A new stage in the development of digital in Occitania and data sovereignty in France. The company Prosoluce laid, Wednesday, January 4, the first stone of their future data center in the heart of the Comminge futuropole, in Saint-Gaudens (Haute-Garonne). This opening, accompanied by the installation of the company’s head office, will create new opportunities for local businesses.
Founded in 2007 by two partners – Cyril Gousse and Gaël Hermet -, Prosoluce has made a name for itself in the data hosting market, as well as in the telecommunications market. This company employs 10 people and the objective is to triple the number of employees in three years with this future establishment. The latter will make it possible to recruit new profiles: secretaries, project managers in the conduct of activities, network system administrator, telecom technician, etc.
A first in the south of Haute-Garonne
The launch of this data center will allow local businesses to have control over their data. As a reminder, a data center is an infrastructure hosting many computers in order to organize, process and store information that companies entrust to this host. Until now, company information hosted by Prosoluce was already located on servers in France, but external to the company. Moreover, the choice of this location is not anodized entrusts to The gallery Cyril Gousse, president of Prosoluce.
“It’s one of the furthest points from Paris, in a safe zone for data. Saint-Gaudens is in the middle of networks and telecoms, which allows us to easily connect to existing infrastructures. The climatic zone is also important, the temperature is reasonable – which makes it possible to moderate energy consumption”.
The project is supported by the community of communes Cœur et Coteaux du Comminges, the Occitanie region and the Haute-Garonne department. Financial support of up to 30% of the price of the overall project, resulting in a total of three million euros. ” It is a help that allows us to do more than expected “, confides the leader.
A data center in the middle of energy sobriety
In the midst of an energy crisis, the creation of a data center can surprise you with its energy needs. Permanent cooling makes these structures very energy-intensive. However ” the project aims to be as virtuous as possible “Promises Cyril Gousse. The data center is intended to be of medium size unlike large companies. This change of scale allows electricity consumption adapted and adapted to the volume of the storage spaces.
Among the technologies used, hyperventilation, a very frequent pulsation of air in order to create a rapid evacuation of heat. When the mercury rises, an adiabatic system enters, which consists of passing the propelled air over membranes made of fabrics impregnated with water in order to increase the freshness. This alternative offers 15 times less consumption than air conditioning.
In addition, the offices of the future head office have been designed to work perfectly in harmony with the data center. The excess heat will heat the rooms. ” In summer, this remains a problem that we still have not solved, we will not heat the offices, but rather resell the heat produced if possible “explains Cyril Gousse. Installations of photovoltaic panels are also planned. ” Our goal is to self-consume as much as possible “.
The ambition for the next few years within Prosoluce will be to try to develop in other cities, with the construction of other data centers. In 2022, their turnover reached 1.5 million euros and the management claims an annual growth of 35% over the last five years.