Capgemini’s new ‘Merlin’ data centre at Swindon, Wiltshire, was named last night as the best green data centre in Europe at the Data Centre Leaders Awards 2010. The Merlin centre opened in October as a state-of-the-art development that sets new standards for sustainability and energy efficiency in response to concerns about the global impact of IT on the environment.

The 25 judges, comprising CEOs, IT directors, engineers and environmental experts from companies and organisations such as Tesco, Computacentre, Dell, Fujitsu, Morgan Stanley and the British Computer Society, agreed that Merlin demonstrated outstanding success in balancing the need for high performance with the achievement of measurable environmental and sustainability objectives.

The award was received last night at the awards dinner at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London, by David Fitzpatrick, Vice President of European Infrastructure Outsourcing at Capgemini, who said: ‘Winning this important award is a tremendous tribute to the skills, innovative ideas and sheer hard work of our Merlin team. We are already reaping the commercial rewards of our investment as clients hasten to benefit from the cost savings that our energy-efficient Merlin centre offers, and with last night’s success we have achieved the recognition of the industry for delivering a highly re-useable, recyclable, energy-efficient and price-competitive data centre.’

Three other Merlin-related Capgemini entries in the Data Centre Leaders Awards 2010 were highly commended by the judges. The Capgemini entries were finalists in the Innovation in the Mega Data Centre, Data Centre Operational Team of the Year, and Data Centre Business Leader of the Year categories.

Paul Anderson, Programme Director at Capgemini UK, who had overall responsibility for the Merlin project, said: ‘We always knew that Merlin was going to be a world-beater from the day it opened for business, but it is wonderful to have independent confirmation of our views from some of the world’s top experts in the field.’

The new Merlin facility is a key component of Capgemini’s Global Infrastructure Outsourcing (GIO) strategy which has invested €100million across a global data centre portfolio of 25 facilities in Canada, China, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the United States, as well as the UK.  Capgemini’s GIO supports over 26,000 physical servers of which 8,000 are virtualized. Capgemini’s key focus is on data centre optimisation to respond to client’s demands for security, sustainability and cost efficiency.

To find out more about the world’s most sustainable data centre, click on Discover Merlin