Amsterdam, 28 March 2014 – EvoSwitch, a leading international provider of carrier-neutral co-location and connectivity services with data centers in Europe and the United States, has just signed a 3-year contract with energy supplier Nuon for the supply of green power including wind power. The wind power is generated at Nuon’s wind farm in Enkhuizen and will be used to power EvoSwitch’ co-location services on the Dutch market.
Ever since opening its first data center in Haarlem in 2007, EvoSwitch has been using energy-efficient technologies and 100% green power to deliver its colocation services. The Nuon contract will act to render the source of the wind power ’tangible’. Just for EvoSwitch, a large board has been put up at Nuon’s Enkhuizen wind farm stating that Nuon is supplying EvoSwitch with 100% sustainable green wind power.
The colocation service provider specifically opted for wind power as it is the cleanest form of green energy, for which the Dutch government has set out a generating quota in its multi-year energy generation plan up to 2020.
Also, research by the Dutch development organization Hivos shows that EvoSwitch holds a shared first place in the field of sustainable data center operations in the Netherlands. EvoSwitch’s AMS1 data center is the first data center in the Netherlands to consume 100% green energy and is 100% carbon neutral.
Green power becomes tangible
Previously, EvoSwitch used green power from a different Dutch supplier. The wind power that is now being supplied by Nuon is more tangible to EvoSwitch’s customers.
“As a provider of data center services, we have always made substantial investments in innovative and green technologies in support of energy-efficient data centre solutions,” explains Evoswitch’s Managing Director Eric Boonstra. “Switching to wind power shows that we are eager to continue our innovation drive in the area of power supply too. For our colocation customers, the green and sustainable nature of their IT infrastructure is suddenly made very tangible. They can go out to Enkhuizen, touch Nuon’s wind turbines and actually see the rotating blades of the turbines that power their IT environment with green current.”
“I believe a major international data center company such as EvoSwitch switching to wind power sends out an encouraging message to the market,” Nuon Energy N.V.’s CEO Peter Smink goes on to add. “It is widely known that IT infrastructures consume a comparatively large amount of energy. EvoSwitch is significantly retrenching the negative impact of its power consumption on carbon dioxide emission levels. First and foremost by going all-out for green power, but now equally by opting for the cleanest form of green energy to boot.”
Customer-individual wind power
Initially, wind power will be committed to supply part of EvoSwitch’s power needs. For a different portion, we will continue to use a mix of different forms of green power, all of which are supplied by Nuon.
“By making volume purchases and concluding long-term forward contracts for the supply of power, we have consistently managed to keep the cost of green power at a stable and highly competitive level over the years,” says Boonstra. “This also applies to wind power, even though at the present time wind power continues to remain slightly higher priced than other types of green power. Market prices for wind power are expected to gradually fall courtesy of new technologies and increased output volumes. Which is why we are adopting a phased approach to making the switch to wind power whereby we intend to gradually make this ultimate form of green energy available to our customers. Including at our data centre sites set to be opened in The Netherlands in times to come.”
EvoSwitch customers who are keen to switch to wind power in full right away are enabled to do so. Boonstra: “Via Nuon the IT infrastructures of individual customers can be powered for the full 100 per cent by wind power generated in The Netherlands.
This is an option we are happy to provide. If there is an unexpectedly big demand for this, this means that we can switch to wind power at an accelerated pace and that we are able to step up the proportion of wind in the total energy mix.”
Green Fan scheme
The use of wind power is not only tangible for the colocation customers of EvoSwitch. The energy efficiency and the green aspect can also be made tangible for customers who indirectly use these ‘green’ IT infrastructures. To this end, EvoSwitch has put in place the Green Fan scheme, which involves a variety of marketing tools enabling EvoSwitch users to formally demonstrate that their IT infrastructure runs on an energy-efficient and green server park.
“Carrying the Green Fan logo is not green washing. It enables customers to make a serious sustainable statement,” Boonstra contends. “Above all else, users carrying the logo in their communications show that their IT infrastructure is made to run in an environment that has one of the lowest Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) values on the market, which is another way of saying that it is highly energy-efficient. That is in addition to the fact that all of the power we are using is also 100% green power.”
