Introduction of a multifunctional big data analytics platform service using a sustainable container data center

On 11.01.2022. SIA DATI Group and the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia have signed an agreement No. NP-2021/16 on project " Introduction of a multifunctional big data analytics platform service using a sustainable container data center" implementation, and have already started project implementation activities.

The goal of the project is to increase the productivity and competitiveness of SIA DATI Group by introducing a new service – a multifunctional big data analytics platform that will be based on a private cloud solution set up in a sustainable container data center. The project will be carried out in the field of information and communication technology: big data and cloud computing.

The new cloud solution platform will feature big data analytics tools including a resource-efficient computing task optimization solution (RECOTOS) that was developed by the applicant during a research project and that will ensure the efficiency of computing task execution.

By introducing the new service, the Project applicant will gain a competitive advantage over other solutions offered in the market thanks to its multifunctionality: big data analysis functionality, development tool availability and data backup functionality. The set-up of the new service will utilize software-defined infrastructure (SDI) principles, the big data functionality will utilize a resource-efficient computing task optimization solution and adapted open code solutions, while simultaneously using computing infrastructure from an energy-neutral data center with reduced electricity consumption costs.

The infrastructure required to provide the service will be set up in an energy-neutral container data center to ensure sustainability and longevity of operations for the platform with minimal environmental impact. The container data center will feature green technology solutions that will reduce both energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

The project will have a positive effect on the environment because the equipment used to deliver the new service (servers, switches, etc.) will be more energy-efficient than the Project applicant’s current equipment. According to the energy auditor’s calculations, the CO2 emission reduction will equal 76,63 tCO2/year and energy consumption reduction will equal 729,47 MWh/year.

The project execution will involve an external partner from Norway: engineering company Norsk Energi, which operates in the field of energy management and energy-efficient technical solution development and implementation. As part of the partnership, Norsk Energi will share the best practice approaches regarding the technical solutions of the energy-neutral container data center, including heating transfer solutions.

Main project activities:
   1. Purchase of hardware and relevant software:
       1.1. Servers, switches and their software
       1.2. Container data center technical hardware and equipment;
       1.3. Support equipment set;
   2. Activities related to introduction of the new service:
       2.1. Employee engagement in the development and provision of the new service;
   3. Knowledge transfer activities with project partner from the donor country (Norway);
   4. Information and communication activities.

Planned project results:
   • 1 set of servers, switches and software;
   • 1 sustainable container data center with the necessary equipment;
   • 1 set of support equipment;
   • 4 employee contracts;
   • 1 partnership contract;
   • 9 information and communication events

The project’s total costs amount to 736 768,19 EUR out of which 623 932,55 EUR are eligible costs. The planned financial support from Norway equals to 343 162,90 or 55% of the project’s eligible costs.

It is planned to implement the project till 30th of June 2023.

Link to support provider: https://eeagrants.lv/