Implementation fast tracks automation and control improvements while enhancing energy efficiency for Swiss-based service provider
Cary, N.C., Jan. 8, 2013 – ABB (NYSE: ABB), a global leader in power and automation technologies, today announced Switzerland-based Green has deployed Decathlon™ Version 2 data center infrastructure management (DCIM) system as an integral part of the information and communications technology (ICT) service provider’s green information technology strategy.
At the center of Green’s approach is the world’s most powerful DC data center, which opened 2012. The site, which is growing towards 10,000-square-meters of IT space, is one of four in Switzerland where the company is leveraging Decathlon, a DCIM solution providing visibility, expert decision support and control technologies across enterprise-wide data center operations.
“Data centers are the foundation of our business, so we strategically invest in the most scalable, secure and energy-efficient facilities and management technologies. Our Zurich West project with ABB is one example; Decathlon is another,” explained Franz Grüter, Green CEO. “Advanced automation of our data centers is our ultimate goal. We will use Decathlon to expedite us through the stages of our data center evolution.”
Decathlon provides Green with advanced power and environmental controls and monitoring. As the company adds renewable power sources – such as solar on and off-site – Decathlon will optimize the two-way power flow to and from the grid. The DCIM system will also enable all four data center sites to be monitored and controlled from any one of several locations.
“Energy is no longer a one-way street with dollars showing as a negative line item on an organization’s balance sheet,” explained Jim Shanahan, head of ABB’s global data center automation business. “Green is a great example of a forward-looking organization that has turned the standard model on its head. Within its data center operations, energy has become currency and a profit generator.”
In addition to the Decathlon open-platform suite, Green also installed ABB’s sophisticated extended operator workstation (EOW), which serves as an operations command center and encourages an efficient workflow and dynamic view into the data center operations.
ABB launched Decathlon Version 2 in early November 2012, which was built on decades of proven success with energy efficient, mission critical systems for industrial applications and leadership in automation technology. The capabilities Green desired in Decathlon Version 2 are made possible through granular, real-time monitoring and analytics of data center equipment performance, power and water consumption, and environmental factors that impact the data center and ultimately, business continuity.
For more information on ABB Decathlon, visit www.abb.com/decathlon.
About ABB and Decathlon
ABB Decathlon, built on an open-platform, enables advanced management of data center operations enterprise-wide through a unified view—so operators can deliver services faster, in the most reliable and efficient way possible. It is part of ABB’s broad portfolio of integrated solutions, products and services that ensure data centers operate with optimum reliability and efficiency. From AC and DC electric distribution systems to enterprise management and grid connections, ABB provides savings in installation, energy, space and maintenance. Visit www.abb.com/decathlon for more details.
ABB is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable enterprise, utility and industry customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in about 100 countries and employs about 145,000 people. For more information, visit www.abb.com.
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green.ch AG was founded in 1995 and is now one of the leading ICT service providers in Switzerland. Within the green.ch Group, Green Datacenter AG runs the data center business, while green.ch AG provides private and business customers with high-quality internet connections, hosted services, multimedia services and data backup solutions. The corporate group operates its own highly-accessible infrastructure and four modern data centers. The company looks after the needs of a total of 100,000 customers. Further information is available at http://www.green.ch.