Last pages of the text of Xi Jinping’s public address
Kysia Hekser / NOS
Chinese President Xi Jinping hopes that The Netherlands will continue to lead the way in the relations between China and the European Union. He made the comment at a state banquet hosted by King Willem-Alexander at the Royal Palace in Amsterdam. “Relations with Europe rank highly on our diplomatic agenda”, Xi said, who views The Netherlands as a gateway. “This is why I decided to start my journey to open the doors to Europe right here.”
King Willem-Alexander said he was “particularly delighted” to welcome Xi. He referred to the Burgerzaal (Citizen’s Hall) inside Amsterdam’s former town hall, which was the setting for the banquet, as ‘The Great Hall of the People’, in reference to the eponymous Hall in Peking. At the time the town hall was built, The Netherlands was already fascinated with China, a fascination which the King affirmed continues to exist to this very day. “The world needs China”, the King spoke. “Last year you called on the people of China to be unafraid to dream, to make their dreams come true and to lend the nation new strength together. The Kingdom of The Netherlands, viewed by some people in your country as the kingdom of innovation, is happy to contribute to the accomplishment of these dreams!”
Willem-Alexander and the Chinese President will meet again tomorrow morning at a Dutch-Chinese business forum in Noordwijk and at a meeting inside the Keukenhof. On Sunday, the President will also meet Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
Source: www.nos.nl, Xi: Europa begint bij Nederland, Saturday 22 March 2014, 22:23
EvoSwitch USA has received Data Center Technical Standards certification for its WDC1 data center in Manassas, VA. The certification is awarded by the Open-IX Association, an Internet community-derived effort to improve the landscape of Internet peering and interconnection in the United States.
“We are very pleased to receive recognition from Open-IX for our data center operations in Virginia,” said Eric Boonstra, EvoSwitch USA President. “Not just for meeting the strict technical standards, but also for our approach to neutral interconnection and willingness to partner with outside, neutral and distributed Internet Exchanges like we do with LINX NoVA here in Virginia. We were the first data center operator to introduce the European ‘style’ Inter Exchange (IX)in the USA and to announce our partnership with LINX NoVA,. We firmly believe that for our customers to have choice, we cannot tie them to interconnection services only available in our data centers. We are already seeing increased demand for colocation services since LINX NoVA went live inside our facility.”
Open-IX encourages the development of neutral and distributed Internet Exchanges in North America while promoting uniform, cost-efficient standards of performance for interconnections backed by the Internet community. The association aims to promote common and uniform specifications for data transfer and physical connectivity and improve IX performance by developing criteria and methods of measurement to reduce the complexity that restricts interconnection in fragmented markets.
“EvoSwitch USA joins an elite and growing list of DC OIX-2 data centers in the Northern Virginia Market,” comments Barry Tishgart, Board Member of the Open-IX Association. “Certification is achieved through a thorough peer-reviewed process, we welcome EvoSwitch USA to the Open-IX standards.”
Open-IX created the Data Center Technical Standards to establish a recommended standard for Data Centers to support an Internet Exchange (as defined by the Open-IX IXP Technical Standards). The standard also provides guidance for acceptable exceptions for pre-existing facilities.
As a data center server provider, innovation in energy management is a key distinguisher. Reducing energy consumption is a main driver not only from a corporate responsibility point of view, but also from a competitive angle. The modular data center design at EvoSwitch has proven to be a true winner when we look at reduction of energy consumption. The main contributor is the reduction of power that is required for the adiabatic cooling system in use.
Besides the technical innovation on the cooling units, tight management of capacity and load distribution helps to bring down the PUE values even further. Optimizing the load per data center module quickly brings down the load to a required optimum for our cooling systems. To achieve this, daily monitoring and analyzing is vital.
We are aware that data center providers consume a lot of energy. Therefore, it is also essential to look at the type of energy that we are using. The power requirement at EvoSwitch is catered by sustainable resources based on hydroelectric power and wind energy. Certificates by our electricity supplier guarantee that electricity is generated from renewable sources, thus reducing our carbon footprint.
