Brocade Data Center Reports Energy Savings
August 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.
"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."