Apr 21, 2021

Serverfarm advances Los Angeles data centre

Sustainability
Acquisition
Strategy
Sam Steers
2 min
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Serverfarm continues to drive sustainability through the acquisition and modernisation of a data centre in Los Angeles...

Serverfarm has acquired a new data centre in Los Angeles as part of its mission to drive sustainability, following an announcement yesterday.

The data centre developer and operator also hopes to modernise the centre, located in the metro city of El Segundo, joining forces with its long-term partner, NantWorks.

According to Serverfarm, the partnership hopes to continue both companies' mission of becoming state-of-the-art data centres with advanced communications and computing technologies that benefit media, healthcare, science and entertainment.

Explaining the organisaton's plan for the acquisition, Avner Papouchado, Chief Executive Officer of Serverfarm, said: "Throughout the pandemic, we’ve been laser focused on delivering much-needed capacity to our clients and partners in the most efficient way possible.

"The latest phase of our data center acquisition strategy is helping to answer demand for efficiently managed colocation space in a Los Angeles site that’s a launching pad to APAC and the rest of the world.

"We’re proud to offer our world-class InCommand DMaaS solution in a community that’s home for myself and many of our team members," he said.

Spanning a total of 117,500 sq ft, Serverfarm says that the 22 MVA building will host hyperscale, transportation, healthcare and government tenants and is "strategically located" to be near to movie production studios, major aerospace and defense contractors, research and development companies and corporate campuses.

The centre aims to offer a secure global network on-ramps due to its connection to Tier 1 and dark fiber providers and meets all HIPAA, HITECH and PCI compliance requirements, Serverfarm claims.

After expanding into Europe and Toronto in Canada, the Los Angeles acquisition builds on Serverfarm's portfolio of owned and managed assets, with the total number of locations now reaching over 100 across more than 40 countries.

With the arrival of Earth Day this week, Serverfarm will launch The Future of Data Centres, its own podcast in the first of four quarterly mini series that will air in May, hosted by Founder of GreenBiz, Joel Makower.

Earth Day is on Thursday 22 April with the theme 'Restore Our Earth.'

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Jun 21, 2021

NUS and NTU launch cooling project for tropical data centres

NTU
NUS
datacentres
Sustainability
3 min
A project by The Nanyang Technological University and the National University of Singapore aims to find cooling solutions for tropical data centres

The National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), have announced a project in an attempt to source and develop new cooling solutions for data centres located in tropical areas. According to the companies, the programme costs S$23mn (US$17.1mn) and plans to research, build and test innovative and sustainable cooling solutions. 

The Sustainable Tropical Data Centre Testbed (STDCT)

The NUS and NTU say that the Sustainable Tropical Data Centre Testbed (STDCT) will act as a research point and innovation hub for the project. Facebook, along with the National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF), is also involved, providing funding for the programme. Further support from other partners includes the Infocomm Media Development Authority, Ascenix, CoolestDC Keppel Data Centres, Red Dot Analytics, and New Media Express. 

Commenting on working with the companies, Facebook Vice President of Infrastructure, Alex Johnson, said: “We are excited about the opportunity to partner NUS, NTU, Keppel Data Centres and the CoolestSG community to develop innovative solutions that reduce the carbon footprint and energy consumption of the average data centre, particularly those located in tropical areas like Singapore”. 

The NTU and NUS highlight that Singapore houses 60% of Southeast Asia’s total data centre market, and aims to supply 12% of the country’s total energy needs by 2030. This results in the need to reduce the carbon footprints and power consumption of data centres, meaning more innovative cooling solutions are required, the NTU and NUS said. 

Professor Chen Thuan, Deputy President of Research & Technology at the NUS, said: “Data centres are a critical enabler of the digital economy, but the average data centre can exert a significant environmental burden. Aligned with RIE 2025, sustainability is a key research focus of NUS, and our researchers have deep expertise in developing integrated solutions for tropical, urban and Asian settings”.

How will the Sustainable Tropical Data Centre Testbed (STDCT) help to provide cooling solutions?

According to the NUS and NTU, the STDCT will be built using equipment such as a novel desiccant-coated heat exchanger and a StatePoint Liquid Cooling System (SPLC) designed by both Nortek Air Solutions and Facebook. The institutions also say they will adopt chip-level hybrid cooling to ensure servers remain cool. 

Furthermore, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) will aim to manage the “smart operations” of the technologies so that the data centres are water and power efficient, as well as able to preserve equipment and servers. 

The NTU and NSU said in a joint statement the combination of the cooling technologies could reduce energy consumption “significantly” and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25%, compared to traditional air-cooled data centres. If adopted industry-wide across the entire tropical region, the energy usage of the data centre industry could potentially be lowered by at least 40%”, the companies said. 

The STDCT is expected to be operational by 1 October 2021.

 

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