I went to the Interxion "Energy Efficiency Roadmap" seminar in Amsterdam last Thursday.
This was a very interesting event rounded off by a visit to Interxion's energy efficient data centre.
A list of the speakers can be found on this link:
It seems that our european partners are laughing at the UK's CRC energy efficiency scheme and the problems it is causing, and there is a very real threat that new cloud computing data centres will not be built in the UK. This is not as serious a threat as it may seem, as it is my belief that just other european states will come to embrace carbon taxes and energy efficiency schemes like the CRC, so as they say he who laughs last...
But the CRC EES does give the UK a real opportunity to embrace energy efficiency in Data Centres and we should start to think outside of the conventional DC model.
On a similar note, we see that Microsoft are also calling for a radical rethink on how data centres are built, including the notion of ITPacs, or pre-assembled components, these are not containerised units a la google but rather designed, and built to order for individual customers.
The full article can be found on the computer weekly website here:
However, some interesting discussions took place and some development work on these potential projects will be taking place after the 7th October..watch this space.
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