At the end of November we welcomed a delegation of the Mayors of Amsterdam and Haarlem, as well as heads of 18 regional companies, to our AMS1 carbon neutral data center in the Netherlands.
Eberhard van der Laan, Mayor of Amsterdam and Chair of the Amsterdam Economic Board, joined Bernt Schneiders, Mayor of Haarlem and our Managing Director Eric Boonstra to discuss drivers for economic growth in the Greater Amsterdam region.
As our project manager datacenters you are on top of all phases of the project cycle, work hand in hand with the EvoSwitch team and are responsible for the result / outcome of the project. You are responsible for designing project content based on management priorities, planning, managing and execute projects with colleagues from EvoSwitch Directors, Operations and Datacenter Development. Projects vary in size and type and relate to (re)building of EvoSwitch datacenter(s) and infrastructure.
qoSchaj vaghDIch lulopmeH, qawmoHmeH vagh nagh beQ Qolta’ EvoSwitch bov chu’ De’wI’ghom waw’
tera’ muD QIHbe’bogh waw”e’ beq Qu’ motlh ‘agh naghmey beQ.
De’wI’ghom waw’ ‘Itlh ‘oH EvoSwitch’e’. tera’ muDDaq nIn meQ SIp Qob’e’ lughurmoH De’wI’ghommey motlh, ‘ach lughurmoHbe’ EvoSwitch.
tera’ Qanbogh beq’e’ ‘agh mIlloghmey’e’ ‘aghta’bogh.
yIqIm: DIvI’ Hol DamaSchugh, ghItlh mughlu’ta’bogh tu’lu’.
HoD QonoS chovnatlh: Eric Boonstra (DevwI”a’)
vagh ben lengmajvam wItaghta’. Qu’maj: taHlaHmeH ‘ej muD QIHbe’meH neDerlan De’wI’ghom waw”e’ maH nIv law’ Hoch nIv puS. nom SachtaH De’wI’ghom waw’vam, ‘ej SachtaHghach vIqelDI’, ngoQmey potlh vIghovchu’. tIghvam wIpabnIS:
jIjtaH DIvI’ SuDqu’** (DIvI’ Hol: ”Green Grid”), beqmaj je. DIvI’vam lumuvta’ wa’vatlh SochmaH vagh malja’mey. HoS lulo’laHchu’meH De’wI’ghom waw’mey vumtaH. vaj cham, ghojmoHmeH Dochmey je ‘oghtaH.
jIjtaH je muD choQmeH cham SuDqu’ ghom (DH: ”Climate Neutral Group and GreenIT”), beqmaj je. muD choqbogh cham’e’ ‘oghtaHmeH ‘ej DubtaHmeH Sepmey law’Daq jInmolmey ta’wI’pu’ QaH yej’anvam.
Huch buSbe’bogh ‘ej je’wI’pu’ ‘oSbogh yo’ nIvqu”e’ ‘oH ‘oH EMEA De’wI’ghom tIq’e’ (DH: “EMEA Datacenter Pulse”). QeDpInma’, De’wI’ghom loHwI’ma’ je ghaH Jan Wiersma’e’. yo’vam qummeH yej, quprIp, DevwI’ ghom je muvta’ batlh ‘e’ wIvlu’ta’.
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.
Last Tuesday (May 8th) I attended a workshop around Green Application Hosting organized by the Knowledge Network Green Software (otherwise known as #KNGS).
The #KNGS shares knowledge and creates awareness of the potential of green software, thus creating a demand-driven market. The organization was founded by TNO, VU University Amsterdam, Amsterdam GreenIT, SIG along with the Dutch Government and AgentschapNL. Offering a great opportunity for EvoSwitch to further its contribution to a green, climate-neutral environment, we’re delighted to be involved.
The workshop on Tuesday featured the following three perspectives:
1. The supplier perspective: What incentives currently exist for datacenters to reduce the energy footprint of their customers’ software applications?
2. The measurement perspective: How can energy consumption in the datacenter be reliably attributed to individual software applications?
3. The billing perspective: What billing models enable application owners to benefit financially from energy-optimization?
Last month we installed a new server. While this new hardware is great news for us nerds, some may see it as running slightly counter to our green commitment. Our preference is to optimize all our equipment to extend the useful life of the hardware. But now it really was time for a new server.
In order to alleviate our somewhat mixed feelings about this new addition to our array of hardware, we chose to travel by electric car to the data center in order to install the equipment. Since it was launched in Amsterdam some months ago, an electric Smart car sharing scheme has become very popular among several employees of Greenhost. The driving range of an electric Smart car proved to be more than adequate for a return trip to Haarlem
The server, which just about fit in the trunk, is an IBM X3550 M3 server with 144GB memory and 8 CPU cores. These types of machine
are used for our virtualization layer and form the basic building blocks of our network. The machines are fitted with an in-memory file system for the virtualization software, thereby doing away with the need for hard disks (and yielding additional energy savings). The virtual machines (with SAN or NAS storage) that will run on this hardware will eventually be responsible for hosting websites, databases or e-mail.
We opted for IBM systems due to their low energy usage and the minimal amount of heavy metals and other toxic substances in their hardware. Additionally, IBM is a class A brand and supplies ultra-reliable hardware.
For more information on Greenhost and their environmental thoughts and vision please visit their website or contact their sales department!
At this year’s IMN Financing, Investing & Real Estate Development for Data Centres Forum, I joined the brilliant Jean-Simon Venne, Vice President-Energy Efficiency, SMi-Enerpro, to discuss datacenter design, implementation and construction. Our session on Day 1, combined with the Green Data Centres, Data Centre Energy Efficiency and ROI/Payback debate, saw many great and discerning arguments raised.
One discussion I was particularly involved in was around the idea that clients aren’t asking for modular and ‘green’ approaches from real estate giants. My counterpoint to this argument was that without utilising the modular approach, clients potentially miss the great CAPEX opportunity that this typically offers. Equally, from an OPEX perspective, the modular benefits of free cooling and reduced temperatures are unexploited. It is therefore the responsibility of the datacenter industry to educate customers on these issues as they often fall under the radar of many CIOs and CFOs, which is therefore the reason many businesses don’t opt for them.
What is it that clients want from a datacenter? Well, that’s entirely dependent on the client. Connectivity and uptime are always important to every customer, and any service has to come at the right price. The ecological impact and desire to be carbon neutral is also a key factor for a client’s choice of datacenter. There is an array of eco-friendly datacenters where power usage effectiveness (PUE) is decreasing rapidly, but the industry average is still around 2.0.
The problem is most datacenters are old, and updating these buildings is costly and complicated for both the datacenter and its clients. But new build datacenters are introducing more and more innovative design to help reduce PUE, a consequential fall out cost for the client. Innovative design and investment in research and development is vital for the industry. Here are a few things to look out for if you’re in search of a new, sustainable datacenter.