Advanced Computing in the Age of AI | Tuesday, April 16, 2024

European Data Center Operator Switch Datacenters Opens Incubator To Test Energy-Efficient Technology 

Amsterdam-based Switch Datacenters announced on Monday that it has opened an incubator that it will use to test and deploy energy-efficient data center technologies. Hardware that passes its testing will be used in Switch's "best practices"...

Switch Datacenters wants its 27,300 square foot data center in Amsterdam to reach a PUE of 1.1. In order to do that, it has announced its “Data Center of the Future Program,” an incubator program to test and deploy energy efficient technologies.

Switch Datacenters offers colocation data center services focused on ISPs, system integrators and large Web environments. Its stated advantages include energy-saving advantages such as efficient cooling, 100% green electricity and a current PUE of 1.27.

An article in Web Host Industry Review (WHIR) notes that the tactic is designed to give the Amsterdam company an advantage in attracting new business. The incubator program will test data center hardware and decide which to include in its best practices program.

The dedicated data center site will have a dedicated R&D team to conduct some secluded testing for six to 12 months before deciding if it will be included in its data centers. It will also offer its customers the opportunity to test energy efficient technologies at the data center.

In an email, Gregor Snip, technical director of Switch Datacenters says the service “could help developers of the technologies with its experiences in the commercial datacenter environment and act as an anchor client for the new technology.”

Switch Datacenters has already tested some technologies with a Dutch government organization and will announce those results soon.