Data Storage: Emerson Previews State-of-the-Art, Energy-Efficient Data Center

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-07-27 Print this article Print
Emerson Previews State-of-the-Art, Energy-Efficient Data Center

Emerson Previews State-of-the-Art, Energy-Efficient Data Center

by Chris PreimesbergerPhotos by Mark Berry
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 network—currently comprising more than 100 data centers worldwide—into 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.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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