Monday, 27 April 2009

Citi wins data centre award

Citi has announced that its newly completed data centre in Frankfurt is the first to have the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating from the US Green Building Council (USGBC), the highest achievable award for new construction.

Features of the 230,000-square-foot building include:

- Uses 30% of the power required by a conventional data centre

- Optimised cooling design resulting in enhanced free cooling rate of 63%

- Reverse osmosis water treatment for cooling saves 50 million litres per annum

- Overall CO2 emissions reduction of 11,750 t/a

- Water-efficient fixtures has reduced potable water use by 41% as well as utilising rainwater for 100% of the irrigation needs

- The recycled content of the materials specified on the project reached 27%, with local sourcing of materials exceeding 40%

- Makes extensive use of virtualised technology, deployed in a modular design to optimise energy use and reduce the total amount of cabling required by 250km

Perhaps the most significant comment in the press release is that the design was executed with no increased cost over more conventional data centres and without adversely affecting reliability and resilience of the systems it houses.

I just wish they had given a PUE figure for the data centre efficiency, though. It would be interesting to see how it compares with other facilities in terms of total energy compared with IT energy (and its the only easy way to make comparisons).

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