Q - What do you get when you cross a datacenter with a solar array?
A - A Node on Canada's GreenStar Network.
The rooftop at Calgary Technologies Inc. is home to a Cybera-managed datacentre within the GreenStar Network(GSN). A datacentre is a facility designed to house computer systems and there are five within this pan-Canadian network. These nodes are powered by the sun, wind or water. The GSN will enable connected nodes to use renewable energy sources and at the same time facilitate the research necessary to determine the viability of future green networks. The Calgary node is about the size of a refrigerator and rests atop the Alastair Ross Technology Centre. It is powered by eight solar panels and is connected to the GSN through fiber optics. This is the second node to be connected within the network, and the rest are expected to follow within the next few weeks. The first node connected earlier this year and is hosted by the Communications Research Centre (CRC) in Montreal. Similar to the Calgary node, the Montreal node also relies on solar power as its energy source.
The GSN Project is a Canadian consortium of industry, universities and government agencies, united by the common goal of reducing the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced by users of information and communications technology (ICT) services. In addition, the GSN Project aims to develop resources for building, maintaining and utilizing ICT services that are reliant upon renewable energy sources.
Cybera and CTI are hosting an official launch party on June 29th at 10:00AM at the Alastair Ross Technology Centre. For more information or to register email to firstname.lastname@example.org.