Fujitsu Siemens sets data centres €10k challenge

19 Sep 2007

Fujitsu Siemens Computers is putting its money where its mouth is and offering a free energy assessment to Irish data centres. Where it fails to identify how a data centre can save its power costs by 40pc it will donate €10K to environmental charity The Climate Group.

The ‘dynamic data centre challenge’ issued by the company invites organisations running data centres to let Fujitsu Siemens Computers demonstrate where it can reduce the power consumption costs, operating costs and physical footprint of an organisation’s data centre by at least 40pc.

Fujitsu Siemens Computers will provide corporates with recommendations for data centre migration that will include proposals for improvements in their application environments and advice on other elements where cost savings can be realised.

“We have taken this important step of issuing a challenge to Irish corporates because we need the country’s decision-makers to sit up and take note that they currently have power-hungry data centres based on sprawling server farms that are costing them millions of euros to manage,” said Liam Halpin, managing director of Fujitsu Siemens Computers Ireland. “Data centre power consumption is growing by 25pc per annum. However, we believe many businesses simply don’t know how to go about reducing this huge consumption of power. We hope our challenge will change this.”

“We applaud this step taken by Fujitsu Siemens Computers and really hope that its challenge will catch the imagination of Irish corporates,” commented Dr Steve Howard, CEO, The Climate Group. “It is throwing down the gauntlet to some of Ireland’s largest companies and promising to achieve a reduction in data centre costs that will make a real difference to their bottom line while also helping to cut power consumption and reduce their carbon footprint.”

The ‘dynamic date centre challenge’ is open to any corporate body who runs a large data centre and who agrees to a free value study and initial assessment by Fujitsu Siemens Computers.

By Niall Byrne