Data Storage: Emerson Previews State-of-the-Art, Energy-Efficient Data Center
Emerson Network Power, one of the world's largest data center power/cooling and connectivity providers, should know what it's doing when it comes to designing and building its own corporate data center. Emerson's new $50 million, 35,000-square-foot corporate data center, located at the company's St. Louis headquarters, opens officially on July 27 and takes its first applications live in August. The new facility is a big part of the company's initiative to consolidate its global networkcurrently comprising more than 100 data centers worldwideinto a mere four locations. How will this happen? Emerson uses virtualization; new, more efficient software, servers and storage; and vastly improved power-control software and cooling systems. The new data center will be 31 percent more energy-efficient than traditional data centers, Emerson said. CIO and Project Director Steve Hassell told eWEEK that Emerson expects the facility to earn a LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Take a quick tour through the new data center here on the next few pages.