Perfect Orbit: Emerson Global Data Center Still at Zero Downtime After Reaching One-Year Milestone

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Emerson’s state-of-the-art global data center recently celebrated its one-year anniversary with another day of uninterrupted IT operations and zero unplanned downtime. Equipped throughout with products and solutions from Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and the global leader in enabling Business-Critical ContinuityTM, the data center has maintained 100 percent availability since going online in the summer of 2009.

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The decisions we made in designing our global data center were made with availability and efficiency in mind and with the shared understanding that sacrificing one for the other was not acceptable.

Emerson’s state-of-the-art global data center recently celebrated its one-year anniversary with another day of uninterrupted IT operations and zero unplanned downtime. Equipped throughout with products and solutions from Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson and the global leader in enabling Business-Critical ContinuityTM, the data center has maintained 100 percent availability since going online in the summer of 2009.

Other items of note as the data center celebrates the one-year mark:

–    After transitioning IT operations to the new facility, Emerson closed large data centers in Chicago and Cincinnati and is on the verge of closing a legacy data center on the St. Louis campus. These and other moves helped the organization reduce data center power consumption by more than 50 percent and floorspace by about 75 percent.

–    Those reductions in power consumption and floorspace requirements should grow as Emerson continues with a global data center consolidation project that will reduce its total number of data centers from more than 100 to just four.

–    The facility’s unique 7,800-square-foot rooftop solar array produced an average of 11,400 kVAh per month during the first year, with a peak of 14,250 in July. To put that in perspective, the array generated enough energy during its first 12 months to power nine average homes for a year.

–    The solar array provides a tangible environmental impact as well. If that solar power had come from the grid instead, it would have generated greenhouse gases equivalent to the year-long operation of 20 cars.

–    The solar array, energy-efficient design and building practices that diverted 80 percent of construction waste from landfills were among the factors that helped the global data center earn LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council—a rare distinction for a data center—and a 2009 Beyond Green award from the Sustainable Buildings Industry Council. Additionally, Emerson and its Global Data Center recently received a “Heroes of the Planet” award in the “Sustainable Business Operations” category from the St. Louis Business Journal.

Quotes attributable to Todd Finders, director of global data center services, Emerson:

–    “The decisions we made in designing our global data center were made with availability and efficiency in mind and with the shared understanding that sacrificing one for the other was not acceptable.”

–    “We’ve had a few instances where the utility power went out or some other type of power issue took place, but the facility responded exactly the way it’s supposed to respond. The Liebert UPS systems, ASCO power transfer switches and all the other Emerson Network Power equipment performed flawlessly.”

–    “We’re pleased with the results of the project to this point and continue to have high expectations going forward.”

Related Links:
Video: Inside Emerson’s State-of-the-Art, Energy-Efficient Data Center
Case Study: Best in class: Designing and delivering Emerson’s state-of-the-art global data center

About Emerson Network Power
Emerson Network Power, a business of Emerson, is the global leader in enabling Business-Critical Continuity™ from grid to chip for telecommunication networks, data centers, health care and industrial facilities. Emerson Network Power provides innovative solutions and expertise in areas including AC and DC power and precision cooling systems, embedded computing and power, integrated racks and enclosures, power switching and controls, infrastructure management, and connectivity. All solutions are supported globally by local Emerson Network Power service technicians. Learn more about Emerson Network Power products and services at http://www.EmersonNetworkPower.com.

About Emerson
Emerson, 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 through its network power, process management, industrial automation, climate technologies, and appliance and tools businesses. Sales in fiscal 2009 were $20.9 billion. For more information, visit http://www.Emerson.com.

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