facility-design

LEED Gold Data Center Facility for Allstate Insurance

Posted in allstate-insurance, capacity, certification, facility-design, green-it-initiatives, green-it-strategy, leed-certification, leed-gold, power-efficiency, reduce-power-consumption, strategies on March 24th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Allstate Insurance achieves LEED Gold for its new data center in Rochelle, Illinois. The datacenter deploys efficient hardware, virtualization techniques, effective cooling systems, white roofing, natural lighting, and a native landscape design to achieve its sustainable facility design. …
LEED Gold datacenter design

… “The Allstate facility, which opened in 2009, is one of the few mission-critical data centers in America to receive the Gold designation from USGBC. It’s a key component of a larger strategy to reduce the number of Allstate data centers to two by the end of 2010 and to increase power efficiency and computing capacity. ” …

Via Allstate Insurance Company: LEED Building Certification

NC Cloud Data Center Delivers Energy Efficiency

Posted in cloud-computing, energy-efficiency, facility-design, ibm, improvement, reduce-costs on February 5th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

IBM green data center in North Carolina targeted for cloud computing
IBM brings data center compute capacity on-stream in North Carolina. The facility will enable cloud computing and delivers an energy efficient platform for customers. …

… “This new facility not only sets new standards for energy efficiency, but provides the flexible capacity that allows IBM to deliver services that enable clients to reduce costs, improve productivity, and gain competitive advantage in their markets. ” …

Via IBM: IBM Cloud Computing Data Center in North Carolina

Facebook Custom Data Center

Posted in air-economizers, cooling-system, cost-effective, data-center, economizer, efficiency, facebook, facility-design, heat-exchange, operations, ups on January 22nd, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Facebook breaks ground on its custom data center that will support scalable growth for the company. Efficiency features include evaporative cooling, airside economizer, server heat exchange, and a proprietary uninterruptible power supply. …

… “We are designing a facility that will be highly efficient and cost-effective for our operations today and into the future. When Facebook first began with a small group of people using it and no photos or videos to display, the entire service could run on a single server. … ” …

Via Facebook: Our First Custom Data Center

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

Data Center Provision Capacity

Posted in capacity, facility-design, facility-management, microsoft, provisioning, server-farm on July 14th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Microsoft is using packaged server units to accelerate data center capacity increases. …

… “These prepackaged units (with up to 1,800 to 2,500 servers each) can be wheeled into the facility and made operational within hours, so they represent important advances in the ability to quickly and efficiently provision capacity. ” …

Via Microsoft datacenters: Mega Data Centers Online in July

Data Center Demonstrates Green PUE Performance

Posted in electricity-consumption, energy-efficiency, enterprise, facility-design, floor-space, fortune-data-centers, metrics, pue, savings, success-story on April 29th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Fortune Data Centers initiates the operation of its new energy-efficient, green data center in Silicon Valley. This facility supports 7.86 Megawatts of IT critical load across two data rooms with 43,000 square feet of IT floor space. …

… “Fortune’s new facility, located at 2001 Fortune Drive in San Jose, delivers superior energy efficiency as measured by Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE)-a standard developed by The Green Grid consortium. PUE is determined by dividing the total facility power by the IT equipment power-the lower the resulting ratio, the more efficient the data center. During independent testing through a Level 5 Commissioning Process, the data center achieved a PUE of 1.37 at full load, an energy-efficiency level far superior to the industry average data center PUE of 2.0, and better than the EPA’s 2011 target PUE of 1.45 for state-of-the-art enterprise-class data centers. The company estimates that moving IT load from a legacy data center to Fortune’s facility would result in reduced annual electrical consumption of 40 million Kilowatt-hours… ” …

Via Fortune: New Green Data Center

TELUS LEED Green Data Centre

Posted in capacity, carbon-footprint, country-canada, energy-efficiency, facility-design, green-data-centre, leed-certification, telus on March 24th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

TELUS LEED data center investment
TELUS will invest half billion dollars into its infrastructure in British Columbia, including a LEED level data centre. …

… “TELUS’ plans include a world-class Internet data centre that will have the capacity to support both B.C. and national clients. The facility, to be located in one of several B.C. communities currently under consideration, will be one of the greenest in North America and at least twice as energy efficient as existing data centres. It will be designed according to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) criteria. ” …

Via TELUS: Green internet data centre to have low carbon footprint

DataCenter Energy Challenges

Posted in datacenter, facility-design, location, outage, power-management on March 10th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Siting of the data center is a challenge for energy requirements, whether in established or developing areas of the power grid. …

… “The problem extends to current data facilities as well: More than half the companies polled in a recent study suffered an outage in 2008 due to a power or operational issues … ” …

Via Network World: Energy Trends

Microsoft Data Center Capacity Delay

Posted in capacity, data-center, data-centers, facility-design, it-services, microsoft on February 11th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Microsoft adjusts its data center capacity pipeline to meet demand. …

… “That means that a booming 90MW of facilities critical load have been delayed over the last 30 days. That is a prodigious difference between planned supply and realized demand. ” …

Via James Hamilton, Amazon Web Services: Microsoft Delays Data Centers

Sun Microsystems Data Center Space Compression

Posted in achievement, consolidation, data-center, facility-design, server-consolidation, space, state-colorado, storage-systems, storage-technology, sun-microsystems on January 27th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Sun Micro designs green data center in Bloomfield, Colorado
Sun Microsystems completes a new consolidated datacenter in Broomfield, Colorado, where a green design and energy efficient systems combine to achieve over $1million in savings and reduce the company’s U.S. carbon footprint by 6 percent. …

… “At the Broomfield facility, Sun was able to compress space 88 percent by deploying the Sun Fire T2000 Server with CoolThreads technology, the Sun Fire X4600 M2 Server, and Sun SPARC Enterprise M5000 Server as well as Sun Open Storage. For instance, 63 servers plus 30 direct-attached storage devices were consolidated on just two Sun Fire X4600 servers. ” …

Via Sun Microsystems: Datacenter, Broomfield, Colorado.

Microsoft Data Center Strategy

Posted in data-center, facility-design, green-it-strategy, microsoft, video on January 17th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

PUE DCIE Data Center Metrics for Power

Posted in dcie, facility-design, hardware, information-technology, power-consumption, power-usage, pue on January 6th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Data center power standards are still in the formative stage, but existing building energy standards can be a helpful guide. …

… “PUE and DCIE compare the data center facility‚Äôs overall power consumption to the power consumed by the information and communication technology (ICT) equipment. ” …

Via Consulting-Specifying Engineer: Data Center Power