Data Center Solutions That Boost Operational Efficiency.
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Consolidating data centers while maximizing energy efficiency
A major e-commerce company needed to consolidate its existing data centers and still have room for growth. Despite the project’s massive scale, the new data center could consume no more than 50% of the company’s global power usage.
We held numerous strategy and design meetings with the company’s IT leaders to conceive and create a cohesive solution that met the company’s exacting specifications for cost effectiveness, modularity, and flexibility.
Customized solutions included highly customized server racks, one of which is capable of holding 3,500 pounds – more than double the common maximum load of 1,500 pounds. We also commissioned specialized power equipment from Raritan and worked with Bayside to provide a highly customized pod containment solution to meet the company’s aggressive PUE targets.Download flagship data center case study
Inefficient cooling system raising operating costs in Hollywood Studio’s data center
With a PUE of more than 2.0, this major motion picture studio needed to revamp its HVAC system to increase energy efficiency and reduce operating costs.
Although the studio had requested a combination of hard and soft containment, after a single site visit, we realized the physical characteristics of the data center made it the perfect environment to institute a recently released active heat containment chimney system – a solution the studio’s data center managers had not been aware of until then.
Our solutions also included an updated system that uses temperature and pressure sensors to intelligently control fan speeds and exhaust hot air through the chimneys at the most efficient rate. The data center reduced power usage by more than 950,000 KWH per year and achieved its goal of reducing PUE to 1.7 or better.Download Hollywood studio data center case study
Colocation data center needed infrastructure within 45 days for new and existing systems
One of the country's leading technology companies was under an extremely tight deadline to build out infrastructure for a 4,500-square-foot colocation data center. In addition to an aggressive timeline, the company needed to install new equipment while moving existing systems out of one of its Canadian data centers.
After mapping out the data center to maximize power efficiency, optimal airflow, and scalability, we collaborated with the deployment team to quickly select necessary equipment and place orders with vendor partners. We brought together and coordinated skilled teams, detailed budget guidelines, and comprehensive timelines to design and install the infrastructure the company needed.
Although a similar project- everything from acquiring and installing the physical security cage for the colocation data center to wiring all power distribution and installing custom airflow containment systems- would typically take about six months, we delivered installation within 45 days.Download expedited colocation build-out case study
Strict fire marshal requirements impede legacy data center upgrade
A major private research university wanted to improve energy efficiency in its legacy high-density data center by upgrading everything from air conditioning and power systems to airflow balance and cold aisle containment. However, the fire marshal refused to allow modifications to the complex overhead fire suppression system.
Because the fire marshal insisted that the fire suppression and detection system not be moved or modified in any way, our solution included custom-designing the hard containment around the functions of the fire systems. In cold aisles, we built containment pods without roofs to allow access to the fire suppression system and smoke detectors. On end aisles, the sides of the contained pods implemented sliding Electrorack doors to contain cold air.
Through our upgrades, the university significantly improved PUE and received more than $300,000 in rebates from utility provider PG&E. The university was also able to raise set points on air conditioners by 6 degrees, netting a continued energy savings of roughly 24% each month.Download university case study
Updating 1970s legacy data center while capturing results
Originally designed to house mainframes and tape libraries, the data center was due for a massive overhaul. The utility company also needed a way to monitor, record and compare efficiency before and after the project so they could determine which best practices to implement in an upcoming data center construction project.
We measured the data center's baseline PUE by installing a wireless environmental sensor array by SynapSense that recorded and monitored the data center’s temperatures, humidity, and air pressure in real time and in multiple locations.
To control airflow, we custom designed more than 50 cabinets utilizing blanking systems and brush panels. The power company initially implemented cold aisle containment on one pod as an experiment before moving forward with the entire data center. The containment pod was so effective that the utility commissioned multiple pods in its three different data center locations in California.Download legacy update case study
From big carbon footprint to Green IT Award
Challenge:A national health care system realized one of its three data centers was at risk of running out of power. In addition, an organization-wide commitment to green practices meant that the data center needed to drastically reduce its monthly energy consumption, qualify for an energy savings rebate, and save thousands in monthly energy costs.
Solution:We developed and installed a custom cold aisle containment system to reduce the data center's PUE and carbon footprint. Because many rows were offset and not all the equipment was flush, we custom engineered 80-inch steel gap panels to adjust for row discrepancies and developed 22 cold aisle containment pods with solid polycarbonate sliding doors at the front of each. Our cold aisle containment solutions helped the company achieve award-winning results. Between its three locations, the company slashed 7.2 million kilowatt-hours of power from overall data center operations and it saved more than $770,000 on its power budgets – earning it the top spot on Computerworld’s list of Top Green IT Organizations in 2011. Download Green IT Award update case study
ROI in 6 months: improved cooling efficiency eliminates need for new 30-ton CRAC unit
Despite its six running CRAC units, Williams-Sonoma's 20,000 sq. ft. data center was not meeting cooling requirements. Unless the company found a way to improve cooling efficiency, they would have to install yet another 30-ton unit to sufficiently cool their data center.
We began by containing 12 pods with SealTech's clear Seiden Crystal, class A1 fire-rated curtains and a custom-engineered, retractable ceiling. To better manage airflow, we engineered custom rear cabinet doors with a cooling vent fin designed to push exhaust heat up, allowing it to return to the CRAC unit faster.
We also installed a facility management system from Geist to control and monitor all CRAC units remotely, in real time. With the RLE monitoring, Williams-Sonoma was able to consistently monitor and adjust data center conditions.
Williams-Sonoma achieved ROI in less than six months. They received $25,000 in PG&E rebates and continue to save $12,000 per month on power at 10 cents/kilowatt.Download William Sonoma case study