Brocade Custom In-Row Cooling System Enables Green Data Center

Posted in air-economizers, brocade, cooling-system, data-center-design, education, green-data-center, green-design, green-power, low-power on September 14th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Custom Mechanical Systems and Critchfield Mechanical collaborate to create advanced in-row cooling technology installation for Brocade’s green data center in San Jose.  …

…   “The Brocade San Jose-based data center incorporates technology from CMS and CMI that provides a cutting-edge in-row cooling system with water-side economizer to minimize fan usage and maximize efficiency, saving half a megawatt of energy at full build-out. 

The custom cooling system from CMS and CMI has played a key role in the Brocade data center, featuring fan efficiencies superior to all other cooling options available on the market today.  

Brocade’s data center and its use of custom in-row cooling units, coupled with a highly efficient chilled water plant inclusive of a water-side economizer, provides a mechanical system with a power usage effectiveness (PUE) of less than 1.3. 

Data centers of this size typically have a PUE of greater than 1.5. 

To ensure a fully-customizable and flexible product, multiple iterations of the design were produced in order to meet Brocade’s specifications; 

CMS also worked with the construction team to design features that will simplify maintenance and improve reliability. 

These features include:

  • variable speed ECM motors, 
  • fan redundancy, and a 
  • low-cost maintenance design. ”   …

Via Custom Mechanical Systems: Brocade San Jose Data Center.

Custom Mechanical Systems.

Critchfield Mechanical.

Microsoft Virginia Data Center Advanced Cooling Mechanics

Posted in career, data-center, data-center-design, microsoft, modular, state-virginia on August 31st, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Governor discusses Microsoft data center investment in Virginia, which will deploy sustainable designs in cooling and other operations technologies.  …

…   “Microsoft Corp. will invest up to $499 million to locate their latest generation data center (Gen4) in Mecklenburg County, in what will be the largest economic investment in Southern Virginia history. 

Using modular technology and advanced cooling mechanics, the center will be Microsoft’s most advanced data center.

The project will create 50 new jobs and Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina and Texas to secure this sought after facility. “   …

Via Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell: Microsoft Data Center.

Microsoft Generation 4 Data Center.

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In-Row Cooling and Water Economizer Enables Green Data Center Design

Posted in air-economizers, brocade, cooling-system, data-center-design, green-data-center, green-design, in-row-cooling, water-economizer on August 19th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Brocade integrates green technology into its new datacenter design in San Jose.  …

… “opted for in-row cooling technology, developed by Custom Mechanical Systems, along with water-side economizer technology to help minimize fan usage … ” …

Via ZDNet: Brocade Data Center.

Custom Mechanical Systems.

Discussion of economizers in data center cooling architectures.

Twitter Adds Data Center Capacity

Posted in data-center, data-center-design, footprint, twitter on July 22nd, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Twitter invests in dedicated data center capacity with a larger footprint in the Salt Lake City area.  …

…   “Twitter’s custom data center is built for high availability and redundancy in our network and systems infrastructure.

This first Twitter managed data center is being designed with a multi-homed network solution for greater reliability and capacity.

We will continue to work with NTT America to operate our current footprint, and plan to bring additional Twitter managed data centers online over the next 24 months. “   …

Via Twitter: Datacenter.

Data Center Cooling Economizers

Posted in air-economizers, cooling-system, data-center-design, economizer on July 18th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Emerson discusses the integration of economizers into data center cooling architectures through designs that consider humidity, contamination, system reliability, and controls ensuring availability is not compromised.

Brocade World Class Data Center

Posted in brocade, data-center-design, energy-efficiency, world-class on July 13th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Michael Hirahara, Brocade Vice President of Global Real Estate, Facilities and Services discusses the design of the world-class data center at its San Jose Campus.

CA Sustainability ecoSoftware Solution tracks datacenter energy performance

Posted in analytical-tools, ca-computer-associates, data-center-design, data-center-software, management-tools on June 28th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

CA enhances its ecoSoftware product with reporting and forecasting tools to assess enterprise progress in meeting sustainability objectives.  Clients can use the software to manage the governance of their carbon footprint program as the business model shifts.  CA’s tool is available in multiple languages, supports multi-currency environments, and integrates with EPA EnergyStar program to foster benchmarking.  …

…   “CA ecoSoftware’s enhanced reporting and forecasting capabilities can help organizations manage increasingly complex sustainability programs and meet stringent reporting requirements.

