Arvato Systems is constantly striving to optimize the energy supply processes of its own data centers and ensure energy-efficient operation.
With a power usage effectiveness of 1.4, the Arvato Systems data centers in Gütersloh were awarded the "green star" by the eco association due to their low CO2 emissions and reduced power consumption. And we rely on green electricity: For the Gütersloh data centers, Arvato Systems exclusively purchases green waterpower electricity from the local public utility company.
In addition, an absorption chiller has been in use for our data centers in Gütersloh since 2017. It is able to generate cooling from thermal energy and thus supply the servers with cooling air in a much more energy-efficient manner. The heat used for the conversion is generated in a CHP plant operated by a sister company. Heat that would otherwise be lost unused is thus used for server cooling in the summer months.
We are also continuously optimizing the infrastructure of our data centers in order to further improve energy efficiency. We have achieved this with a wide range of measures, for example by
- Modernization of equipment
- Implementation of lighting controls
- Improving cold air distribution
- Raising temperatures in the data centers
- Using UPS systems (UPS: "uninterruptible power supply") with higher efficiency.
With the evolution to a Software Defined Data Center and the accompanying increase in cloud offerings, further steps are being taken toward greener IT.