Capgemini - UK

Capgemini - UK

Claim To Fame: 

Capgemini’s newest data center: Located in Swindon, UK, it is a state-of-the-art facility that breaks new ground in terms of data center design and construction principles.

Capgemini created a model which will enable future data centres to be more sustainable, operate with significantly more efficiency, be located more flexibly, and make high-end data management services accessible to a wider range of organisations and enterprises. It is a model which is more cost effective to implement than traditional data centres, minimises CapEx and reduces running costs, generating savings for the end client.

Organisation Type: 
IT Consultancy/Development
United Kingdom
Main benefits & Achieved Results : 

Among Merlin’s key sustainability achievements are:

-An expected PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) of 1.10
-Built to LEED standard – an independent and internationally recognized green building accreditation.
-A fresh air cooling system that delivers 80% savings in run costs and produces up to 50% less carbon emissions
-Power savings of 91% compared to an ‘industry average’ data center (with a PUE of 2.5)
-The elimination of batteries in the Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) thanks to the application of innovative flywheel technology.

With a factory tested PUE rating of 1.08 across all loads and ambient operating temperatures and humidity, Merlin will deliver the best PUE rating gained industry-wide and is testimony to its achievement in energy efficiency. All energy-efficiency targets were met without compromising N+1 resilience, in a facility designed to last for a minimum of 30 years.

The benefit to clients is clear: the massive cost savings, business efficiency and environmental benefits without any diminishing of space or technical services.

Presentation of the initiative: 

The Merlin project is a success on all fronts. In September 2010, Capgemini’s new data centre, Merlin, came online. This state-of-the-art, 3,000m2, Tier 3 facility will set a new global standard for energy efficiency, with an industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating. With significantly lower running costs than comparably sized data centres, Merlin still meets all of its original criteria:

- Sustainable
- Recyclable
- Energy Efficient
- Resilient
- Modular

Sustainability has been at the heart of the Merlin project – all the way from location selection, design and construction, through to the day-to-day operation of the site.

Commitments for the future & other relevant information: 

Capgemini’s strategy is to continue to roll out its solution globally, linking strategically paired sites with high bandwidth synchronous fibre, providing client business continuity failover. Merlin is already twinned with its Bristol Flagship List X data centre.

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