Arvato Systems Completes Modernization of its Data Center
Web servers consume electricity – and not just a little, especially when the business is growing fast. Because its energy costs were high and rising steadily, Arvato Systems decided to modernize its entire 5,000m² data center. The aim was both to reduce energy costs and to meet customer demands for more sustainable processes.
Arvato Systems implemented the modernization project within two years. In addition to the cold-aisle enclosures and an over-rack cable management system for the servers, two free-cooling systems were installed. Also, a hydraulic separator to prevent the cold water produced from mixing with the hot water in the return flow. The ongoing identification of available capacity and the resulting utilization additionally helps to run the air-conditioning optimally and without waste. This has enabled Arvato Systems to save more than two million kilowatt-hours of electricity, or 1,220 tons of CO2 emissions per year.
"The special thing about this project is that the adjustments and retrofits were carried during ongoing operations, without any disruption. Despite the increase in energy requirements as a result of our business growth, consumption has been reduced. So the project has made a significant contribution to improving our Group’s overall energy footprint and the proposed savings of one million kilowatt-hours has been more than doubled with over two million kilowatt-hours saved,” says Jesko Jacobs, Senior Manager Data Center at Arvato Systems.
In March, Arvato Systems had won the German Data Center Prize 2014 for the energy efficiency project at its Gütersloh computer center.