Fast Facts on the F1 Data Center at the Ferrari Campus

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-03-02 Print this article Print

Server racks:

--Mixed usage of IBM, Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard servers; ZFS, Windows and AIX filesystems; Sun StorageTek, IBM Bladecenter S storage, HP ProLiant Data Protection Storage Servers.

Power management equipment:

--Symmetra PX 80KW N+1 UPS system configured as 2N (System + System). This configuration is also called Dual feed, with redundant A and B sides. There were several zones of these UPS systems.

--InfraStruXure Power Distribution:  Pre-configured power distribution that takes the power from the UPS to each rack enclosure, which have Metered rack PDUs in them.

--NetShelter SX rack enclosures & APC cable management accessories

--InRow chilled water air conditioner.  This is APC's first generation of row-based cooling. This facilitates much higher densities than raised floor cooling and is also more efficient due to the shorter air flow path.

--Open row cooling for medium density zones.

--Hot aisle containment for the high density zone, which was about 80 degrees F. inside.

--Since the original commissioning, the data center has gone through a few IT refreshes and also an expansion of the cooling and power capability. During this period they only shut down a portion of their data center once.

--The expansion included an addition of APC's newer InRow RP chilled Water cooling unit, which has much higher capacity in a smaller space than the original InRow FM. They also added a very new UPS and Distribution system available in Europe -- Symmetra PX 160kW. This solution doubles the power of the original Symmetra PX80kw in the same footprint. Part of this system is Modular Power Distribution, which is a new Touch Safe, hot pluggable breaker/cable system for power distribution to the rack. This system was recently released in the United States, but has been in Europe longer.

--The high density zone has several racks full with HP blade servers that can draw 20kW per rack. While there, the metered rack PDUs indicate the rack was drawing about 16.5kW per rack.

Ferrari was an early adopter of row-based cooling. Not only has the company reliably powered and cooled these high-density loads, but it also has been able to grow with IT refreshes and improvements to the power and cooling apparatus with minimal disruption to their operations. Standardized solutions and excellent operation procedures enable this.

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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