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Storage Spotlight: How Twin Quasar and CELESTE are bringing green data hosting to European data storage clients

Oct 18, 2023
Twin Quasar and CELESTE logos for Filecoin Foundation blog

Supported by Filecoin Foundation and Protocol Labs, Filecoin Green aims to measure the environmental impacts of Filecoin and verifiably drive them below zero, building infrastructure along the way that allows anyone to make transparent and substantive environmental claims. Among the projects supported by Filecoin Green is a collaboration between Twin Quasar and CELESTE to offer more cost-effective hosting solutions in Europe.

The two organizations have teamed up to build an environmentally friendly and cost-effective alternative for data storage on the Filecoin network. These B2B solutions, designed for existing and prospective Filecoin storage providers (SPs), leverage renewable energy options in the heart of Paris.

Twin Quasar uses the French capital’s position as an IP transit hub with super low latency connectivity and high density to offer data storage for a fraction of the cost of other offerings. To put this in perspective – Paris represents 30% of the global datasphere and is the largest market of data consumers and data producers in the world (two times the size of the U.S.).

IDC Global Datasphere by Region Chart

CELESTE, the major telecommunication, cloud, and cybersecurity provider for businesses, operates its own infrastructure of over 10,000 km of optical fiber network in France and Switzerland, five ecological data centers in Europe, and more than 1,500 peering agreements.

Together, Twin Quasar and CELESTE’s data centers use solar panels and unique cooling techniques to create a patented environmentally-friendly approach to data storage. Combined, these power saving techniques bring down power usage effectiveness (PUE) to 1.3 – one of the lowest rates in the market.

By engaging with Twin Quasar and CELESTE’s sustainable hosting solutions, providers are well-positioned to excel in Filecoin Green’s Energy Validation Process and attain high Green Scores, unlocking a myriad of economic benefits that can act as key differentiators to their business.

“Our main objective is to provide Filecoin Storage providers and investors with a green and cost-effective hosting offer, leveraging Paris' strategic position in the EU, and France’s low-cost access to renewable energy,” said Twin Quasar CEO Julien Noel.

“Twin Quasar and CELESTE have crafted a unique opportunity in the heart of Paris, aligning unparalleled data storage solutions with a strong commitment to environmental responsibility. Their efforts resonate deeply with Filecoin Green's mission, embodying a forward-thinking approach to sustainable digital infrastructure that we are proud to support,” said Marc Johnson, Environmental Solutions Architect with Filecoin Green.

Learn more about this initiative by checking out Twin Quasar’s Green Hosting explainer.