BBC: “world’s most sustainable data centre” has opened at South Marston Business Park

The BBC has run the following article:

The “world’s most sustainable data centre” has opened on the outskirts of Swindon.

The new facility, said to be the first of its kind in the world, was built by IT service provider Capgemini on an industrial estate in South Marston.

Using a fresh air cooling system, the new ‘Merlin’ data centre is designed to half the facility’s energy consumption and quarter its maintenance costs.

The firm said the centre would benefit from Swindon’s “perfect” weather.

Programme director Paul Anderson said: “Swindon has the perfect ambient air conditions to host a data centre of this kind. We spent a lot of time looking at weather patterns across the UK. We put a weather map up of Britain and colour coded it with too damp, too cold and too hot, and Swindon sits in an area that’s perfect.

But it’s not just the town’s ‘Goldilocks’ temperature range that has made it the “best place in the world” to site the 90,000 square foot facility.

This particular site is not on any air flight paths,” adds Paul, “and it’s not affected by any natural disasters.

The full article is available here.

The original press release is available here.

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