September 5, 2008 -- Emerson Network Power announced the construction of an energy-efficient corporate data center at the company's St. Louis campus. The 35,000 square foot facility will open in summer 2009. Based on the architecture and technology infrastructure of the facility, Emerson anticipates receiving LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
The data center will support the company's $22 billion global network, comprising more than 250 worldwide manufacturing and engineering operations. Also intended as a technology showcase center for current and potential customers, the facility will feature a suite of energy-efficient technologies from Emerson Network Power, including its Liebert, ASCO, Knurr and Aperture products, interacting with technologies from the world's leading IT companies.
Collectively, Emerson says the technologies comprise a highly 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.
Emerson claims it 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 percent 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, comments, "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. Many products from several Emerson Network Power centers of expertise will be used, including the following :
--Liebert FDC In the Row Power Distribution Cabinets with LDM branch circuit monitoring
--Liebert PPC 300kVA Power Distribution Units
--Liebert NXL UPS Systems, 750 kVA modules, including associated Battery System and Alber Battery Monitoring System
--Liebert NX UPS and Battery System with integral Alber Battery Monitoring
--Liebert XD high-density cooling system
--Liebert DS Computer Room Air Conditioners and associated Liebert condensing units
Infrastructure Management & Monitoring:
--Aperture VISTA Infrastructure Management Software
--Liebert SiteScan Monitoring System
--Liebert Leak Detection System
Power Switching and Control:
--ASCO 7000 Series Generator Paralleling Control System (GPS) with Battery Charging System
--ASCO 5000A Main Utility Switchboards
--ASCO 7000 Series Power Transfer Switches
--Emerson Network Power System-Level Switchgear with Liebert UPS Controls and Load Bus Synchronizer (LBS)
Racks and Integrated Cabinets:
--Knurr Racks and Liebert Rack Power Distribution
-- Liebert TVSS Surge Suppression Technology