Daimler’s Transition to Sustainable Mobility is accelerated by Infosys’ collaboration with one of Europe’s greenest data centers

Stuttgart, Germany – November 30, 2021

Infosys (NSE, BSE, NYSE: INFY), a global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting, announced today that it will move Daimler’s high-performance computing (HPC) workloads used to design vehicles and automated driving technologies to Lefdal Mine Datacenter in Norway, one of Europe’s greenest data centers.

The transition to Green Data Center as a Service is a critical step in helping Daimler achieve its “Ambition 2039” sustainability goal of becoming CO2 neutral by 2039.

Data centres currently consume about 1% of total world energy, and service demand is predicted to increase by 60% by 2022. Engineering and other high-performance workloads that run sophisticated algorithms, such as those required for simulating sensors and travels for autonomous vehicles, will become increasingly important to automakers’ competitiveness in the mobility business as next-generation technologies evolve.

However, these workloads consume a lot of energy and contribute significantly to the carbon footprint of businesses around the world.

In the Nordics, Infosys supplied a solution to help Daimler migrate HPCs to green infrastructure utilising Infosys’ Data Center as a Service (DCaaS) offering, as part of its strategic relationship with Daimler to accelerate hybrid cloud-powered innovation and change IT infrastructure.

Infosys will manage the complete IT infrastructure as part of the endeavor, while Lefdal Mine Datacenter will offer the facility, which is a world-leading sustainable and energy-efficient data center.

Norway is emerging as a “superpower” for green data center, with renewable energy accounting for 100 percent of total power generation and transmission losses kept to a minimum. The Lefdal Mine Datacenter provides one of Europe’s most environmentally friendly data center options, with capacity that is both air-cooled and water-cooled.

The data center is housed in a mine next to a deep, cold fjord with a constant, low temperature that allows for efficient cooling. When compared to air-cooled data center, the Lefdal Mine Datacenter is unaffected by hot days, requires no evaporative cooling devices, and has a water use effectiveness of zero.

Depending on the UPS design and capacity scale, this system has a PUE of 1.10 to 1.15. The data center is a world-class site for high-performance computing environments.

The Green Data Center is the newest addition to Infosys’ Cobalt Hybrid Cloud portfolio, which includes a mix of Regional Private Data Centers, Edge Data Centers, and Hyperscalers across all major continents.

Daimler’s collaboration with Infosys to reinvent its data center operations at the Lefdal Mine Datacenter will help the company meet its sustainability goals, and it also shows how other businesses may benefit from the industry-leading solution.

Jan Brecht, Chief Information Officer, Daimler and Mercedes-Benz, said: “A large proportion of our IT energy consumption comes from our data centers which require significant power for computing and cooling. That’s why we’re transforming our data centers with the support of our partner Infosys, bringing particularly the high-performance computing into one energy efficient solution at Lefdal Mine Datacenter.”

“Not only will we benefit from natural cooling thanks to the cold weather, our operations will also be run on 100% green energy. This initiative marks another important milestone on our journey to becoming Co2 neutral”.

Salil Parekh, Chief Executive Officer, Infosys, said: “Infosys is a strategic partner to organizations navigating decarbonization and we are well positioned to deliver sustainable green transformation leveraging expertise gained from decade long efforts in environment stewardship.”

“We pioneer projects around the world across every industry to facilitate climate change actions, developing solutions and services to help clients in their low-carbon transition. In delivering this transformation for Daimler we’ve shown how Green Infrastructure as a Service can radically reduce organizations’ impact on the environment and the vast potential for other organizations running high compute enterprise workloads to benefit from this industry-leading sustainability offering.”

Jørn Skaane, Chief Executive Officer, Lefdal Mine Datacenter AS, said: “We have built and operate a leading sustainable, secure and cost-effective data center – The Norwegian Solution. With short travelled renewable power and cooling from the nearby fjord, sustainability is in the core of our mission and values.”

“Our ambition is to be the greenest data center in the world, with the ability to offer tailor-made and scalable data center solutions. We are inspired to have been chosen to host Daimler HPC workloads and will contribute for Daimler to become CO2 neutral.”

Jan Christian Vestre, Minister of Trade and Industry in the Norwegian Government, said: “I wish to congratulate the parties on reaching this important milestone. Lefdal Mine Datacenter, based on the reuse of industrial infrastructure and locally produced energy, is an excellent example of how Norwegian data centers and industrial knowhow can help industries of the future achieve their goals of decarbonization.”

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