Data center aims for 99.982% uptime
Emerson's new St. Louis data center will be 31% more energy efficient than traditional data centers and boasts a a 7,800-sq-ft rooftop solar array.
Emerson officially opened the doors of its new state-of-the-art and energy-efficient
global data center in St. Louis,
according to a recent press release ,
and celebrated the milestone with a special ceremony featuring Missouri Gov.
Jay Nixon and U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt.
Once IT applications go live in August, the
35,000-square-foot global data center will be 31% more energy efficient than
traditional data centers, thanks to the latest energy-efficiency technologies,
precision cooling products, and recommended efficiency strategies from the
company's Emerson Network Power business.
The data center features a 7,800-sq-ft
rooftop solar array--the largest in Missouri.
The more than 550 solar panels can generate 100 kW of energy, or enough to
power the average American home for more than three days.
Emerson anticipates the center will have
99.982% uptime, which is critical for a company that has operations across more
than 200 manufacturing locations around the world. In addition to energy
efficiency, construction of the data center was completed with environmental
responsibility in mind. Approximately 80% of the construction waste generated
was diverted from landfills through recycling, and innovative design features
enabled Emerson to save more than 2.5 miles of copper piping, minimizing the
use of excess materials.
As a result, Emerson anticipates achieving
LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, a rare
certification level for data centers.
Emerson invested $50 million in the facility
and IT equipment--a significant local investment by the St. Louis region's largest public company.
Emerson chose its Ferguson, Mo.,
campus as the location of its new data center not only for the proximity to its
global headquarters but also because of the many benefits the Midwest--and St. Louis specifically--has
To learn and see more about Emerson's new global data
center in St. Louis, watch this video .
Several other data centers have recently been opened. Read recent articles for more information.
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