Tomorrow and friday, New York-based artist Tyler Coburn is reading from his latest novel I’m that angel at EvoSwitch AMS1.
Why did you chose EvoSwitch?
In a way, the real question is, “Why did EvoSwitch choose me?” I’m that angel is borne of an interest in facilitating access for guests to the material locations that store many parts of their online selves. Practically, this entails a relatively unusual collaboration with a colocation company, allowing for an on-site reading and facilities tour. Given the unusualness of the project, and the security considerations entailed in data storage, it has been difficult to solicit even a response from most companies. EvoSwitch, however, has proved incredibly receptive to my project, in seeming recognition of the value and timeliness of generating artistic responses to the growing number of data centres.
What is your point of view on the role data centres play in modern/21st century life?
I’m that angel comprises a book and a series of sited events. I began writing the text at a moment when “the cloud” was entering colloquial use in the United States. Friends and colleagues would bandy the term about in conversation, often later confessing that they did not, in fact, understand its significance. Was it the latest metaphor for communications media – the aether of our era? Or did it denote a new structure of distribution and storage for the data parcels we call our own? In researching this term and learning about data centres, I came to realize how greatly this symbol belied the concreteness of the Internet; rather than raining bits of information on the earth, our cloud is actually tethered to various sites throughout the world.
It seems to be the condition of many ages to both imagine fictional futures and be unable to see beyond the ubiquitous technologies of their own. I cannot imagine a world beyond data centres, but only the environmental, architectural and security issues that will inform their evolution. My project’s modest contribution, then, is to call a cultural public’s attention to these sites and these issues – to remind that that the virtual is not disconnected but rather materially enmeshed in our daily lives.
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.
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?
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.