As the demand for power from data centers will continue to grow, we at EvoSwitch strongly feel it is our responsibility to focus on energy management and innovation. The fact that we have done so for the last 7 years provides us with a great competitive edge. The more energy efficient we are, the less we impact our environment, and the less our customers pay for their energy bills–creating way for a win-win situation for all.
We met Steve Pit, COO at Voiceworks (one of EvoSwitch’s many telecom service provider customers), to discuss the services Voiceworks provides, and the role EvoSwitch plays in the delivery of their service portfolio. We also discussed Voiceworks’ future growth plans. Steve joined Voiceworks in 2012 after having spent more than five years at Easynet in various international roles in customer operations.
Welcome Steve, and thanks for taking the time to talk to us. Tell us a little bit about Voiceworks.
Thanks. Voiceworks, active since 2005, is a leader in innovation when it comes to the development of integrated fixed, mobile, and web-based communications. Voiceworks is, in the Netherlands, the only provider with an in-house developed web-based communications suite, VoIP cloud offering, and full MVNO mobile network–all integrated into one solution. This enables our customers to communicate in new, innovative, yet reliable ways.
What type of customers do you typically serve?
Our customers are typically SMEs for our fixed telephony services. But the Fixed Mobile Convergence attracts more larger corporate accounts. Even working over multiple sites or away from their desks or offices, people can be easily reached.
Last summer we announced Voiceworks Reach, which gives full control to the end user with multiple phone numbers on a single mobile device. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is a trend that sees employees juggle multiple devices. Voiceworks Reach allows them to use their work and private mobile numbers and one fixed number on one mobile device and program how each number is used for outgoing calls, as well as route incoming calls and messages.”
Tell us about the infrastructure you have in place to support your service portfolio.
We run our own network from our own cloud, which we built across four data centers in the Netherlands. EvoSwitch plays an important part in our network; we interconnect our network from AMS1 with other telecom operators.”
Why did Voiceworks decide to colocate at EvoSwitch?
To us, the choice of a data center is mission critical. We chose EvoSwitch because of the strong presence of network service providers, which enable us to right-size our interconnection needs. EvoSwitch’s carrier neutrality ensures that we can easily add new providers when necessary.
Apart from serving our interconnection needs, EvoSwitch also stood out for us for the cold/hot aisle concepts they use as part of their cooling techniques, and the spacious cabinets they offer as standard. Their commitment to reducing their and our CO2 footprint is something we identify with and support. Finally, their reception is excellent. Whether night or day, our technicians are always met with friendly, supportive staff on site.
What are Voiceworks’ plans for the future?
We are looking at expansion internationally. We see opportunities for growth across the border. Together with our indirect channel partners, we are exploring these opportunities and expect to announce further news shortly. As to our service portfolio, we are constantly innovating and developing new services. In terms of these activities, we will most likely inform you further soon as well. Make sure you follow us on Twitter (@voiceworksnl) or LinkedIn for the latest news.
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.
In order to deliver the best possible service, EvoSwitch works with various IT partners, including IT infrastructure specialist Qi ict – with whom we’ve been working successfully for over two years.
We recently caught up with Rik van Winzum, Qi ict’s director of strategy and businesses development, to discuss the partnership.
Rik, tell us a bit more about Qi ict.
Rik: “As a system integrator we operate in areas of storage, security, networks and connectivity. We integrate solutions from different manufacturers into one overall offering and provide solutions to companies in various sectors, such as the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, the public sector and the broadcasting sector.
“Our motto is ‘Living Uptime’. Every activity within our organization is focused on ensuring the highest possible uptime of our customers’ IT infrastructures. We make sure that our customers’ equipment is always up and running and that we have spare equipment which can be rolled out on location whenever needed. In the case of a technical fault, we transfer the configuration of the equipment at the time of the fault to the spare equipment. As a result, we’re able to minimize down-time for our clients.”
How did your partnership with EvoSwitch come into being?