With technology designed to streamline the integration between CA ecoSoftware and other systems, this latest sustainability management solution version from CA Technologies can help organizations reduce costs and improve overall energy efficiency.

CA ecoSoftware 2.0 includes enhancements to CA ecoGovernance, CA Technologies SaaS-based sustainability and carbon management solution, and CA ecoMeter, its operational energy management solution.

In addition, with CA ecoSoftware, organizations can take advantage of enhanced forecasting and scenario modeling tools, helping sustainability managers to review forecasted outcomes and fine-tune investment levels.

This allows users to better align and prioritize activity against their investment and business objectives.

Using visual dashboards, data center and facilities managers can monitor energy efficiency trends, including historical PUE and DCiE metrics, for insight into how these calculated metrics vary over time, such as days, weeks or months.

This insight can facilitate better decision-making and lead to improvements in overall energy efficiency and waste reduction. The CA ecoMeter calculation engine can be used by customers to create new formula-based attributes and metrics which can then be monitored, based on evolving business needs. “   …

Via CA Technologies: Sustainability Solution (Release).

Ultra-efficient data center initiative

Posted in country-canada, data-center-design, green-data-center, green-design, green-it-initiatives, green-power, supercomputer on June 22nd, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

The San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego and CLUMEQ, a Canadian High Performance Computing consortium, will collaborate to design an ultra-efficient data center as part of a program to promote green IT initiatives.  …

… “Under the partnership, SDSC and CLUMEQ/McGill University researchers will design and build a business case and a conceptual design for a jointly-managed, ultra-efficient data center to be built in Quebec, which has an abundance of green hydroelectric power and an ideally suited cool climate that can provide free cooling to the data center’s high-performance computer systems for much of the year.

Hydro Quebec, Quebec’s state-owned utility, Rumsey Engineering of Oakland, California, and ClimateCHECK, an Ottawa-based firm specializing in green house gas ( GHG ) emission standards and measurement, are collaborating on the project. “   …

Via SDSC: Green Data Center (Link).

Energy efficiency in data centers

Posted in data-center-design, data-center-efficiency-program, energy-efficiency, epa, servers, standards on June 5th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

can be enabled through adoption of standard definitions for productivity.  Labels such as EnergyStar can be susceptible to eligibility-creep, which results undifferentiated products.  …

…   “It is difficult to define energy efficiency for a complex system such as a data center or a server. Energy efficient is usually defined based on the delivery of the same or better service output with less energy input, but for servers and data centers service output is difficult to measure and varies among applications. Data center operators need standard definitions of productivity in order to purchase energy-efficient equipment, operate it in an optimal way, and design and operate the buildings to house it. “   …

Via EPA: Server and Data Center Energy Efficiency (PDF).

Enterprise service transformation consolidates datacenters and deploys automation

Posted in data-center-design, data-center-services, datacenter, hp-hewlett-packard, service-delivery, transformation-project on June 2nd, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

HP initiates technology and organizational transformation to improve customer satisfaction and its internal operational efficiency. Data center will be consolidated and leverage more automation. …

… “This initiative is designed to enhance the client experience and better position Enterprise Services for growth. HP will consolidate Enterprise Services’ commercial data centers, management platforms, networks, tools and applications to create a more scalable, modernized and automated IT infrastructure that will better serve its clients’ needs. ” …

Via HP: Enterprise Services (Link).

Ebay Data Center Leader Knows Energy Efficiency

Posted in architecture, cooling-system, data-center-design, dean-nelson, design, ebay, energy-efficiency, facility-design, green-it-strategy, leed-certification, leed-gold, operations, state-utah, strategy on September 8th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

eBay appoints industry veteran Dean Nelson, founder of Data Center Pulse, as its leader for global data center strategy, architecture and operations. …

… “Nelson’s cutting-edge thinking on energy efficient, environmentally friendly data center design and operation has earned him the respect of his colleagues. At eBay, Nelson is being called to lead the company’s data center strategy which includes completing the state of the art facility in Utah that is being built to LEED Gold standards and will serve as a showcase for the latest innovations in electrical, mechanical and cooling technologies. ” …

Via eBay: Dean Nelson