Rende, Italy and London, UK – November 25th, 2014 - Eco4Cloud (www.eco4cloud.com) –global leader in virtualization maximization and datacenter optimization– today proudly announces its involvement in the Advisory Board of RenewIT, a European Commission research project focused on renewable energy and energy efficiency in the Data Centres. The Advisory Board includes experts from the commercial data centre industry as well as leading scientific researchers, including Schneider Electric, the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the University of Leeds.
RenewIT will contribute to new and established metrics, data centre management, and the wider policy implications of renewables in data centres. Along with the other members of the Advisory Board, Eco4Cloud will provide feedback on technical developments and will also act as ambassador for the project, playing a critical role in ensuring that RenewIT retains an outward-looking approach that meets the needs of industry and research, vendors and end-users –such as data centre operators– while continuing to advance the state-of-the-art.
“The appointment to the Advisory Board of the RenewIT Project is both a honor and a responsibility, as well as a testament of Eco4Cloud’s thought leadership in the area of Data Centre optimization. Scientific innovation applied to compelling industry needs is foundational for both Eco4Cloud and RenewIT, and I trust this strategic collaboration will drive great benefits for the entire data centre ecosystem in Europe and globally,” said Roberto Mircoli, CEO of Eco4Cloud.
“Although only just established, the RenewIT Advisory Board is already delivering value by creating close links with industry and research institutions. Many board members either own or operate data centres, or deliver data centre software, technology and services. We want to ensure the project results in innovative research but is also of real value to the data centre industry,” said Dr. Jaume Salom of IREC and RenewIT project co-ordinator.
Eco4Cloud, a spin-off from Italy’s National Research Council (CNR) and University of Calabria, has developed and productized an innovative and very effective software solution to optimize the consolidation of virtual machines and cut 20-50% the energy bill of highly virtualized/large scale data centers. It builds upon a self‑adaptive, probabilistic algorithm developed by a research group headed by Carlo Mastroianni –co-founder and scientific director of Eco4Cloud– at the Institute for High‑Performance Computing and Networking at Italy’s National Research Council (ICAR-CNR). Eco4Cloud’s solutions have been proven in several deployments such as Telecom Italia’s, and validated by industry leaders such as VMware, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard and IBM. The value proposition is crucially relevant for both business and technical audiences, and goes far beyond energy saving alone, spanning SLA management, resources insight, capacity management, orchestration optimization and risk monitoring/mitigation.
Led by a world-class Team, Eco4Cloud is privately held and backed by initial funding from DPixel (seed capital) and Principia II (venture capital).
For more information, please visit www.eco4cloud.com
RenewIT, which began on 1st October 2013, is made up of both commercial and scientific organisations and focuses on five main outcomes:
- An online planning tool to understand the economic, energy and sustainability impact of building a facility that uses on-site or renewable energy from the grid
- Workload management and scheduling to chase cheaper or greener power
- Development and quantification of advanced concepts for renewable energy sources and the efficient use of energy to power datacentres
- Validation of tools and concepts with real data centres
- Development of new metrics and contribution to standards.
The project is led by not-for-profit energy research centre Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC). The other members are 451 Research, Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), Loccioni Group of Italy, Aiguasol energy consulting and modelling specialists, Amsterdam-based data centre design specialist Deerns, and Technical University of Chemnitz Professorship in Technical Thermodynamics. The organisations bring a range of expertise to the project including green IT (IREC), renewable energy systems (AIGUASOL) and energy storage (Technical University of Chemnitz), data centre monitoring (Loccioni), workload and application energy management (BSC) and energy efficient data centre design (Deerns).
RenewIT is one of six research projects funded by the EU under its Framework Programme 7 (FP7) initiative.
Press release: http://www.renewit-project.eu/launch-of-ab/
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