The European Environment Agency chooses DigiPlex co-location solution in Copenhagen
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Entry Description
DigiPlex, the Nordic leader of innovative, sustainable and secure data centres has reached an agreement with the European Environment Agency to host the organisation’s server park.

Located in the heart of Copenhagen, the European Environment Agency (EEA) has reviewed its data storage strategy, and it became obvious that the existing server room framework had to be upgraded to significantly improve the protection against fire and water damage and that the ventilation and cooling system also needed an upgrade to modern standards.

Data center or cloud?
Various cloud and co-location solutions were assessed based on a number of operational and financial parameters. Eventually, a co-location solution with DigiPlex in Copenhagen was chosen. The European Environment Agency has many small applications handling the same workload throughout the year. It turned out to be uneconomic to transfer the applications to AWS or Azure and, moreover, they were not designed to benefit from such a transfer. An alternative solution to an expensive overhaul of the facilities was to rent space and obtain server room expertise from a data center. The possibility to grow and to team up with a supplier with a green and sustainable profile were key priorities.

“A key consideration in the decision-making process was for me to know the precise location of our data, and with the co-location solution from DigiPlex we have reached that goal – and our data is now located in a green data centre close to our offices. The solution has proved to be a financial benefit as it has saved us the cost of an overhaul and of ensuring protection against fire, burglary or sabotage and upgrading of the electricity, cooling and ventilation system in our existing server room. On top of that, office space has been made available, enabling us to terminate expensive office leases elsewhere and move staff to the headquarters,” says Søren Roug, Head of IT and Information Systems, EEA.

A sustainable solution
The chosen co-location solution is in keeping with the European Environment Agency’s aim of supporting the environment and sustainable IT solutions. A co-location solution offers a host of advantages: you share the physical framework with others in a flexible and scalable manner while at the same time taking advantage of economies of scale in connection with the purchase of green electricity, etc.
“We are extremely pleased that the European Environment Agency (EEA) has chosen a co-location solution from DigiPlex in Copenhagen. We share the same vision of protecting the environment, and DigiPlex only builds and operates entirely green data centres, where we utilize innovative and sustainable solutions to be able to constantly meet the growing demand for data storage. It is obvious that an increasing number of social-minded businesses consider green IT and data centre solutions where DigiPlex is an obvious partner,” says Fredrik Jansson, CCO, DigiPlex.