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Italtel Deploys Green Center at University of Pisa


November 10, 2017

Italtel announced it designed and deployed a new green data center at one of Italy’s oldest universities, the University of Pisa. The data center was built with the assistance of West Systems and Webkorner within Parco Regionale Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuuccoli.

Milan-based Italtel is a telecommunications company that works on IT system integration, managed services, Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and all-IP solutions. Italtel built the green data center with best-of-breed technologies.

A fiberoptic ring has been linked to the University of Pisa to ensure maximum connectivity and reliability. Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) value requirement is 1.3 to certify a data center as ecologically safe. The data center scored a 1.17.

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“Because of their requirements for continuous power and air conditioning, data centers are traditionally associated with very high levels of energy consumption. By choosing to create a green data center, the University of Pisa has reduced its environmental impact while also optimizing the available space and cutting ongoing maintenance costs,” said Fiorenzo Piergiacomi, Head of Public Sector Account Unit at Italtel.

Due to data centers being large exhausters of energy, sustainability was core when the University of Pisa was choosing its new infrastructure. The ability to meet the PUE objectives was also an essential but the project faced a tight time crunch. It had just eight months to execute, from February to October of 2016. Considering parts of an existing infrastructure were used for the green advancements, this was a huge feat. Going green is also fiscally responsible; it reduces costs by lowering power usage and managing temperature gauges. 

Other companies are following Italtel in moving to green data centers, such as Facebook, Apple, Google, and Microsoft.

What have you done to go green? 




Edited by Maurice Nagle

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