NDC-GARBE building new data centre in Frankfurt
The new facility is located in Hanau, Germany, about 20 kilometres from the , one of Europe’s leading digital exchanges. According to NDC-GARBE, the project is being developed in collaboration with and .
In this week, NDC-GARBE’s managing director, Spyridon Linardakis, noted that the company is proud to have established a “significant footprint in the Frankfurt region,” adding that, “Our focus now is on the execution and delivery in time and on budget.”
The new Hanau data centre is a vertical build, and will encapsulate 10,000 square metres over four floors. The company declined to reveal the facility’s planned capacity at launch - an event scheduled for early 2021 - or its final IT load. NDC-GARBE has, however, assured the public that the facility is being built with the principles of modularity, efficiency, and sustainability in mind, pursuant to the aim of “decarbonising digitalisation.”
In addition to a flexible combination of adiabatic and dry cooling, which the company claims will reduce water wastage aid of achieving an industry leading seasonal WUE score, NDC-GARBE has announced that it will match the facility’s power consumption with clean energy purchase agreements on a year-by-year basis.
“This project is testament to the successful bundle of strengths in both, the data center as well as the real estate sector,” said Peter Pohlschroeder, another managing director at NDC-GARBE. “The retaining market momentum will accelerate our developments in Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, and Hamburg.”
Since the merger between NDC Data Centres and Garbe - which took place in October of 2019 - the company has focused on expanding its footprint in the European data centre market. The company is also working on developments in the majority of Germany’s major cities, including Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich and Hamburg but claims to also be driving renewable energy and storage concepts for data centers in Austria and Sweden.
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”.