The University of Pisa's Green Data Center was created in an area owned by the University in the Regional Park of Migliarino, San Rossore, Massaciuccoli, about 8 km from the center of Pisa.
The area is supplied by a fiber optic ring, which is also owned by the University and guarantees high levels of connectivity and reliability.
For its new IT function, the building that houses the Green Data Center was altered to provide an area of approximately 250 square meters for the main server room.
The Green Data Center was designed in line with specific sustainability criteria, which pertain to the containment of operating costs.
RTI installed the Green Data Center in order to, through the use of cooling techniques, reduce energy consumption
A more powerful technological infrastructure, economic savings, spatial optimization, and reduction of environmental impact are the main benefits for the University of Pisa resulting from the launch of the new Green Data Center created with Italtel. The installation was performed with a best-of-breed selection of technologies (rack, air conditioning, uninterruptible power supplies...).
These ensure its high quality and efficiency and set up the solution to improve the average annual pPUE (partial Power Usage Effectiveness) of the ICT room. pPUE is the objective parameter that indicates how green the Data Center is (the lower it is, the greener the DC is), and was, in this case, scored at 1.17, which is far better than the 1.3 required in the specifications.
Italtel has proven its ability to intervene quickly and meet the deadlines. This project’ implementation times were particularly short (February 2016 to October 2016), especially considering the property’s special location in an area with significant landscape constraints. These conditions required on the existing building to make the site.
In an area of only 250 square meters, the new Telco and IT space houses the technological infrastructure required to support teaching and research related activities at various University facilities.
With special attention given to the conversation of space and consumption, the area was fitted with modular islands with rack cabinets.
RTI prepared the site to host the Green Data Center by designing, selecting technologies, and also cooperating during the construction work.
With its long-established expertise in Data Center solutions, Italtel helped make the site suitable, by providing it with technological equipment:
Structural: a Raised technical floor with self-supporting panels, false ceilings, ducts, wiring, and piping.
Cooling and Power Supply: air conditioning and water cooling units. Additionally, electrical units (supply, distribution boards, UPS, i.e. Uninterruptible Power Supply) that were sized according to their loads in order to optimize efficiency, were connected to the monitoring and management system, with which they exchange information, and can be remotely controlled, through the network
Sensors: sensors for electrical parameters and temperature, as well as flood and smoke detection systems. These are connected to the network and communicate in real time with the monitoring and management system,
a platform for real-time infrastructure optimization to ensure continuity in the delivery of services.
Italtel also performs management and maintenance activities through highly specialized technical personnel.
The Green Data Center was designed to allow further expansions at sustainable costs. In the future, the ICT Room (Telco and IT area) may be expanded with additional modular islands, which are complete and assembled like the ones already existing. Additional potential may emerge from the ability to provide resources for other institutions or authorities, making this infrastructure unique in the territory.
For Italtel, the University of Pisa’s Green Data Center project was a valuable opportunity to consolidate and intensify its relations with the academic world. In fact, relations and partnerships with Universities and Research Centers – as well as with startups and spin-offs – are increasingly important to Italtel in order to support its ability to drive research and innovation and, consequently, its ability to progress as an enterprise in a rapidly evolving field, such as ICT.