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data centre news Editor Claire Fletcher claire.fletcher@allthingsmedialtd.com Group Advertisement Manager Kelly Byne – 01634 673163 kelly@allthingsmedialtd.com Studio Manager Ben Bristow – 01634 673163 ben@allthingsmedialtd.com Designer Jon Appleton jon@allthingsmedialtd.com Business Support Administrator Carol Gylby – 01634 673163 carol@allthingsmedialtd.com Managing Director David Kitchener – 01634 673163 david@allthingsmedialtd.com Accounts 01634 673163 susan@allthingsmedialtd.com Suite 14, 6-8 Revenge Road, Lordswood, Kent ME5 8UD T: +44 (0)1634 673163 F: +44 (0)1634 673173 The editor and publishers do not necessarily agree with the views expressed by contributors nor do they accept responsibility for any errors in the transmission of the subject matter in this publication. In all matters the editor’s decision is final. Editorial contributions to DCN are welcomed, and the editor reserves the right to alter or abridge text prior to publication. © Copyright 2017. All rights reserved. 4 | October 2017 W hen it comes to the plethora of ways in which we damage the planet, forget the usual culprits: Failing to turn lights off, leaving the tap running while you brush your teeth, not recycling, commuting (let’s all just stop going to work, it will save the world.) What if I told you your last Facebook binge was just as culpable? Well, not just Facebook, anything that involves data really. We all quickly forget that even small data centres consume large amounts of energy. Operating a server farm, fans, consoles, monitors, lights, and cooling systems all day, every day, requires massive quantities of energy and we’d be foolish to think this wasn’t having an impact on the environment. With this in mind, there is ever growing pressure for businesses to ensure their effect on the planet Claire Fletcher, editor is kept to a minimum. In relation to the data centre, this means ensuring all mechanical, lighting, electrical and computer systems are designed for maximum energy efficiency and minimum environmental impact. But the technologies needed to be dubbed ‘environmentally friendly’ aren’t necessarily cheap. Is it really worth the upfront cost? Which are the most effective? What products should businesses actually be implementing? This month’s special feature homes in on ‘Green IT’, taking a detailed look at the various strategies available to help support sustainability. As a side note, as well as all our regular features, we have a quirky case study feat. the only pink data centre I’ve ever seen. Should you have any questions or opinions on the topics discussed please write to: claire.fletcher@ allthingsmedialtd.com. @DCNMag w ˙]X[[]˘˝Z