Google buys 30 hectares for future Uruguay data centre
Google has announced it has acquired 30 hectares of land in preparation for a data centre it is planning to build in the city of Canelones in Uraguay. Bought through its subsidiary Eleanor Applications SRL, the US tech giant hopes that the land will guarantee options to continue expanding the company's data centres in Latin America "if the business requires it,” the company said in a statement.
A spokesperson for the company expressed excitement at the prospect of entering into Uraguay. “We are very excited to be able to grow our presence in Uruguay. Although the prospects for the project are encouraging, several instances are still pending before we can confirm the construction of the infrastructure centre.”
The site is located in the Parque de las Ciencias Science park in the city around 45 km north of the capital city Montevideo and, according to El Observador, cost Google US$818,000 with the company investing up to a further US$100mn as the data centre is constructed.
Yamandú Orsi, the Mayor of Canelones, said it was “good news for the department of Canelones, for the route 101 corridor, and fundamentally for this country that needs investment."
Google has a cloud region in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and another in Santiago, Chile. Omar Paganini, Uruguay’s Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining, said in a tweet: “It is a great satisfaction that Google announces this important step forward for its project in Uruguay. It confirms the confidence in the capabilities and potential offered by the country's technological ecosystem.”
Google’s data centre history
Google’s first data centre was opened in 1999 by Larry Page, the company’s co-founder, and Urs Hölzle, one of Goggle’s software engineers and technology executives. According to a report, it was opened in a “small cage” inside an Exodus data centre in Santa Clara, California.
Since then, the company has amassed a fleet of data centres in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. There are currently around 30 Google data centres in total with an estimated 2.5mn servers contained in them.
The addition of the data centre in Uruguay allows the company to expand its South American portfolio further.
Schneider Electric reveals new IT Innovation report
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”.