Interxion joins Government-backed Data Center Carbon Footprint reduction project working with Alquist

October 10, 2013 by  

Web Hosting ServicesLONDON – INTERXION HOLDING NV , a leading European provider of carrier and-cloud-neutral colocation data centre services, has joined a Government backed scheme to help UK DC operators reduce their Carbon Footprint. Interxion will join Alquist’s data centre temperature monitoring pilot, supported by almost £1m of government funding. Interxion, will also work with Schneider Electric and a major services company. Interxion hopes that through the pilot scheme it will be able to achieve significant CO2 reductions through installing Alquist’s Celsius temperature monitoring system at its City of London data centre.

Celsius uses advanced laser technology and fibre-optics to create high definition temperature maps of data centre server racks and power transmission equipment. New real-time information will enable data centre staff to improve cooling efficiency. Through better energy usage, mid-size data centres can target a 10-30% reduction in electricity bills, and reduce carbon emissions by up to 2,000 tonnes per annum. The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change awarded Alquist a contract in Spring 2013, administered by the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board, to refine and retrofit the technology in two large data centres.

Interxion has a longstanding emphasis on responsible resource management and constantly innovates to optimise energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and cut waste. Currently over 50% of Interxion’s power comes from renewable sources and the company was recently awarded Green IT’s prize for IT operator of the year.

Alquist’s innovative temperature monitoring technology targets a high-growth market where the UK, with over £3bn invested in 2011, is the world’s third largest player. Data centres are forecast to consume 6% of UK electricity by 2020, and UK suppliers lead globally in developing Green Data Centre solutions.

Alquist chairman Toby Burton said, “We are excited that Interxion, a well-respected pioneer in the data centre industry, has chosen to take part in this path-breaking pilot programme and deploy Celsius at its leading edge London facility. This technology brings huge potential for CO2 reduction across the industry, and Interxion will be a great partner in demonstrating and publicizing its benefits.”

Interxion’s Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Dean said, “Being at the forefront of energy efficiency has always been a desire of Interxion and this pilot further reinforces this. . We look forward to being involved within the project and working with Alquist and the Government to drive efficiencies across the data centre industry.”

Schneider-Electric Director of Business Development Andy Roberts said, “Our customers want to optimise energy usage, and use available power for powering IT equipment rather than for cooling. Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare management suite, together with Celsius’ powerful monitoring capability, can help them achieve this.”

About Interxion
Interxion (NYSE: INXN) is a leading provider of cloud and carrier-neutral colocation data centre services in Europe, serving a wide range of customers through 34 data centres in 11 European countries. Interxion’s uniformly designed, energy-efficient data centres offer customers extensive security and uptime for their mission-critical applications. With connectivity provided by over 450 carriers and ISPs and 18 European Internet exchanges across its footprint, Interxion has created content and connectivity hubs that foster growing customer communities of interest. For more information, please visit

About Alquist
Alquist, a Cambridge-based start up, has pioneered development of the Celsius temperature monitoring system for data centres. Specially adapted lasers convert fibre-optic cables into high precision temperature sensors, detecting minute real time changes every metre along their length. Data centre managers use the resulting high definition heat maps to adjust cooling systems and optimise operating temperatures within agreed safe limits. Alquist’s Celsius product suite has received major industry awards from Data Centre Dynamics; the Chartered Institute for IT, and Comms Expo. Celsius technology is already used in the oil & gas and power transmission sectors worldwide.

About Schneider-Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructures, Industries & Machine Manufacturers, Non-residential Buildings, Data Centres & Networks and in Residential.

Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group’s 130,000 plus employees achieved sales of 22.4 billion euros in 2011, through an active commitment to help individuals and organisations make the most of their energy.

About the Technology Strategy Board
The Technology Strategy Board is the UK’s innovation agency. Its goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. Sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Technology Strategy Board brings together business, research and the public sector, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy. For more information please visit

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