The project highlighted that important energy-efficiency gains are possible for datacentres, especially where it concerns datacentres in the public sector. In Europe, public sector datacentres are small and relatively old with low server utilisation. This leaves much room for improvement in the field of energy-efficiency.
EURECA developed a Data Centre Maturity Model (DCMM) to assess the technical age of datacentres, and to make informed decisions on the approach towards modernising them, by choosing between different options: procurement of new datacentres, outsourcing, better management of existing installations, seeking support and training towards public procurement of innovation.
The DCA have been handling the dissemination of the project, its research and conclusions.
EURECA articles were published in the DCA Journal: nine articles (circulation 30,000), and DCA Expert Panel in DCM Magazine: 2 articles (circulation 80,000).
EURECA organised 14 workshops which were used for communication and dissemination purposes. The total number of attendants to workshops was approximately 850, the EU Commission indicates that this is an impressive number for the project as the anticipation was for around 500 attendants. The workshops not only attracted participants from within the EU, but also from countries such as Algeria, Burkina Faso, Congo, Gabon, Iran, Switzerland, and the UAE.
The consortium gave presentations on EURECA at 10 other events, with a total audience of 196 persons, and a promotion stand allowing face-to-face contact with stakeholders at 30 networking and dissemination events. The project has been very active in the social media, through the project website, and a dedicated twitter and LinkedIn account.
Steve Hone, CEO The DCA, said “Member support and strong collaboration with Strategic/Academic Partners were very much key to the success of this project with all energy saving targets and KPIs being met.The DCA would like to thank to Mark Acton from CBRE, John Booth from Carbon3IT, Dr Frank Verhaegen from Certios, Mark Andre Wolf from Maki Consulting, Dr Jon Summers, Zaak Vlasveld, Esther Van-Bergen and Julie Chenadec from Green IT Amsterdam, with special thanks to Professor Rabih Bashroush and his team at the University of East London as project coordinators.
This was a great team effort and a clear demonstration of the value a trade association such as The DCA can bring, it demonstrates the benefits of working together, sharing knowledge and promoting best practice.”