Brocade Data Center Reports Energy Savings

By ServerWatch Staff (Send Email)
Posted Aug 19, 2010

Custom Mechanical Systems and Critchfield Mechanical have announced that they have provided Brocade with technology for use at a new state-of-the-art data center. According to this Market Watch news release, The Brocade San Jose-based data center incorporates technology from CMS and CMI that provides a cutting-edge in-row cooling system with water-side economizer to minimize fan usage and maximize efficiency, saving half a megawatt of energy at full build-out.

The company claims a 75 percent energy savings using a new custom cooling system.

"Brocade's data center and its use of custom in-row cooling units, coupled with a highly efficient chilled water plant inclusive of a water-side economizer, provides a mechanical system with a power usage effectiveness (PUE) of less than 1.3. Data centers of this size typically have a PUE of greater than 1.5. To ensure a fully-customizable and flexible product, multiple iterations of the design were produced in order to meet Brocade's specifications; CMS also worked with the construction team to design features that will simplify maintenance and improve reliability. These features include variable speed ECM motors, fan redundancy, and a low-cost maintenance design."

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