Up against far larger organisations that included Capgemini and Verne Global, the independently owned colocation provider, 4D Data Centres has been recognised for its environmental achievements in winning the Green Datacentre Project of the Year category at the Datacentre Solutions Awards ceremony.
4D’s win was based on its installation of the UK’s first evaporative cooling system at its Byfleet data centre, 4D Surrey. The Eco Cooling units are the only ones designed to take into account European health and safety regulations and have cut the data centre’s current cooling load by 88%, as well as giving an estimated saving of 440,605 Kg of CO2 a year. The new system has also reduced 4D’s Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) to 1.146, making it one of the greenest data centres on the planet, along with pioneering installations built by Google and Facebook (which use similar technology).
Jack Bedell-Pearce, managing director said, “It’s fantastic to be recognised by the data centre industry for our successful installation of cutting-edge evaporative cooling technology. We’re a relatively small, family business compared with competitors which include the global consulting and IT group Capgemini so it’s an encouraging accolade for us as an independent British business in this time of economic recession.”
“We would like to congratulate 4D Data Centres on winning the 2012 DCS award for Green Datacentre Project of the Year,” commented Bill Dunlop, CEO of award organisers Angel Business Communications. “These awards recognise the users, manufacturers and suppliers operating in the datacentre fields in the European market and are voted for by the readers of our wide range of print and online publications.”