A new 50,000-square-foot facility in Colorado will serve the dual purpose of being an HP data center and a test facility for new sustainability technologies.
is opening a facility that will act as a testing ground for efficient and
sustainable data center technologies.
30, the site in Fort Collins, Colo., will serve multiple purposes, including
being used as a data center for internal applications run by HP as well as a
test-bed for green data center operations
. More than 8,000
environmental sensors throughout the 50,000-square-foot facility will monitor
everything from temperature to humidity, and the facility's central-management
system will use the data to adjust operations accordingly to make them as
energy-efficient as possible.
Designed by HP
Critical Facilities Services and built in collaboration with HP Labs, the
facility will help HP push forward its Converged Infrastructure architecture,
which is aimed at reducing complexity and sprawl in the data center, reducing power
consumption and cranking up energy-efficiency. Ultimately, the facility will
give enterprises the tools they need to run higher-performing, more
energy-efficient data centers, a crucial issue for companies that are trying to
rein in skyrocketing energy costs while creating IT infrastructures to meet
their business demands.
are seeking sustainable, affordable data center technologies that will
effectively change the energy equation," Tom Christian, principal research
scientist for HP's Sustainable Ecosystems Research Lab, said in a statement.
"The new Fort Collins research facility advances the development of solutions
that address CIOs' most pressing needs, including lowered energy consumption
and reduced costs."
center will be fitted with thousands of x86-based ProLiant and Itanium-powered
Integrity servers, as well as BladeSystem blade servers and StorageWorks
storage devices. They will be used to run internal HP applications and support
the sustainability research done by HP Labs, the company said. Half the
facility will be used in what HP officials call a "living laboratory"
environment, where HP Labs, through its Sustainable Data Center Project, will
continue its research in reducing emissions and power consumption.
center will have hot and cold aisles, and every aisle between the server racks
will have cool-air intakes and hot-air outlets, enabling constant air
circulation through the racks as cool air is blown into the cold aisles from below
and hot air sent out from the hot aisles overhead. It also will have both
air-side and water-side economizers, which will enhance energy efficiency in
also will study how to best use resources in power and cooling microgrids,
which look at air and water cooling capabilities that leverage the climate in
the Rocky Mountains. In addition, the building will house the HP Labs Sandbox,
a research area isolated-both electronically and environmentally-from the rest
of the facility. The Sandbox will be a test-bed for HP Labs engineers, who will
use it to test new sustainability technologies, according to the company.