MoD sets sights on data centre emissions

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has commissioned a new state-of-the-art data centre in Wiltshire as part of an energy efficiency programme which will save 14,000 tonnes of C02 over the next ten years.

The project, designed and implemented by Ark Data Centres, is expected to generate ‘significant savings to the public purse’.

Ark chief information officer Steve Webb said: “We surveyed the existing MOD data centre and designed an environment that is far smaller, more flexible and accommodates all of the department’s needs, future-proofed with room to grow,”

“This includes a link to the MOD’s Information Systems and Services (ISS) headquarters building at Corsham, Wiltshire – which happens to be next door to our site – so that ISS can conveniently work with the new data centre.

“This is a great example of how the MOD can benefit from secure sharing in a very high efficiency environment.”


The Wiltshire site will replace an existing facility in Bath, and is expected to be finished within two months.

The new data centre will be customised according to the MOD’s security requirements and meet stringent Government data classification standards

The move is part of an ongoing efficiency campaign by the MOD, which has also targeted a 7% reduction in water use by 2016.

Brad Allen

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