IIJ Ready to Bring Next-Generation Eco-Data Center
By Jai C.S., TMCnet Contributor
) is a technology company serving the industry as the manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products, spanning information and communications equipment and systems, Internet-based solutions and services, electronic components and materials, power systems, industrial and social infrastructure systems, and household appliances. NLM ECAL Co., Ltd. is involved in the manufacture and sales of housings for cellular and mobile telecommunications base stations. Kawamura Electric Inc. is a company focusing in electric distribution, control and network. Nohmi Bosai serves the fire protection industry by designing and developing fire protection systems.
As per the terms of IIJ’s agreement, the companies will team to build a modular data center with a cooling system that is said to directly use outside air, and operate it for one year starting in February 2010, with the aim of commercialization. This, according to IIJ official, will be the first data center in Japan with a container unit cooled all year round by outside air. Reportedly, NLM ECAL will develop a container shell, with Toshiba supplying the outside-air cooling equipment, Nohmi Bosai providing the fire-prevention equipment, and Kawamura Electric providing the racks and power equipment.
IIJ officials also mentioned that the company has been considering the use of a chilled-water-cooled container unit, but with the trend in the U.S. away from water-cooled systems and towards the more energy-efficient outside-air-cooled systems, they realized that they could not focus solely on one single method geared towards environmental measures and improved power efficiency. They decided to conduct the test to find the most appropriate method for the installation environment.
The outside-air-cooled container unit developed for this test is said to have high benefits including: lower facility costs; shorter installation period; increased efficiency through high-density server mounting; and maximizing power efficiency – or achieving a power usage effectiveness of less than 1.2. PUE is one of the indices used to indicate the energy efficiency of a data center and today’s average data center is said to have a PUE of about 2.
Alternatively, IIJ officials also stated that while conducting this test, IIJ will examine the potential for commercialization. The company eventually will begin constructing a commercial system in April 2010 with the goal of putting a data center with 4,000 servers into operation by March 2011. IIJ is considering the eco-data center park concept, which would also enable other service providers, such as SI partners and data center operators, to use the facilities.
Founded in 1992, Internet Initiative Japan (News
) Inc.’s services include high-quality systems integration and security services, Internet access, hosting/housing, and content design. Moreover, the company has built one of the largest Internet backbone networks in Japan, and between Japan and the U.S. The IIJ Group is said to continue to promote green IT and concentrate in the development of advanced data centers that have the lower costs and higher energy efficiency that are most appropriate for the cloud environment.
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