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VIDEO: ABB Ability Data Center Automation for Alticom in Netherlands

Remotely monitoring and controlling the cooling and energy use of micro data centers installed in telecommunications towers across the country

Data centers and the digital revolution

Almost all aspects of our lives are becoming digitalized, from hospitals to financial institutions to transport. Billions of devices and machines are getting connected to the internet, sending and receiving so much data that global traffic is now measured in zettabytes (that is 1 trillion gigabytes). Trying to get your head around the amount of data that is produced by modern society can be mind-boggling and the consequences of losing that data (or access to it) are potentially devastating. And at the heart of it all…are data centers.

ABB is helping data center operators to ensure that our data is stored reliably, efficiently and at the minimum cost to the environment.

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Main facts

Industry    Data Centers
Customer   Alticom
Country   Netherlands
Solutions   ABB Ability Data Center Automation (DCIM)

Digitizing the operation of data centers

In the Netherlands, Alticom has installed micro data centers in telecommunications towers across the country, using space made available as telco technology switched from analogue to digital, shrinking drastically. The thick walls, cool air at altitude and relative ease of securing the sites make these iconic towers (one of which is the country’s tallest building) ideal for safeguarding data. ABB Ability Data Center Automation allows Alticom to remotely monitor and control the cooling and energy use of all 24 of its towers, making it one of the major elements helping Alticom to run the centers more efficiently.

Following a recent partnership with IT giant Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), we can expect even more technological breakthroughs in the coming years. The two companies are developing an intelligent solution that promises to optimally balance data center workloads and power resources, and cut costs.

ABB Ability Data Center Automation overview

  • System availability and performance
  • Capacity planning and management
  • Resource forecasting and energy planning
  • Facility & IT automation
  • Troubleshooting and root cause analysis

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