John Booth

Managing Director, Carbon3IT
I’m very pleased to be involved with EURECA project as the subject of sustainable and green data centres is very close to my heart. For many years I have been increasingly concerned with the ever increasing requirement for power that the information age requires and we built our business on explaining to organisations that they were wasting energy and overcooling server rooms as well as consulting on green IT issues from device to disposal.

The EURECA project will deliver a tool that public sector IT managers can use to benchmark their current actions see what the current standards and latest concepts are and how to implement easy solutions to make a real difference. I have been lucky enough to see some state-of-the-art public sector data centres such as the University of St Andrews that have adopted the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres and been awarded a GOLD CEEDA and how the management used the project to promote wider sustainability concepts to the rest of the university and beyond. At the other end of the scale there remains much work to be done in data centres/server rooms across the public sector to capitalise on the fast moving and sometimes daunting array of technologies and methodologies on offer.

For example I recently visited a school server room that still deployed traditional techniques in server cooling. The resulting savings made were equivalent to a new school classroom! In addition to working with other consortium members to develop tools and processes that will benefit both the public sector organisations that build their own facilities to the wholesale data centres that provide colocation and hosting services to the public sector. I will be concentrating on producing road maps and guidelines for self-improvement specifically based on the industry recognised best practices

I hope the project will deliver some much needed practical help to make a real difference to public sector organisations in saving energy and cost but perhaps even more importantly reducing their environmental impact.