Volkswagen has opened a new data processing center that will boost the carmaker's computing power by 20 pc.

The computers at the new center, which is located at VW's headquarters in Wolfsburg, northern Germany, have a maximum capacity of 24.3 billion operations a second. That's considerably faster than the group's processing power to date. The data center bundles various data operations that used to be housed in different buildings.

With the inauguration of the new 2,000 square meter building, VW is also lowering the annual energy use of its IT operations by 9.1 million Kwh. That's equivalent to the energy use of 2,600 private households, VW said. The savings equate to a reduction in CO2 emissions of 5,000 tons a year.

Part of the savings are generated by a new air-conditioning system that uses outside air for two-thirds of the year and, thus, doesn't require additional energy.

VW has equipped the new building with high-powered generators and kinetic energy storage units that will assure continuous operations also in the case of voltage fluctuations. Data are backed up through continuous fully mirrored storage.