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Guest post by www.greenhost.nl : A brand new server

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!

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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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