Our facility is powered by 100% green sourced power as specified by Scottish Power (the supplier) and as regulated by Ofgem.
Highly energy efficient datacenter, with a PUE rating of between 1.2 and 1.3 and environmental management policy externally assessed to ISO 14001 standards.
Our environmental policy aims to reduce waste, encourage recycling and avoid all unnecessary travel. Many of our staff also enjoy working from the comfort of their own homes.
This little scene may seem innocent enough, but did you know that what you've just done had an environmental impact? Would you be surprised to learn that it contributes to a beast that produces an enormous and ever-growing amount of carbon?
As ephemeral as it all seems, it's easy to forget the real-world mechanics that go into keeping the Internet running. A web site is housed on a server in a datacentre - a building packed top to bottom with servers which power the web pages, videos, online applications and downloadable files that make the modern online experience possible.
All these servers require electricity to keep them powered up, and then almost as much again to keep them cool. To generate much of that electricity, fossil fuels like coal and gas are usually being burned.
This starts with only using green power. Unlike many datacentres, our facility is powered by 100% green sourced power as specified by Scottish Power (the supplier) and as regulated by Ofgem. Currently this is 100% wind powered but projects are in development for wave and tidal power as well.
For more detailed information, please visit the Scottish Power Renewables website.
Even renewable energy is precious - so the next step in the process is to ensure that use of that electricity is also kept to an absolute minimum, which starts with intelligent datacentre design.
Our primary hosting facility, Centro, is not only powered entirely by renewable energy, but has also been built from the ground up to be extremely energy efficient. Part of The Green Grid industry body, Centro complies with the EU datacentre code of conduct and is audited and certified to ISO 14001 (Environment Management) standards. The facility achieves a class-leading PUE (Power usage effectiveness) of 1.2, making it one of the most efficient hosting facilities in service today.
In the typical datacentre, a huge amount of energy is used to keep the servers cool - generally this is because inefficient design principals have been employed. In the vast majority of datacentres, the server rooms are kept exceedingly cold, but the servers sit there blowing out a heap of hot air back into the room. A huge amount of energy is thereby wasted constantly having to re-cool that hot air again, causing the cooling systems to work harder and consume more power than they ought to.
In Centro, the hot air expelled from the servers is contained and directly extracted from the building, meaning the cooling systems can operate much more energy efficiently. The super efficient water-based chillers additional use 'free cooling' technology, which means that when it's cool enough, the outside air can just be pumped through rather than waste energy keeping the chillers running at full-speed.
Being environmentally conscious is at the heart of everything we do. Along with a super-efficient, green powered datacenter, as a company we also:
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