The World’s Greenest Data Center?
First of all, its nickname is Merlin. Second, it’s supposed to be the greenest data center extant. These factors placeCapGemini’s newest venture high on the list of coolest data centers as well as greenest.
So, say the industry average PUE is about 2.5 – Merlin’s is just 1.08. The Reuters news article doesn’t go into as much detail as one could wish about how exactly this exemplary PUE is sustained, but it does discuss the cooling technique which is a part of it all, and more information is available at ZDNet.
The data center was built in a recycled facility, a warehouse in Swindon in the Southwest of England, and is very adjustable in size. CapGemini is using a self-contained modular system which is scalable to their changing needs.
Their cooling is quite innovative and uses five stages to cool air in an extremely energy-efficient process. A combination of filters, water, fans, and outside air work together to keep the data center at a reasonable temperature while maintaining high standards of environmental friendliness.
Merlin is the face of the modern data center – in a recycled space, with cutting-edge environmentally-conscious technology, high flexibility, and a cool name. Cementing its position as the greenest data center out there, the UK’s Environment Agency is the first customer Merlin is hosting.
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