Lenovo: ‘data is not the new oil; it is your organisation’s life blood’

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Data Centre Summit took place at London’s Business Design Centre today, providing a showcase for innovation and a forum for discussion of key industry issues. Keynote presentations were delivered by some of the industry’s most respected thought leaders, including Angelo Apa, Technical Sales and Business Development Director at Lenovo Data Centre Group UK & Ireland – speaking on “The Future Defined Data Centre.

Angelo Apa commented: “Data is not the new oil; it is your organisation’s life blood. The data centre is made up of many and various blood vessels…” He warned delegates that they need to take care about how they store, access, manipulate and use this data: “Get it right and we can thrive. Get it wrong and we know what happens when there are obstructions in the flow of blood.” 

Also speaking at the conference, Simon Young, from Munters, announced that the company has received two significant orders to provide cooling solutions for two Facebook data centres in Europe. The total value of the combined orders is approximately MSEK 450 depending on the final selection of options and on-site services. Having previously supplied the first two phases of Facebook’s project in Clonee, Ireland and the first phase of their more recent development in Odense, Denmark, Munters’ scope will be to deliver Oasis Indirect Evaporative Cooling units into phase 3 of Clonee and phase 2 of Odense, Denmark.

Facebook data centres are among the most advanced and energy efficient in the world, and both facilities are powered by 100% renewable energy. The Odense Data Centre will also have the infrastructure needed to capture the excess heat generated by the servers and recycle it into the local district heating system operated by Fjernvarme Fyn. When complete, the heat recovery infrastructure is expected to recover up to 100,000 MWh of energy per year, which could produce enough heat to warm up to 6,900 homes.

He revealed that the company has delivered CO2 savings for data centres equal to the emissions of 30,000 cars, through evaporative cooling technologies. In the future, he predicts an increase in rack densities and a move towards cooling as a service.

Other  high profile speakers included:  Rabih Bashroush, EURECA Project Coordinator at the University of East London, commenting on: “EURECA: Lessons Learned from evaluating over 350 public sector data centres”. He highlighted the fact that there are “a lot of zombie servers out there”, wasting energy, and concluded that simply by refreshing hardware, significant efficiencies can be achieved. 

For further information visit: http://www.datacentresummit.co.uk

 

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