UK Colocation Firm Sentry42 to Open New Green Data Center Next Week

May 9, 2011

UK colocation firm Sentry42 ( announced on Friday that its new UK data center will open next week with numerous energy efficient technologies for heating, cooling and lighting.

According to the press release, Sentry42’s 60,000 square foot colocation facility in Norwich, Norfolk is set to open next week, and in anticipation of the launch, its managing director Alex Rabbetts discussed the data center’s low energy technology at the Data Centre Europe 2011 conference in Nice, France on Friday. Rabbetts presented on new colocation business models” at the conference.

“I have always advocated greener data center technology and Sentry42 is delighted to launch this new state-of-the-art facility which is competitive in terms of its carbon footprint and its power costs for customers,” Rabbetts said in a statement.

The new data center includes free cooling for 95 percent of the year and a system that reuses excess heat generated by the equipment to heat the on-site offices.

Sentry42 says its new facility uses LED lighting that is controlled by Passive Infra-Red motion detectors. It also offers 5.4MW diverse power, N+1 power redundancy.

“The combined impact of these technologies will cut power consumption by just over 60 percent and full pay back on our initial investment will be achieved in 2 years,” Rabbetts stated. “This is a turning point for the data center industry, there is now an excellent business case for greener data center technology which stacks up alongside the corporate social responsibility benefits it provides.”

According to the statement, data centers use approximately 50 times as much energy as standard facilities to power and cool the equipment housed inside.

Sentry42 is a member of The Green Grid, and the company says its new facility complies with the EU Code of Conduct for Data Center Energy Efficiency.

Sentry42 is the colocation arm of data center consultancy firm Migration Solutions (