Rackspace to open green datacentre


Rackspace to open green datacentre

Antony Savvas

Rackspace Managed Hosting is to open an environmentally friendly datacentre in Slough. It has joined forces with property investment and development group Segro to open the 65,000sq ft site, which will be run on non-fossil fuels.

Slough Heat and Power will supply the datacentre with its required 15 MVA (megavolt-amperes). The energy supplier has recently converted from running on coal to using clean wood chips and fibre fuel – both renewable biomass energy sources.

Jacques Greyling, managing director at Rackspace, said, “Rackspace and its clients are increasingly looking for ways to minimise the negative impact they have on the environment. We are working on a number of initiatives to offer organisations the opportunity to use carbon neutral hosting.
“Having invested in a carbon offset scheme through tree planting, we are now looking at solving the problem at the root by sourcing renewable energy for our servers.”

In June 2006, Rackspace upgraded to HP ProLiant DL385 servers featuring Dual-Core AMD Opteron 200 Series processors, which consume less electricity than prior server models.

In October 2006, Rackspace began offering all of its new and existing customers the opportunity to sign up for a carbon neutral hosting package, whereby Rackspace pledged to plant sufficient trees to offset the carbon produced as a result of running its customers’ servers.

To date, over 900 trees have been planted in Pembrokeshire as a result of this initiative.

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