• Ecoservers reduce the environmental costs of the Internet

  • High demand for environmentally friendly products is encouraging energy intensive industries to discover ways to reduce their carbon footprint. The new internet boom has created energy hungry data centres and hosting provider UKFast has launched a new product that uses as little energy as possible to deliver the same level of service.

    Ecoservers is aimed at the business community and has been developed by the UK's best hosting provider UKFast. The servers are built from the most efficient hardware possible. Managing director Lawrence Jones believes they can solve the power problem in the short term, while the Manchester based company works on building more environmentally friendly data centres from the ground up.

    "We've worked hard to marry the most efficient components into a single unit," says Jones. "Dual Core technology combines two independent processors to make them 40% more efficient than traditional chipsets. They are also very heat efficient and the Ecoserver casing is designed to distribute the heat more successfully reducing air conditioning power."

    "We are set a tough challenge," he says. "Businesses want it 'green' but still have strict requirements regarding uptime." Ecoservers achieves this with the most eco-friendly unlimited power supply (UPS) available, running at 91% efficiency. The energy saved is equivalent to switching off fourteen 3KW electric fires that are running 24 hours a day 365 days a year.

    Ecoservers has extended this policy into the administrative side of the business. The paperless invoicing system uses email correspondence to reduce, if not eliminate, the issue of wasted paper and all data is stored and backed up online. Any packaging used for hardware is recycled by Evolve ensuring that nothing goes to waste.

    The brand is part of UKFast's Project32, which addresses the needs of businesses and the UK's digital future. The project has already had a great response with environmentally switched on companies like Sainsbury's showing an interest in finding the most energy efficient methods of hosting their many websites.

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    About UKFast - www.ukfast.net

    UKFast is the ISPA UK's Best Hosting Provider 2007, 2006 and 2005 as well as Future Publishing's Best Business ISP 2004. The hosting specialist has a regular place in Top Host UK's list of top 5 ISP's and plays an instrumental part in Manchester's future as a digital city.

    As one of the UK's fastest bandwidth providers, UKFast counts amongst its clients some of the UK's biggest names including Sky Interactive, Dollond and Aitchison and Sainsbury's. UKFast also sponsors the Sale Sharks Premiership Rugby Club and the Airwaves-Ducati British Superbikes Team.

    About Project32

    Project32 is UKFast's commitment to grow the internet infrastructure in the UK proactively and inclusively, allowing all British businesses to compete at the top of their field in the global environment.

    Launched in April 2007, the project's research and development fund has already commissioned CTmonitoring™, and Ecoservers™, while BASEfund, a pool of capital for online security is helping to improve internet safety for businesses and their customers.

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    released by Jonathan BowersTwo years as a broadcast journalist with Independent UK radio and the BBC, followed by two and a half years developing writers on all disciplines for the BBC's New Writing department. For the last 2 years I have been Communications manager of UK ISP UKFast and
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