London, United Kingdom – (The Hosting News) – May 22, 2008 – Rackspace Managed Hosting, has begun installing equipment in its new green data center, designed to be powered by renewable energy sources, drawing power from a local combined heat and power plant.
Using wood chips, waste paper and fibre fuel to generate electricity, hot water and steam, the data center is located in in Slough, Berkshire.
Power for the data centre comes from the UK’s largest dedicated bio-mass energy plant, which is operated by Scottish and Southern Energy. Rackspace has converted a former warehouse on the Slough Trading Estate, to provide 55,000 square feet of net technical space. Construction has been completed and equipment is being installed in the first data hall. The first customers are scheduled to go live in June. The date centre layout has been built to Rackspace specifications, which were designed to better manage customer needs.
Doug Loewe, Managing Director of Rackspace explained, ”This is a fantastic project which will harness bio-mass fuels to power the data centre. Rackspace is committed to being energy efficient and making a real and positive difference to the environment. We also recognize that customers are increasingly looking for suppliers who can help them meet their own environment related goals. By investing in this facility we continue to strive to exceed the environmental expectations of our customers while delivering their hosting needs.”
Rackspace was one of the UK’s first hosting companies to offer carbon neutral hosting in 2006 by planting trees through its relationship with the International Tree Foundation, the world’s longest standing tree planting charity. The company has already planted more than 2,500 trees to offset the carbon emitted through running servers.
Rackspace delivers a diverse suite of enterprise-class hosted IT services to businesses of all sizes. Customers choose Rackspace for its hosting specialization and expertise, backed by the company’s award-winning Fanatical Support. By integrating the industry’s best technologies and delivering them as services, Rackspace serves as an extension of its customers’ IT departments. Because Rackspace removes the burden of infrastructure maintenance and management, customers can focus on their core business. Rackspace’s portfolio of companies also includes the Mosso (www.mosso.com) cloud computing platform and Mailtrust (www.mailtrust.com) a provider of business-class hosted email solutions.
For more information about Rackspace Managed Hosting, please visit: www.rackspace.com.