Two data center operators that joined forces in April are also partnering on a sustainability mission. LightEdge acquired NFINIT in April, and both companies announced news this week about how they’re getting creative in reducing their carbon footprints.
NFINIT, a LightEdge company, is helping customers reduce the pain of steep energy price increases, while also boosting energy efficiency and infrastructure reliability through $8 million in upgrades across its two San Diego data centers.
The NFINIT team is updating cloud infrastructure (both hardware and software), replacing an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), which is a battery that maintains operations in the event of a power outage, and adding new chillers. The new equipment NFINIT is investing in is among the most sustainable on the market. Following the upgrades, the data center will operate at a 20% better power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.25.
“This major investment in our infrastructure translates to significant customer benefits in three areas: sustainability, reliability and cost stabilization,” said Gabriel Faulkner, VP of Critical Infrastructure at NFINIT. “Reliability is part of our DNA, and investing in our UPS equipment is critical to keeping clients’ data safe. Also, by increasing NFINIT’s power effectiveness by 20%, we’re keeping pace with data growth trends in a more sustainable way, while also helping to mitigate rising power costs for our clients. With the backing of our new partnership with LightEdge, a strong promoter of ESG initiatives, our flagship data center on Lightwave Avenue is on track to becoming the most sustainable data center in the San Diego area.”
LightEdge acquired NFINIT in April. Together, the companies have future investments planned to further increase NFINIT’s energy efficiency. Committed to sustainability, LightEdge recently partnered with Synetic to divert 6,800 pounds of e-waste from the landfill and support the Circular Computing™ reforestation program.
“By partnering with Synetic and Circular Computing for sustainable computer disposal, we worked together with our clients to make an impact this Earth Day,” said LightEdge CEO Jim Masterson. “At LightEdge, we’re continually evaluating ways we can reduce our carbon footprint and support our clients in their sustainability and environmental goals. The need to dispose of outdated IT equipment is the perfect opportunity to take one more step toward our ESG goals, and we would like to thank every one of our clients who participated in this memorable event.”
This initiative had the following environmental impact:
- Diverted 6,800 pounds of e-waste from the landfill
- Reduced nearly 10,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions
- Diverted about 200 pounds of toxic metals from the landfill
- Saved more than 274,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity