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Barclays selects HP to become first in Europe to roll out HP Dynamic Smart Cooling technology for new energy efficient data centre


Barclays and HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced that they have signed a letter of intent to introduce innovative technology that is expected to significantly reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions associated with Barclays new major data centre in Gloucester, U.K.

HP’s Dynamic Smart Cooling (DSC) solution contributes significantly to a package of energy saving measures which will allow Barclays to save up to 13.4% of total energy used for its data centre. These energy saving measures will significantly reduce its carbon footprint by approx 7470 tonnes of CO2 per year[1].

Power and cooling have become major issues in data centres. As a result of growing demand for technology, energy costs associated with data centres are rising rapidly; many centres are running close to the limit of their air conditioning systems and the power they can draw from the grid. With their increasing need for power, data centres are becoming large contributors to financial services companies’ carbon footprint.

HP’s Dynamic Smart Cooling actively manages the data centre air-conditioned environment to deliver the right amount of cooling where it is needed most. The energy provisioning system uses advanced control software fed by continuous, real-time air-temperature measurements from a network of sensors throughout the data centre. The system then continuously monitors and adjusts the air handlers to modulate cooling energy based on demand from the servers and storage.

The benefits to Barclays are clear; savings on energy consumption as the air conditioners are used more efficiently; faster response to changes in temperature and generally less strain on the chillers that cool the air around the data centre.

Marcus Agius, Chairman of Barclays Group, said: “Last November, as part of the CBI Climate Change Task Force, Barclays made a clear commitment to focus on further reducing the carbon impact of our buildings, technology and travel. This announcement is an important step towards delivering just that. Efficient energy management is at the heart of our technology infrastructure, and we are investing to use the best technology available. We are proud to be one of the first companies in Europe to implement HP’s Dynamic Smart Cooling technology.”

Francesco Serafini, HP Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, at HP commented: “HP has a close working partnership with Barclays, and our companies share a commitment to utilize technology to drive better business and environmental outcomes. The letter of intent provides for HP to deliver a complete solution that will allow Barclays to transform its data centre, enabling scalable technology capability with energy cost savings which should significantly reduce its carbon footprint.”

DSC is just one of several world-wide energy-efficiency initiatives between the two companies. Prior successful solutions include power optimized servers, BladeSystem and Thermal Logic technology adoption and virtualisation-based consolidation. These initiatives have already achieved a range from 18 percent energy savings per server to 40 percent energy savings per data centre for Barclays technology services around the globe.


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