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.

08/24/2009


 

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 offer.

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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