EvoSwitch: The Next Generation Datacenter jettisons five commemorative photos to mark fifth birthday
Photos of the crew reveal day-to-day working of the carbon neutral datacenter
EvoSwitch: The next generation, carbon-neutral datacenter has released five images of its crew protecting Earth from harmful Co2.
Please note: This release is also available in Klingon.
Captain’s log extract: Eric Boonstra (MD)
It’s been five years since we embarked on our mission to be the most sustainable, carbon-neutral datacenter in the Netherlands. As I reflect on the datacenter’s rapid expansion, it’s clear that EvoSwitch needs to continue to:
Our crew will continue to support the Green Grid, an organization with 175 members,which develops technical and educational tools to improve the efficiency of datacenters, the Climate Neutral Group and GreenIT, a consortium that supports international initiatives that advance green IT. Our science officer (technical manager), Jan Wiersma also serves as a board member, director and elder of EMEA Datacenter Pulse, the largest non-profit fleet of end-user datacenters.
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To us energy efficiency is just that, efficiency in operation, cost and every possible sense of the word. Energy efficiency equals cost leadership. The customers we swore to serve feel the benefit of going green and our success means we’re always looking at what’s next in terms of our expansion but also striving for technical innovation. The TNO Flexiquest project is our latest undertaking, which aims to establish the business case for a renewable energy grid – EvoSwitch is the only datacenter that is part of the independent project.
EvoSwitch was named an ‘Energy-Efficient Example’ by the German Environment Ministry in 2008 and we continue to push ahead with our Green Fan program (logo also doubles up as a communicator pin), designed to help customers maintain a low carbon footprint. Companies that actively contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions, by housing their IT services in a green datacenter, are able to display the Green Fan logo at will.
Chief science officer, Jan Wiersma beams into work using EvoSwitch’s biometric access control door. With a strict access policy, the whole datacenter and offices are heavily secured against all possible forms of danger, ensuring maximum uptime for (mission-critical) applications.
An EvoSwitch security officer spots some alien carbon in the Cold Corridor and dispenses with it with a shot of green energy. The green philosophy of EvoSwitch means the crew are continually striving to maintain or reduce the datacenter’s carbon footprint. The sustainable solutions that have been implemented to do so are certified, assuring customers that thier environmental results are proven and officially verified. EvoSwitch datacenter has received global recognition for the superior environmental features of its datacenter.
Communications officer, Mark Karsch uses histricorder to check the ship’s Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) is still lower than 1.2. While the industry average is still around 2.0, EvoSwitched has introduced new and innovative ways of reducing PUE, reducing housing costs for customers. It doesn’t stop there though – the crew continuously upgrade systems with the best and greenest technology available to lower PUE even further.
EvoSwitch is now part of the daily experience of millions of people around the world, servicing a wide range of organizations from public institutions to private corporations, without negative impact to the environment. Being a Point of Presence for the largest Internet Exchange in Europe (AMS-IX), means EvoSwitch is able to provide high quality SLA based peering and connectivity services to all its clients.
The EvoSwitch crew will today (July 11) be taking a shuttle to the beach (Republiek Bloemendaal
Zeeweg, Bloemendaal) to celebrate five great years and toast to future innovation.