ST. LOUIS--()--In its first three years of operation, Emerson’s (NYSE: EMR) Global Data Center never experienced an outage, despite multiple threats posed by Mother Nature, and generated an energy efficiency rate that is 39 percent higher than average data centers, the company announced today.
“When we started out, we expected to have virtualization rates of about 70 percent”
The LEED Gold-certified Emerson Global Data Center, located on the company’s corporate headquarters campus in St. Louis, began operating in July 2009 to help consolidate Emerson data centers globally. On the third anniversary of operation, Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson, helped analyze the capacity, availability, and efficiency of the data center, noting these highlights:
- Operating efficiency 39 percent greater than today’s average data center.
- 100 percent availability, even in the face of extreme weather, including a nearby F4 tornado.
- 80 percent server virtualization enabling growth in capacity.
“We had an F4 tornado rip the St. Louis airport apart, come within a mile of our data center, and take out a lot of power to the area,” said Jake Fritz, vice president of infrastructure and operations for Emerson. “But we didn’t see one minute of downtime. This and other key efficiencies are a true testament to the processes and best practices we’ve designed and implemented for data center infrastructure management.”
The 35,000-square-foot data center has been using the same best practices and technologies that Emerson Network Power recommends to customers, including the Energy Logic roadmap, which ensures efficient energy use and optimized space, power, and cooling. Following all Energy Logic recommendations enabled the data center to operate 39 percent more efficiently than the average data center. Energy Logic is also one of the reasons the Emerson Global Data Center achieved LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
“When we started out, we expected to have virtualization rates of about 70 percent,” said Fritz. “But as we’ve grown over time and consolidated more, we’ve actually exceeded 80 percent.”
The highly flexible capacity of the data center is a result of designing the facility to scale three-fold. Between virtualization and increased equipment efficiency, there is enough raised floor space to handle the next three to five years of capacity and growth expectations.
The Emerson Global Data Center, which meets Tier III criteria as defined by The Uptime Institute, has been always-on for the past three years. The 100 percent availability of the data center is credited to multiple layers of electrical redundancy, as well as a building designed to withstand an 8.0 earthquake.
Emerson released a video to celebrate the data center’s third anniversary and showcase the facility’s key operating results.
About Emerson Network Power
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson, delivers software, hardware, and services that maximize availability, capacity, and efficiency for data centers and healthcare and industrial facilities. A trusted industry leader in smart infrastructure technologies, Emerson Network Power provides innovative data center infrastructure management solutions that bridge the gap between IT and facility management and deliver efficiency and uncompromised availability regardless of capacity demands. Our solutions are supported globally by local Emerson Network Power service technicians. Learn more about Emerson Network Power products and services at www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.
Emerson (NYSE: EMR), based in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global leader in bringing technology and engineering together to provide innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and consumer markets around the world. The company is comprised of five business segments: Process Management, Industrial Automation, Network Power, Climate Technologies, and Commercial & Residential Solutions. Sales in fiscal 2011 were $24.2 billion. For more information, visit www.Emerson.com.