It takes a lot of energy to power your website and domain name. According to SolutionsforDreamers.com, data centers account for 1.5% of the electricity used in the United States. That may not sound like much, but as Pingdom pointed out in 2008, it all adds up. Just one US data center, according to their research, consumes as much energy as five million homes. That’s a whole lot of power!
One web hosting company is looking to change the way they meet the demand for power by constructing a green data center. Read on to learn more.
Meet Blacknight Solutions
Blacknight Solutions is an Irish-owned and based web hosting company and ICANN accredited domain registrar. Active in the industry since 2004, Blacknight offers shared web hosting, dedicated servers, SharePoint Services, cloud hosting, colocation, business email solutions and domain names. Blacknight already owns their own data center in Ireland, and has now begun construction on a new energy conscious data center that will not only save power, but also empower the local community with the introduction of new jobs.
“We are always looking for ways to improve our services,” states Blacknight CEO Michele Neylon. “Bringing a data center in-house means our staff are no more than 5 minutes away to service it at any time. Having that kind of peace of mind gives us more time to focus on other aspects of our business.”
Blacknight's plans include constructing their new data center so that it will be cooled with air from outside.
Paul Kelly, CTO states “We are aiming for a PUE of between 1.1 and 1.2. This means that the cost to cool the IT equipment will be considerably lower than in older data centers. Ireland’s year round low average temperatures make running a data center cooled by ambient air a possibility.”
Blacknight partnered with a local Irish company to build the new data center, which has created a significant number of local jobs. The expansion is also expected to create new jobs in-house at Blacknight once it’s completed.
Blacknight's data center is expected to be operational in late 2012, and the doors on the new project will be opened in early 2013.
To learn more about Blacknight’s expansion, take a look at the Blacknight hosting blog.