Hewlett Packard carbon-friendly centre for Kenya

September 8, 2010 • Top Stories

HEWLETT Packard (HP) has constructed a newly designed data center in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi with aim of decreasing carbon emission.

The HP Managing Director for East Africa Ken Mbwaya said those who will benefit are financial service providers and government entities who will find the scalable and modular nature of HP Flexible DC a compelling option.

Speaking in Nairobi, Mbwaya said that HP Flexible DC is based on a butterfly design featuring four prefabricated quadrants, or modules, that stem off a central administrative section.

Mbwaya said that the patent-pending HP Flexible Data Center offers a standardised, modular approach to designing and building data centres that allows clients to replace traditional data centre designs with a flexible solution that can be expanded as needed while conserving scarce resources.

He said the newly designed HP data center is air-cooled rather than water-cooled, which saves the users power and potentially millions of gallons of water annually.

“HP will collaborate with clients to evaluate their needs and help with the planning and implementation of all aspects of their data centre infrastructures,” Mbwaya said.

He said the pressure to save on capital and operating expenditure is one of the most critical issues facing enterprises today. When building new data centres clients need to consider options that support business growth, while also saving time and costs.

“Financial institutions create an enormous volume of data, which means they need to be able to quickly add capacity to their data center without disrupting business. HP Flexible DC is a promising new approach to the way organisations can meet computing demands efficiently while addressing capital-intensive data centre costs,” Mbwaya added.

BRIAN ADERO in Nairobi, Kenya

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