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Power and Cooling in the Datacenter

Datacenters are notoriously power hungry. What might surprise you to learn is that the most power-hungry element of the typical datacenter is not the servers at all – but the cooling systems that are needed to prevent the servers from over-heating.

In recent years, as servers have increased in capacity and speed, the amount of heat generated has increased massively. This means datacenters need to work harder than ever to maintain an optimum temperature.

Datacenters need to offer these high-capacity, fast servers to meet customer demand, but using this technology creates real issues around energy consumption and efficiency. First and foremost, in many cases, is the issue of cost – powering cooling systems is expensive, so anything a company can do that reduces the need for cooling has to be a good thing.

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EvoSwitch – putting the power back into your servers

Power Usage Efficiency is a tremendously important term when talking about servers. You’ve heard us talking about it, you’ve seen our articles about it, you know it’s what makes us competitive. But in order to take it to another level we’ve started something new at EvoSwitch….

Together with TNO and many other partners, we have started working on a project which can be found when Googling the term Flexiquest. So, what’s it all about? Flexiquest examines the effects of managing demand for all parties in the energy value chain: producers, trading partners, (regional) grid administrators as well as the end users. Flexiquest is working toward business models that will enable all the parties in the chain to determine what more sustainable energy will mean for them specifically. “To what extent can we make the demand for energy more flexible?”, “What does more sustainable energy mean for the regional electricity transmission system operators in terms of grid transmission and the costs involved?”, and “What does more sustainable energy mean for the tariff that end users pay?” All these questions play an important role in this regard.

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Why outsource your IT? Because you can!

Usually, companies are not very interested in IT and technology, unless it’s their way of making money. So what are they interested in? They’re interested in using and expanding their core competencies, making money in the process. As long as IT helps them sell their products and services, they don’t care about the ins and outs of IT.

Allow us to elaborate on that. Nowadays IT is obviously very important to every company. Where would a company (or any individual in the western world, for that matter) be without email or Google? The thing is: people don’t care about IT as long as it does the job it is supposed to do, which is to offer permanent functionality.

What if it doesn’t? In that case, companies would lose money. They would need to make calls to help desks, providers and hosters, hire IT staff or tweak their infrastructures themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

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EvoSwitch at the Storage Expo 2011

EvoSwitch, a next generation and carbon-neutral datacenter, is participating in the Storage- and Security exhibition on the 2nd and 3rd November 2011 at the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht, Netherlands. This event allows EvoSwitch to demonstrate its ability to support customers with storage requirements, both simple and complicated.

The Storage Expo is organized in the same hall as Infosecurity.nl and the Tooling Event, and is an important event for our industry. We expect to speak to IT managers and CIOs looking for advice or debates about storage, access and data security issues. We are more than happy to discuss our experience with datacenter building, tackling key issues such as CAPEX and OPEX, as well as flexible power and cooling processes. The team members manning our stand and who are eager to meet you include Stijn Grove (Sales Manager), Ronald van Muijden and Olivia Blanco from the sales department, and Steve Ramdharie, our Carrier-Relationship Manager.

As referred to in previous blogs, innovation is always at the forefront of our operations. During the event, we aim to talk to customers and prospects about their experience and future plans relating to cloud storage, archiving, backup and data duplication, data protection, virtualization and storage resource management. Another driving force behind the company is the way we handle connectivity requirements. We are carrier neutral, but Steve helps our clients to make the right choices with regards to their connectivity requirements. By providing these types of services – and not losing our neutrality – we have managed continuous growth over the last years.

Would you like to know more, but dont have the time to come to Utrecht? Find us on Twitter (@EvoSwitch) or our facebook page! If you would like to schedule a meet and greet or just want to drop by for a coffee send an email to sales@evoswitch.com!

Come and see us at Stand #A051

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