Editor's Note: This article refers to a video interview shot at Interop (News - Alert) 2010. To view TMCnet's entire library of videos from Interop and other industry shows, demonstrations and interviews in our in-house studio, visit our Video News home page.
Interop presented an exciting opportunity for those in the technology and telecommunications space as it brought multiple players together in one location to provide informative presentation on new offerings, next-generation technologies and opportunities for the coming year.
TMCnet took advantage of the opportunity to speak with a number of key industry players at Interop this year, including Tate Cantrell, CTO with Verne Global. Cantrell visited the TMCnet media booth for an interview captured in this video.
Verne Global just recently launched a new data center in Iceland as part of its plan to implement servers in places where they make sense. The company has three requirements for server implementation : there must be a source of abundant green energy; there must be onramps to redundant networks; and there must be access to multiple markets.
From this new location in Ireland, the company can access markets in both North American and Europe.
What does this do to carbon footprint? "For us, it is a great opportunity to zero out the carbon footprint," said Cnatrell. "We look to companies and enterprises that want to take applications, want to take a part of their IT portfolio and remove the carbon impact. We offer a great resource for companies to be able to do that."
TMCnet wanted to know if it is green or cost savings companies want and Cantrell noted that green is all about business strategies right now. For Verne Global, with the low cost of power and predictability in Iceland, they can offer a low cost hedge against rising power costs. By moving to Iceland, data centers could save millions.
The Iceland location also saves cooling costs as the gulf stream really helps to stabilize winter temps. Iceland offers the perfect environment to create highly redundant systems that do no rely on power-run coolers. Cantrell highlighted that you have to select a site location that makes sense, brings in TCO opportunities with low risk threshold.
When asked if the new data center is completely eliminates cooling mechanisms, Cantrell noted that Verne Global uses heat exchangers that are air to air and air to water and 2 tier filtration system. The company can literally shut windows to not impact the outside environments.
Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for eastbiz.com. To read more of Susan's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Kelly McGuire