Bouygues Immobilier is a leading private property developer in France and Europe, with 1,908 employees at 31 December 2017 and sales of €2,712 million in 2017. With 39 branches in France and four outside France, Bouygues Immobilier has nearly 60 years' experience in developing residential, corporate and commercial projects in more than 250 towns and cities. Bouygues Immobilier has a strong commitment to innovation and sustainable development and therefore seeks to provide better quality of life over the long term for all its customers by making their experience of the buying process and the use they make of the living spaces and services created for them as pleasant as possible. Bouygues Immobilier is the first developer to be certified ISO 9001 in France, NF Habitat HQE, and Top Employer France 2017, and to win the 2016 prize for the best customer relations awarded by the French Customer Relations Association (AFRC).
Property company Bouygues Immobilier has decided to outsource all information systems to Prosodie, the online, remote data-exchange services operator for large companies. This is the first initiative in this field that the entire infrastructure will be hosted on a green IT platform.
Bouygues Immobilier is introducing an innovative eco-design approach within the outsourced data center Committed to a general philosophy of sustainable development, especially in constructing environmentally-friendly buildings, Bouygues Immobilier has made the strategic choice to include an eco-design approach for its new data center, from equipment selection to managing and monitoring the use of resources.
"From the time we launched the invitation to tender for the outsourcing of our information systems, we were looking for a partner able to support our environmentally responsible philosophy. This partner had to not only help us in outsourcing our information systems but also offer an infrastructure allowing us to reduce our environmental impact and particularly our carbon footprint. We have created a new data center concept which will enable us to save 30% in energy use – the GreenIT Factory", comments Christian Grellier, head of Organization and Information Systems at Bouygues Immobilier.
To optimize energy consumption, Prosodie is re-thinking the organization of its data centers.
To meet Bouygues Immobilier’s request, Prosodie implemented the Cold Corridor® solution from Minkels. The system which is based on the complete separation of hot and cold airflows, holds the server bays, optimizes space usage and generates considerable energy savings.
"We opted for Minkels because their versatile solution fit entirely within our existing infrastructure. It met our particular desire to have control over all factors leading to a reduction in energy consumption for this customer," says Pascal Ledieu, head of Operations and Support at Prosodie.
Prosodie went further in customizing the hosted infrastructure for the Bouygues Immobilier information system. To reduce energy use by 30%, some special devices were installed:
- Electricity meters with displays were fitted outside the Cold Corridor® for realtime monitoring of the servers' electricity usage.
- Temperature probes were fitted inside the actual Cold Corridor® to ensure that the temperature is always optimal within the bays.
In addition, Bouygues Immobilier made certain technical choices to further reduce energy consumption where by 40 percent of the servers will be consolidated to maximize the use of virtualization, and criteria for the computer hardware selection will be based on environmental performance.
At a time when 83% of IT professionals(1) say that environmental matters are either important or very important, the GreenIT Factory is one of the first initiatives in this area.
Prosodie is planning to conduct a carbon assessment of its activity in France in 2009. This project will provide the company with an initial evaluation of its energy usage and will be used to prioritize actions taken in coming years regarding organization and infrastructure.
(1) Forrester research conducted in 2009 with 1,022 IT professionals from different companies in North America and the EMEA area.