Verne Global helps the BMW Group to cut carbon emissions by 3,570 metric tons
per year with switch to Icelandic data centre
KEFLAVIK, Iceland, Oct. 10, 2012
- Automotive moves high performance computing applications to Iceland to
benefit from 100% renewable, affordable data centre power
KEFLAVIK, Iceland, Oct. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Verne Global, an innovative,
UK-based developer of power conscious data centre campuses, today announced
that BMW Group, one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and
motorcycles in the world, is moving some of its high performance computing
(HPC) applications to Verne Global's 100 percent, dual sourced renewable
powered data centre campus in Iceland. The deal will see BMW move a number of
power-hungry applications to the Verne Global facility, including crash
simulations, aerodynamic calculations and computer aided design and
engineering (CAD/CAE), all of which are critical to the development of BMW's
next generation of energy efficient vehicles.
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HPC is traditionally associated with high power consumption and carbon
emissions, due to the need to both power and cool the high density servers
required to run these applications. By moving ten of its HPC clusters
(consuming 6.31 GW-h annually) from its German facilities to Iceland's zero
emission data centre, BMW will reduce annual carbon emissions by 3,570 metric
tons; the equivalent of the carbon produced by burning 1.46 million litres of
petrol*. The move will also enable BMW to reduce the cost of powering its
HPC applications by as much as 82 percent.
Verne Global enables BMW to substantially lower the cost, and improve the
reliability of its HPC operations while strengthening the company's commitment
to environmental initiatives. Taking advantage of Verne Global's
state-of-the-art and highly scalable campus together with its
predictably-priced power, the external hosting of BMW's HPC infrastructure is
affordable, reliable and sustainable.
"Companies are facing a mounting challenge to keep both their data centre
power costs and carbon emissions in check," said Jeff Monroe, CEO of Verne
Global. "Particularly those involving power intensive computing such as HPC.
By moving its applications to Verne Global, BMW is showing there are
alternatives available today that address the unpredictable and fluctuating
power prices found throughout the world and simultaneously reduce their carbon
footprint in a very meaningful way."
About Verne Global Verne Global is developing the data centre industry's first
carbon neutral data centre campus. Verne's mission is to develop data centres
in optimised geographic areas that offer companies the best total cost of
ownership and 100% renewable power without a price premium. Currently in the
first stage of development, Verne Global is constructing a 44 acre campus on
the former NATO Command Centre in Keflavik, Iceland. With Iceland's
favourable natural attributes and renewable energy resources, Verne Global can
save customers as much as $100 million in ten years on energy costs alone. For
more information, please visit http://verneglobal.com .
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