Carbon neutral datacentre launches in Portsmouth

By Nicola Brittain
18 Oct 2011 View Comments
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A carbon neutral datacentre situated just outside Portsmouth, and built by Vancouver headquartered firm, Peer1 Hosting, went live yesterday.

The datacentre offers a PUE of 1.1, with 1.0 being completely carbon neutral.

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The company claims the industry average is 1:8.

However the low PUE will not bring the cost down for companies using the datacentre, as might be expected, because Peer1 has invested in a cooling system provided by Excool and the cost will be passed onto customers.

The Excool system harnesses the natural cooling effect of air and water, uses a heat exchange system, low-energy fans and water atomisers.

"This service will suit companies that are under pressure to keep to their carbon reduction commitments," said Fabio Banducci, President and CEO of Peer1 Hosting in conversation with Computing.

The company has spent £45m on the datacentre, which will eventually comprise four PODS (or performance optimised datacentres).

The facility is 5,372 metres squared and has 11 Megawatts of available power and room for 20,000 servers. It also provides a direct link to a 10Gb fibre network which is managed by Peer1.

It is situated in Langstone Technology Park, Portsmouth, and will offer scalable managed hosting, dedicated hosting and co-location services to companies across London and the South East.

The datacentre has been built to a Tier 3 specification.

The company already has a data centre just off the M4 corridor, and 70 per cent of the customers using this will be migrated to the Portsmouth datacentre, where the company will now be able to provide two-site redundancy.

The data centre also offers biometric authentication, ultra sound technology and coordinated intruder alarms. Users also have the opportunity to work at the site as catering, Wi-Fi, conference rooms, a 150-seater auditorium and fitness centre are available.




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