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German Govt. Recognizes EvoSwitch as Green

German Govt. Recognizes EvoSwitch as Green

Dutch data center provider EvoSwitch (www.evoswitch.com) announced on Tuesday that the German Federal Environment Ministry has recogonized the company as one of 11 energy-efficient data centers in its recently published report of best-practices in the area of green data center initiatives in Europe, the US and Asia.

The German Federal Environment Ministry prepared the report with "the world's best practices" based on research by the Borderstep Institute for Innovation and Sustainability (www.borderstep.de).

The report is designed as an educational resource to encourage IT and data center managers, as well as suppliers of data center equipment, to take social responsibility for energy use in data centers.

Available in German and English, the report not only targets Germany, but is also intended for distribution in Brussels.

"Energy use by servers and data centers in Germany was 10.1 TWh in 2008," says Federal Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel in the preface of the report. "That's twice as much as in 2000. Unless we take extra measures in data centers, Germany can expect to see a substantial increase in CO2 emissions. However, if data centers would follow the example of these innovative data centers, Germany alone would be able to reduce its power consumption by a total of 25.8 TWh until 2013, and thus reduce its CO2 emissions by 15.3 million tons and achieve a total cost savings of 3.5 billion euros."

The report describes the technologies that in 2008 enabled EvoSwitch to achieve a Power Usage Effectiveness rate of 1.6, or an energy savings of 40 percent compared to traditional data centers, which the researchers of Borderstep call a "remarkably efficient result for such a large data center."

The near-term goal is to achieve a PUE of 1.3 to 1.2, or an energy savings of 70 to 80 percent compared to traditional data centers.

The complete 40-page English version of the report can be downloaded for free here.

Located in the Amsterdam region, EvoSwitch is a ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 certified, CO2-neutral data center.

With more than 30,000 square feet of floor space and a total capacity of 20 Megawatt, EvoSwitch ensures customers that there is always enough energy available.

LeaseWeb managing director Con Zwinkels discussed his company's "green" practices through its EvoSwitch data center in a WHIR interview.

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