projects & agreements MERLIN ENTERTAINMENTS TRANSFORMS IT WITH SIMPLIVITY HYPERCONVERGENCE Merlin Entertainments has standardised on SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure to revolutionize its data centre. SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure dramatically reduces capital and operational expenses (capex and opex), while ensuring high performance and availability for Merlin’s business critical applications. As a result of its recent move to SimpliVity, Merlin projects a three year total cost of ownership (TCO) saving for its new theme parks and attractions, compared to alternative solutions, of 25 per cent. Globally, Merlin operates 110 attractions in 23 countries. Some of the most renowned and famous resort theme parks and midway attractions in the world are operated by Merlin, including Legoland resorts, Madame Tussauds, and Sea Life aquariums, among others. Merlin was looking to streamline operations, simplify management, and free up its IT team to work on more innovative and business progressing initiatives. The organisation needed a solution that would reliably support its revenue critical retail systems, ticketing and admission systems, hotel management systems, and core IT services. After vetting solutions from a number of vendors, Merlin decided that SimpliVity was the perfect fit. ZTE and Tencent construct energy efficient mobile modular data centre ZTE Corporation has joined Tencent to successfully build Tencent West Lab, a fully mobile containerised, energy efficient data centre. The successful collaboration between ZTE and Tencent has delivered a data centre that features multiple technological breakthroughs, most notably an overall power usage effectiveness (PUE) level of 1.0665 (including photovoltaic gains). The figure is based on uninterrupted 24 hour load tests made by the China Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR). Data centre development in China has accelerated in recent times with over 400,000 data centres operating in China today. According to China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), the annual power consumption of China’s data centre industry exceeds 1.5 per cent of the total power consumption of the whole of China. This is creating an urgency to initiate further green and energy saving data centre projects. Given this challenge, ZTE has implemented a number of innovations while working with Tencent to jointly construct the West Lab data centre, which is fully mobile and modular in design. The new facility features technological breakthroughs in cooling, power consumption, design structure, management and control.