Add Rackspace to the growing list of tech companies that are bringing energy efficient innovations to their cloud data centers beginning at the planning stage.
Like Google, Facebook and Microsoft, the San Antonia-based cloud computing company plans to increase its cloud footprint by constructing a new data center using green design principles from the start. Gary Boyd, Senior Director of Project Engineering at Rackspace, explained in a blog post:
From minimizing landfill and the impact on the environment during the upcoming construction, to using cutting edge technologies like “indirect outside air” cooling, to achieving BREEAM certification; the 130,000-square-foot Crawley, West Sussex-based data centre illustrates our mission to be good stewards of the environment and reinforces our focus on energy conservation.
Once completed, it will be one of the greenest data centres in the UK.
Rackspace is taking its inspiration from Open Compute, a Facebook’s open source designs for data centers. Open Compute has its roots in the social media giant’s first ever data center in Prineville, Ore., which allowed the company to achieve an impressive PUE rating of 1.07 thanks to energy-saving features including custom low-power servers, free cooling and LED lighting, to name a few.
The news comes soon after Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier announced his retirement amid a massive, company-wide transition to OpenStack, the open source cloud computing platform.