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April 27, 2009

National Trust goes virtual to cut data centre power

Managed services from carbon-neutral data centre

By CBR Staff Writer

National Trust should be able to slice its data centre energy consumption by 70% after signing a hosting contract for managed virtualised infrastructure services and disaster recovery.

The organisation has signed a deal with eLINIA, a former unit of BT, to migrate physical elements of its existing infrastructure onto a virtual platform run on HP blades in a carbon neutral data centre.

eLINIA’s carbon-neutral hosting service is based out of the Equinix data centre facility in Slough, UK which is powered by Slough Heat and Power Energy. The company generates hot water and electricity by burning wood chips and fibre cubes made from recycled paper and cardboard.

Steve Heath of the National Trust said, “Protecting the environment is at the heart of what the National Trust does, and we strongly believe that having a green IT strategy in place is key to achieving this goal.”

In a cost-cutting move, eLINIA will also run a virtualised recovery platform for National Trust business applications such as its Oracle-based HR programmes.

The managed service provider has previously helped the National Trust with the development of applications infrastructure management services for its commercial online photo library.

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