Rik: “For our services we require data centers with high uptime. We came into contact with EvoSwitch two years ago when looking for an alternative data center location for one of our customers. The AMS1 data center of EvoSwitch in Haarlem was very conveniently located for that customer and at the time, EvoSwitch happened to be looking for partners in the field of system integration as well. We were very impressed by the size of the halls, EvoSwitch’s portfolio and the green characteristics of the company during our first tour through the data center.
“We’re very aware that green entrepreneurship is becoming increasingly important. For example: a client of ours recently chose one particular solution because of its highly efficient equipment, which consumes very little energy.”
Which factors are important for you when choosing a data center?
Rik: “We offer our customers ‘twin data center structures’, which means we offer them an alternative location if any faults occur in their own data center. Thus, the uptime of a data center is an essential pre-condition for us. On top of that, the location is important because we offer our services including fiber. The longer the fiber, the more expensive the link. Therefore, it’s important that the primary data center is not too far from the secondary data center.
Furthermore, EvoSwitch is a very friendly partner to do business with and has all the important certificates, such as the NEN, PCI and ISO certificates. For some of our customers, these certificates are required in order to be able to do business. EvoSwitch ensures that all quality and security requirements are met.”
What are the results of your collaboration so far?
Rik: “Several leads have come to us via EvoSwitch, and vice versa. Our experience has been that our customers are sold on EvoSwitch just as quickly as we were when they visit the data center. One example of a client whom we’ve been able to welcome thanks to EvoSwitch is, a leading supplier of heating equipment and installation material with over 50 facilities throughout the country. In many cases, customers experience faults and suffer down-time before they opt for a twin data center structure. This particular customer however, decided to work on their disaster recovery scenario proactively.”
What makes the twin data center structure so profitable?
Rik: “We have noticed a shift in the general trend surrounding the availability of infrastructures with the arrival of flexible working: availability of IT infrastructure is becoming increasingly important and more and more companies demand 24/7 access to their data. With a twin data center structure, companies are working towards a situation in which they can switch from their primary to their secondary data center in real time. In order to guarantee such high uptime, you need a reliable partner.”
The Quanza ISP Kart Competition, to be held on Saturday 23rd March 2013, uses various energy sources to power the activity of the event sponsors and the karts themselves. Prior to the event, EvoSwitch approached the event coordinators to address the event’s carbon footprint. To make it more sustainable, EvoSwitch offered to offset the carbon footprint of the competition.
Energy importance: Sector-wide
“The Quanza ISP Kart Competition was established as a networking event for the ISP sector, a sector which is linked to the data center industry, with an equally high dependence on energy and high power requirements,” said Eric Boonstra, Managing Director at EvoSwitch. “We believe energy efficiency to be of sector-wide importance and therefore think a networking event should not only be successful in bringing together those with mutual interests but also in terms of minimizing the impact on the environment”.
Furthermore, EvoSwitch wanted to demonstrate how easy it can be for any company to address its carbon dioxide emissions: “for example, by opting for energy-efficient servers or by looking at how you deal with data that is only occasionally being accessed” said Boonstra.
A carbon footprint is an ecological footprint that can be expressed as a number. This figure shows how many square meters biologically productive land and water area is used to attain a certain level of consumption and to process the associated waste of this consumption. The number can be calculated per country for a whole year, but also per family, company, product or activity.
“The calculated carbon footprint can then be compensated through certain companies, such as the Climate Neutral Group – an organization EvoSwitch works with,” explains Boonstra. “These agencies typically ensure that the money donated to offset carbon dioxide emissions are used to invest in sustainable energy projects like biogas and renewable energy.”
EvoSwitch carried out extensive calculations ahead of the kart competition to determine the amount of additional carbon dioxide emitted due to the event. “We included the transport of all 800-1000 participants to and from the event, assuming the average travel distance would be 150 kilometers back and forth (and included the consumption of lots of food and drink into the equation). This allowed us to arrange for the entire event to be carbon neutral, not just the racing part. Our partner which executed the calculation and ensured the compensation of emissions gave us a special certificate of carbon neutrality for the event. As such, the Quanza ISP Kart Competition is able to be label itself as a carbon neutral event.”
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.