Oct 16, 2020

Honeywell and Vertiv collaborate on sustainable data centres

Data Centres
Harry Menear
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The joint venture will combine Honeywell’s expertise with Vertiv’s infrastructure to create sustainable data centre offerings
The joint venture will combine Honeywell’s expertise with Vertiv’s infrastructure to create sustainable data centre offerings...

Connected building company Honeywell and data centre operator Vertiv have kicked off a new joint venture aimed at improving the sustainability offerings available to the data centre industry.

The new partnership, which was announced earlier this week, will see the two companies partner to create new, integrated solutions to optimise data centre sustainability, resiliency and operational performance. According to Honeywell, the first of these solutions will be available before the end of the year. 

"Data centres face similar challenges as other buildings that have disparate systems that were not designed to work together, but they experience these challenges on a greater scale," said Vimal Kapur, president and CEO, Honeywell, adding that he expects the partnership to produce effective avenues for data centre operators to “distill the mountains of data they pull from their equipment into actions that create more efficient and environmentally friendly operations."

Despite ongoing announcements of renewable power purchase agreements and carbon-neutral commitments, the data centre industry is still a major contributor to climate change. Some analyst reports have placed total data centre industry emissions as equal to the aviation and shipping industries combined. Also, unlike the aviation and shipping industries, the data centre market is growing at a rapid rate, as demand for hyperscale, enterprise and edge-scale data centre solutions skyrockets year over year like Icarus headed straight for the Sun. 

Honeywell and Vertiv’s first solution to be offered to the public will reportedly focus on micro-grid integrations that will allow data centres to more efficiently incorporate small scale renewable energy sources, like solar arrays, fuel cells and batteries. 

This offering will come in the form of an intelligent power management solution which provides energy management and a control system in an integrated platform - combining energy storage, analytics, forecasting and economic optimisation for increased visibility and efficiency for operators, both immediately and later at scale. 

"Business continuity is more critical than ever, with more people working, learning and connecting remotely, driving a simultaneous explosion in data and demand for new data centers. There is need and opportunity for data centers to be more efficient, reliable and sustainable," said Rob Johnson, CEO of Vertiv.

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Jun 22, 2021

NKG1 opens BDx Nanjing data centre campus

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Big Data Exchange (BDx) launches the first phase of its Nanjing data centre campus in China with the opening of NKG1.

Big Data Exchange (BDx), a pan-Asian data centre company has launched its Nanjing data centre campus in China with the opening of its first facility, NKG1. The company said they “celebrated” the launch of the campus, located in the Yangtze River Delta, one of the nation's richest regions and its largest import and export base. 

Following its certificate of completion from the Urban and Rural Construction Bureau of Jiangning District in Nanjing City, the NKG1 campus is “now serving customers”. Construction on the Nanjing campus began in February last year. 

"We worked through the challenges of completing a major construction project during the peak of the pandemic because customers were anticipating this launch to support an unprecedented surge of growth and capacity requirements”, said Bill Gao, EVP & Chief Executive Officer of BDx Greater China. 

"The launch of NKG1 enables BDx to have new world-class data centre infrastructure in China. It also lays a solid foundation for BDx to provide OTTs, financial services institutions, and Fortune 500 MNC customers with high reliability, high redundancy, and low latency solutions”, he added. 

What does the NKG1 data centre include?

According to BDx, the NKG1 facility is the first data centre in the city to earn the Uptime Institute Tier III Certification of Design Documents and offers 4MW of IT power for colocation. NKG1 is powered by two separate 10-kilovolt feeders from two substations that aim to provide the NKG campus with 60MVA of total power sanctioned from the grid.

During COVID-19, BDx says that its design and construction team focused on safety to ensure that the project was completed safely and without incident. This enabled the company to add critical capacity to this region and respond to the accelerated shift to digital environments that caused a surge in demand for data center services. “Research shows that demand hasn't dropped as the economy reopens”, BDx said. 

The launch of NKG2

Due to rising demand in China’s data centre market, BDx plans to launch the second phase of its Nanjing campus, NKG2, by the end of this year. “NKG2 is designed to be minimally manned and almost lights-out — a reigning philosophy across BDx's data center cluster. In addition, its highly automated features make for a more sustainable data center environment”, the company said.



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