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Eco-friendly data centres - mission impossible?

06-11-2008 02:02 PM CET | IT, New Media & Software

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UK data centre operator iomart will host a free seminar at Wembley Stadium later this month challenging the industry to come clean about its lack of green credentials.

The company, which has four state-of-the-art data centres throughout the UK, including one in the heart of the City of London, has invited several experts in the sector to talk about how the data centre industry can mitigate its impact on the environment.

Speakers at the June 25 seminar will include:

Victor Smith – enterprise technologist, Dell
Steve Wallage – CEO, data centre analysts Broad Group
Josh Boulton – Green IT magazine
Stuart Paul – director of data centre operations, iomart

iomart managing director Sarah Haran said it was important for the data centre industry to recognise its impact on the environment, but insisted any green initiatives had to have real value.

She said: “Powering and cooling data centres requires a lot of energy, which means that their carbon footprints are pretty hefty. It’s estimated the average data centre uses as much electricity as 4000 homes, and that globally, data centres generate between 100 million and 150m tonnes of carbon dioxide every year.

“We know the industry is keen to balance its environmental impact, but it’ll take an awful lot more than screwing in a few energy-saving lightbulbs.

“This seminar will challenge data centre users and operators to think seriously about tackling their carbon emissions, or at least offsetting them, in an industry where, in reality, being environmentally-friendly is an uphill struggle.”

The seminar will be followed by a tour of Wembley Stadium.

The event is free to attend and a few tickets remain and can be booked at:

Agenda for Day

10.00 – 10.15 Advertised arrival time for delegates & Registration
10.15 – 10.30 Welcome Address – Phil Worms
10.30 – 11.00 Session 1 – Steve Wallage – The data centre in 2 years
11.00 – 11.25 Session 2 – Josh Boulton – Industry trends
11.25 – 11.40 Morning refreshments
11.40 – 12.30 Session 3 – Vic Smith – Energy efficient data centres
12.30 – 13.30 Buffet lunch
13.30 – 14.00 Session 4 – Stuart Paul – The sharp end: managing data centres
14.00 – 14.15 Delegate Q&A
Afternoon Teas & Coffees & cookies
14.30 Stadium Tours
14.45 Stadium Tours
15.00 Stadium Tours
15.15 Stadium Tours
16.00 Close of the day

Lister Pavilion, Kelvin Campus, West of Scotland Science Park, Glasgow, G20 0SP, UK
Tel: 0141 931 6400

Founded in 1998, and listed on AIM in 2000, iomart plc has built an enviable reputation for its core internet hosting skills and experience. The company holds a unique place in the hosting market in that it genuinely offers a ‘one source’ approach. By physically owning and managing its own network infrastructure, including state-of-the-art data centre facilities, it offers world-beating levels of service to its customers. iomart provides a blend of hosting services, ranging from domain name management through to complex managed data centre solutions, to both the private and public sector.

All hosting services are customised to suit the client’s exact requirements and are designed for superior performance, reliability, security, and scalability.

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