As the use of data centres has grown so has their impact on the environment, a much more
rigorous approach to their operation must be adopted. Nowhere is this clearer in the
need to address the dramatically increasing power consumption of modern data centres.
The current design and operation of data centres have been over-engineered. This has
resulted in fit outs which are more expensive in economic terms and carbon than is
necessary. By applying simple engineering approaches to these areas we have produced a fit out which consumes substantially less carbon in installation, but more significantly consumes
far less carbon in operation throughout its lifetime. Since a data centre may have a lifetime of 30 years, the carbon efficiency of systems that we build now is of huge
importance to the environment for many years to come.
Our innovations in process engineering and technology in relation to power
consumption, cooling, utilisation and the physical fit out allow power
consumption in data centres to be halved, The process of
consolidation itself allows for additional energy use reduction.
Free air cooling will be installed as standard in our data centres, thereby
enabling us to utilise the more expensive, carbon greedy air conditioning only
when necessary (which in sunny old Manchester certainly isn’t every day).