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Switch Datacenters, CoolIT Systems Partnership Targets Data Center Energy Consumption, Sustainability

October 12, 2023 by Joe Panettieri

Switch Datacenters and CoolIT Systems are partnering to "significantly curtail energy and water consumption inherent in modern data centers," the two companies said.

Peggy Burroughs CoolIT Systems
Peggy Burroughs, director of CoolIT Next

Switch Datacenters, founded in 2010, is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The company is not to be confused with the similarly named Switch of Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

CoolIT Systems, based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, provides liquid cooling solutions for data centers, high-performance computing (HPC) environments, cloud service providers and even the desktop market. Global investment firm KKR acquired CoolIT Systems in May 2023.

CoolIT and Switch Datacenters Partnership: Liquid Cooling Can Reduce Energy Bills

The CoolIT-Switch Datacenters partnership should provide clear ROI, according to Peggy Burroughs, director of CoolIT Next. For intance, CoolIT's DLC and RDHx technologies have been "instrumental in various data center heat reuse projects for years, with customers reporting at minimum a savings of 10% on energy bills (OPEX), more than 50% on CAPEX spends, and examples of PUE lowered from 1.30 to 1.02," Burroughs said in a prepared statement.

Gregor Snip, CEO, Switch Data Centers
Gregor Snip, CEO, Switch Data Centers

In a prepared statement about the CoolIT Systems partnership, Switch Datacenters CEO Gregor Snip said: "CoolIT is the right company to help make our vision a reality at an industrial scale. Both CoolIT and Switch Datacenters have shared the same passion for sustainable innovation for years and truly want to elevate the industry's adoption of liquid cooling. We believe liquid cooling will be the game-changer in the next wave of sustainable data center designs, and CoolIT is one of the very few companies that can lead this upcoming demand, thanks to their long history of innovation, reliability, breadth of portfolio, and capabilities to scale with their numerous IT partners worldwide."

Green IT and Sustainable Data Centers: Milestones and Trends

Meanwhile, dozens of hardware, software, cloud and sustainability companies are striving to reduce data center carbon footprints. Example efforts and milestones include:

Sustainable Data Centers: Funding and Build-Outs

Multiple companies are investing in sustainable data centers. Among the milestones to note:

Additional Green Data Center Milestones

Additional worldwide developments include:

RelatedTrack all green data center news here.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Switch Data Centers as a U.S.-based company. We corrected the company location and background on February 2, 2024.

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