NGD Leads With Responsible Energy Efficiency Strategies

NGD First to Receive Government’s New UK Data Centre Climate Change Agreement

By devstars 01 | September | 2014

NGD leads the way in balancing demand for power with responsible energy efficiency strategies                              

London, 28 August 2014: Next Generation Data (NGD) announced today that it is the first data centre operator in the UK to receive a Data Centre Climate Change Agreement, the newly introduced government backed initiative for driving and recognising efficiencies in one of the UK’s most energy intensive sectors.

Capable of delivering a supply of up to 180 MVA from its own power sub-station and already provisioning 40kW or more to server racks at its NGD Europe carrier-neutral, high security mega-data centre, NGD operates one of the largest data centres in Europe. The facility’s abundant power and size ensure government organisations, blue chip IT services companies such as BT, CGI, IBM and Wipro Technologies, and an increasing array of growing cloud service providers, have access to highly resilient, scalable and future-proofed data centre environments.

“NGD is delighted to continue leading the sector on power supply having been the first data centre in Europe to switch to 100 per cent renewably sourced power four years ago,” said Nick Razey, CEO, NGD. “While we already offer our customers very competitively priced power, helped by being exempt from the Climate Change Levy (CCL) as a result of our longstanding green energy supply initiative, our new CCA will increase our competiveness even further by excluding us from Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) charges. The CCA also demonstrates to customers, procurement departments and investors that NGD is ahead of the game when it comes to energy efficiency and optimisation best practices.”

Emma Fryer, Associate Director, Climate Change Programme, techUK, the trade association responsible for helping the UK IT, telecoms and electronics industries with CCA said, “"The CCA is a major step forward for the data centre sector; it will increase investor confidence and improve energy stewardship throughout the industry and we are delighted that leading-edge operator NGD is participating in the scheme. As the first UK data centre operator to receive the new CCA, we believe NGD's leadership will serve as an exemplar for other data centre providers in this energy intensive sector.”

With abundant power from a direct to National Grid connection, diverse cooling, high speed connectivity and onsite engineering expertise, NGD customers are assured of the most resilient, optimized and high performance data centre environments for supporting their high density cloud, virtualized and Big Data computing solutions. The company ensures compliance with all major industry standards and practices for environmental, security and quality control including ISOs 9001, 14001 and 27001, PCI, IL3 and SSAE16.

About Data Centre CCA

The Data Centre CCA came into force on 1st July 2014. Data centre businesses providing colocation space (both wholesale and retail) are eligible for the CCA in its current form. In return for a reduction in some carbon taxes, participants are given energy efficiency targets. These targets are sector-specific so they can be focused exactly where they can deliver the most benefit. Because CCAs accommodate growth by focusing on energy efficiency instead of net reductions, they are particularly suited to drive efficiency improvements in sectors like data centres that are energy intensive, growing fast, and vulnerable to overseas competition.

The CCA has major implications for the sector including:

1. Formal recognition of the sector by Government
2. Greater investor confidence
3. Improved competitiveness
4. Increased consolidation
5. Improved energy stewardship

About NGD Europe

NGD Europe is able to support High Density Environments for such power-hungry and intensive applications as Big Data, Cloud Computing, Super Computing and Grid Computing. It is ideally suited to large enterprise organisations wishing to consolidate their existing space- or power-restricted data centre operations, as well as service providers and systems integrators operating single or multiple racks.  Capable of housing up to 19,000 server racks, NGD Europe is a purpose-built tier 3 carrier-neutral facility offering 750,000 sq ft of highly secure and cost-effective space. Racks can be arranged into self-contained and colocation data halls of various sizes all with independent services, resilient power and cooling systems. NGD Europe’s environmentally-friendly high level technology infrastructure has been designed to meet and exceed the ever increasing demand for more computing power. Its many features include a 180 MVA 100 per cent renewable energy power supply connected directly to the super grid via an on-site sub-station. There are also multiple on-site high-speed, low latency carrier interconnects.

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Nigel Parker
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Tel: 0118 948 7099

For further information:

Nick Razey/Simon Taylor
Next Generation Data
Tel: 01633 674 518