Intelligent Data Centres Issue 01 | Page 6

NEWS AT&T closes sale of data centre colocation operations and assets T&T Inc announced that it has completed the sale of its data centre colocation operations and assets to Brookfield Infrastructure and its institutional partners (‘Brookfield’). The company previously announced a strategic alliance with Brookfield that included the transfer of these operations and assets. A Under Brookfield’s ownership, the business will continue to deliver colocation services to global customers. The colocation data centre operations serve a diversified customer base of more than 1,000 companies across the technology, financial, industrial, media retail and other sectors worldwide. Brookfield has established a wholly owned company, Evoque Data Center Solutions (‘Evoque’), to own and operate the assets. Customer contracts, employees supporting the colocation operations, fixed assets, leases and specified owned facilities have been transferred to Brookfield. Evoque joins AT&T’s global colocation ecosystem programme where AT&T will offer Evoque’s colocation services to business customers. The ecosystem programme offers business customers access to 350+ data centres around the world. Under the terms of the deal, AT&T has received US$1.1 billion, which will support the company’s goal of reducing its net- debt-to-EBITDA-ratio to the 2.5x range by the end of 2019. Atos opens its data centre in Clayes-sous-bois. From left: Jean-marie Simon, Head of Atos en France; Jean-Michel Fourgous, President of the Saint-Quentin,-en-Yvelines urban community; Pierre Bédier, Président of the Yvelines County Council and Véronique Coté-Millard, Mayor of Clayes-sous-Bois Atos unveils modern and energy-efficient data centre in Yvelines tos, a global leader in Digital Transformation, together with the Yvelines departmental Council, has officially inaugurated its new energy-efficient global data centre in Les Clayes- sous-Bois, in Yvelines. A This modern optimised data centre will house the most recent servers and technologies to guarantee Atos’ clients – who wish to locate their data and applications on French territory and in compliance with European regulations – optimal performance, storage capacity, security, scalability and cost-efficiency. An eco-efficient data centre The new data centre is energy- efficient with a PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) of 1.2, a lot less than 6 Issue 01 the global industry average of 2.0 and 30% more energy-efficient than the previous data centre (1.7 PUE). This is partly due to its hyper-efficient cooling system, which minimises water and power consumption. It is certified in accordance with the recognised ISO 14001 standard, which requires companies to implement comprehensive energy management systems to continually improve the eco-balance. The new building’s infrastructure (which regulates the power, the temperature etc) uses only 20% of the energy which is used by the servers. The new data centre, which started construction in 2017, is situated on Atos’ existing R&D site and is the first two in the series of eight modules planned to be built from 2017 to 2020.