The datadock data center came into being by remodeling a former warehouse in the port area of Strasbourg. The planning phase had already begun in 2007; in 2009 the operator PlusServer GmbH started all necessary rebuilding measures and construction of infrastructure. The datadock was finished and put into operation in autumn 2010.

Among other things, its excellent connections – all important European IT and Telco lines run through Strasbourg – as well as its central European position recommend Strasbourg as the perfect construction site. The data center has an optimal location which guarantees fastest connections to all European regions, thus enabling PlusServer GmbH to provide all international customers with high quality services.

Right from the start much attention was paid to outstanding power efficiency when planning the data center, so that later on the environment could be protected and operating costs saved. Therefore, the fact that the building is situated in one of Europe's groundwater-richest areas also influenced the choice of location. Because this groundwater opened up the possibility to implement an innovative and eco-friendly well cooling system into the data center concept, which is also unique in its kind. That way, datadock's energy consumption could be kept so low in the end, that it can be called Europe's greenest data center.

At present there is no other data center in Europe with less power overhead. Normally more than 60% of the energy, which is needed for operating the IT (servers, storage etc.), has to be added for operating the data center infrastructure (especially the climate system). At datadock, however, the overhead only amounts to 18%, which means that by comparison 66% overhead can be saved.

This equates to more than 25 million kWh power savings per year at full load; which in turn means more than 24 million kg less CO2 emission, which is the CO2 consumption of over 119,000 trees in one year.

Further details about „Europe's greenest data center” can be found at Environment.

Photos: René Lamb