kW air cooled infrastructure and over 100kW for liquid cooled infrastructure in order to meet increased demand for HPC infrastructure as a service. 

At the same time, the facility has been designed to be as environmentally sustainable as possible, with industry-leading efficient design. atNorth has also announced that excess heat generated by the data centre will be used by the city’s utility operator, Stockholm Energie, to warm the homes of local residents. 

atNorth CEO, Eyjólfur Magnús Kristinsson, said in a statement to the press that, By collaborating with a leading energy provider in the area - Stockholm Exergi – the heat created by servers in our data center is not wasted but utilized in a supply chain that increases energy efficiency for the whole society and reduces wasteful energy usage.” 

"For atNorth, this SIF DC is a landmark project, as we are expanding beyond Iceland. Our goal is to become a world leader in high-performance computing and colocation services. We are excited to bring more compute power and services to our ambitious customers. It means they can reduce cost, bring products to market faster than before and solve even more complicated problems," he added.

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Jun 20, 2021

Schneider Electric reveals new IT Innovation report

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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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