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Emerson Previews State-of-the-Art, Energy-Efficient Data Center

Emerson Network Power technologies boost performance, continuity and efficiency while helping facility achieve anticipated LEED Gold Certification

Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson is previewing Emerson’s new 35,000-square-foot corporate data center, located at the company’s St. Louis headquarters. In addition to supporting the company’s initiative to consolidate its global network—composed of more than 100 data centers worldwide—into four facilities, the data center showcases a full array of innovative power, cooling, and monitoring technologies from Emerson Network Power. 

“When we started this massive data center consolidation, we admittedly set the bar high with regard to business efficiency, scalability, and—above all—availability,” said Steve Hassell, vice president and chief information officer for Emerson, adding that he expects the facility to achieve as high as LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. “While designing a data center with such standards can be a challenge, we were able to leverage the expertise of our businesses to deliver a powerful, efficient, best-in-class data center to support our global network and better serve our customers around the world.”

The facility, which is scheduled to take its first applications live in August, integrates numerous Emerson Network Power products—including brands such as Alber, Aperture, ASCO, Knurr, and Liebert—in addition to technologies from several IT companies, including Cisco, Dell, EMC, and Sun.

“These technologies create an integrated network and IT infrastructure that delivers ultra-high availability,” Hassell said. “In fact, we designed it so someone could use a chainsaw to cut right down the middle of the facility and none of our systems would go down.”

Hassell said the Emerson Network Power products at the heart of the IT infrastructure are the key to that reliability. Redundant, scalable power and cooling and integrated monitoring and management ensure seamless operation and availability.

The LEED Gold Certification is a result of the facility’s architectural design and efficient technology infrastructure, triggering an estimated energy savings of up to 31 percent over a traditional enterprise data center. The facility is fully equipped with a host of unique energy-saving attributes, including daylighting features, a reduced building footprint, and one of the largest rooftop solar arrays used by a data center. That solar array will provide 100 kW of power to support the facility’s IT load.

These attributes were enhanced by the strategies outlined in Emerson Network Power’s Energy Logic roadmap, which were put into practice in the new data center.  The roadmap addresses the three most critical constraints faced by data center managers today—power, cooling, and space—through 10 simple strategies that employ existing technologies and best practices to achieve the highest energy savings possible without compromising performance or availability.

To ensure the highest levels of reliability, the data center is equipped with three tiers of redundancy, with dual utility feeds, redundant Uninterruptible Power Supply protection, and onsite generators. In addition, with redundant dual-bus power capacity starting at 1,350 kW and ultimate UPS systems scalability up to 4,050 kW across dual paths, power usage can be scaled with precision to meet the facility’s highest demands without sacrificing efficiency.

The facility features new building materials that direct natural daylight into the building’s core, reducing power consumption. These materials, including hurricane-proof glass in the windows, maintain the building’s structural integrity and make it strong enough to withstand an F-3 tornado. The natural daylighting also is expected to improve employee efficiency and productivity, reduce human error, and enhance employee recruitment and retention.

"When it comes to our products and services, Emerson is committed to innovation, technological excellence, and environmental responsibility, so it makes sense that these values should be embodied in the company’s new data center," said Ed Feeney, executive vice president, Emerson and president of the Emerson Network Power Systems group. "Early in the design phase, we felt it was important to implement the efficiency strategies we have been advancing within the industry. Having accomplished this goal, we now can show the industry how incorporating these technologies and strategies into a data center can lead to better performance and reduced energy consumption, while also supporting LEED Certification initiatives."

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