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Green data centre’s secrets revealed

Tue 8 Apr 2014

A new data centre has had its potential environmental impact massively reduced by using green data centre technologies which has also helped improved its power usage effectiveness (PUE).

Adam Smith, director at Paragon Internet Group, the parent company of three cloud web hosting companies, told the Data Centre World conference about how the centre has been designed for the era of cloud computing and big data.

“As a private company with no VC backing, Paragon was experiencing exponential business growth, therefore building its own data centre infrastructure was the next logical step,” he said. The three companies, including Tsohost and Vidahost, have a client base of over 55,000. In 2013 Paragon constructed a dedicated, multi-million pound state-of-the-art Tier 3+ 2N data centre in Slough, Berkshire.

The 20,000 sq ft facility has the capacity for 120 high density racks, which significantly expanded Paragon’s network and has helped its rapid growth. Smith said Paragon worked several industry leading suppliers such as Emerson Network Power for cooling and UPS, Mardix for Switchgear and Tyco for fire suppression, to deliver the green rewards “while ensuring that it continues to deliver resilient, fast and secure services to its customers.”

“The Slough Trading Estate location was ideal with ample connectivity and power,” he said. “This investment gives us complete control over our environment and we were able to design the best technical solution, choosing best of breed vendors for each aspect of our infrastructure without being motivated purely by cost.”


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