Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson, recently announced that construction has begun on an innovative data center at Emerson’s corporate headquarters that will showcase a full suite of the energy efficient technologies from Emerson Network Power. The 35,000 square foot data center, set to open next summer as a technology showcase center for current and potential customers, will support the $22 billion company’s global network, including more than 250 worldwide manufacturing and engineering operations.
The new facility will feature numerous Emerson Network Power products from brands such as Aperture, ASCO, Knurr, and Liebert interacting with technologies from the world’s leading IT companies. Collectively, these technologies comprise an available, reliable, and concurrently maintainable physical infrastructure that can be remotely managed. The data center will have three layers of redundancy, with dual utility feeds, redundant UPS protection, and onsite generators. Additionally, the data center will be scalable, with redundant dual bus power capacity starting at 1,350 kW and ultimate UPS systems scalability up to 4,050 kW across dual paths. Cooling capacity will be upwards of 300 W per square foot.
Based on the data center architecture and technology infrastructure, Emerson anticipates receiving LEED silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Emerson is one of the first companies to voluntarily participate in the process of earning data center based green credits in the core areas of energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, materials, resources selection, sustainable site development, and water savings.
Fox Architects, the project’s lead architect, estimates that the design will provide Emerson an energy savings of 17.5% as compared to a traditional data center. The energy saving attributes include daylighting features, a reduced building footprint, and one of the largest roof top solar arrays used by a data center, which will provide 100 kW power to the IT load. As IT equipment is installed, Emerson will follow applicable strategies recommended in Emerson Network Power’s Energy Logic to yield additional energy savings.
Victor Lee, chief technology officer for Emerson Network Power, said, “This project gives us a chance to show off how implementation of the strategies and technologies we recommend to our customers can deliver best in class business continuity. For example, our recipe for a dynamic critical infrastructure calls for technologies that are flexible, reliable, and operate at the lowest total cost of ownership. We’re eager to start sharing the finished product with the world.”
The data center is part of a global data center consolidation effort at Emerson that will integrate the operations of more than 100 data centers into four facilities.