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Texas 1 Is Powered Up!

With Texas 1 opening in just a few weeks, we are excited to report that the power systems and controls supporting the facility have been fully installed!

Texas 1 has fully redundant power from two separate substations. Our dual-feed power is carried all the way to the UPSs, meaning that each individual UPS lineup within the building can run on power from either substation.

This premium configuration has no single point of failure. We can distribute our active UPS connections independently across our dual utility feeds, spreading out the load and reducing the possibility of the entire facility being affected by a problem with one utility feed. If there is a utility issue on one feed, we can easily transfer the affected load over to the other feed.

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Wide Open Spaces

The first phase of the Texas 1 facility boasts 55,000 square feet of raised floor. This expansive area is highly scalable, accommodating single cabinet to multi-megawatt deployments. Texas 1’s raised floor, which sits 36 inches above the depressed slab, coupled with its flexible cooling system design allows for custom cooling solutions. Texas 1 can meet your company’s every need from standard deployments to chilled water direct to your cabinet.

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Do You Feel a Chill in the Air?

Texas 1 uses a chilled water cooling system, which consumes significantly less electricity than conventional air-cooled systems. Inside the facility, chillers draw heat out of the chilled water system and move it to the condenser water system. The condenser water then moves into the cooling towers, where heat will be released into the atmosphere mostly through evaporation. Located within the cooling towers are highly-efficient variable-speed fans to help with the process.

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Another Step Ahead: Flooring Is In!

The recent completion of our raised flooring brings us even closer the Texas 1 opening!

Texas 1’s raised floor consists of Tate ConCore 2500 tiles. These are concrete-filled tiles that can withstand a single-point load of 2,500 pounds on a one square inch area at any location on the panel, with a minimum safety factor of 2. This means that each tile can really support up to 5,000 pounds on any single square inch. The corners of every floor tile rest on pedestals and, for higher quality, stringers to support the edges of the floor tiles. This provides the highest load rating, along with extra stiffness to keep the floor tiles straight and aligned and level with each other.

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Look How Far We’ve Come…

After months of hard work and long hours by our experienced engineers, technicians, construction crews and vendors, we are pleased to let you know that in just a few months, the debut of Texas 1 will take place. On track for a grand opening in June 2011, this new carrier-neutral facility will offer the only state-of-the-art data center of its size and design in the Central Texas region. With over 130,000 square feet of premium space for mission critical IT operations and disaster recovery services, Texas 1 is fed by two 400 megawatt-capable substations from two power plants on the Texas Power Grid, making it the most reliable facility for wholesale and retail data center outsourcing.

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Building the Mechanical Plant

Since our last post, Texas 1’s state-of-the-art mechanical plant has begun to take shape. The chilled water system design allows for maximum cooling flexibility from standard single cabinet deployments to high density configurations. Even the most complex High Performance Computing (HPC) environments can be properly cooled in Texas 1.

Beginning with two diverse water feeds, cooling at Texas 1 is designed to be inherently resilient:

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The Generators Have Arrived!

State-of-the-art power management is a requirement for any data center to run smoothly and efficiently. It is imperative for a data center to ensure ALL back up methods are in place. Therefore, selecting a data center’s backup generators is of utmost importance to ensure that all servers remain running no matter what.

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Texas 1 Data Center – Customized Space

Texas 1 is designed to accommodate any sized colocation configuration – from just a few cabinets to larger spaces for wholesale deployments.

Below are some pictures of a section of the data center dedicated to large custom configurations. Clients can choose caged space or dedicated private suites, depending on their unique requirements. Texas 1’s data-caged area offers secure, cordoned-off space accessible only by the client and customized to meet specific requirements. Dedicated private data suites offer premium wholesale options with complete privacy from 2,500 SF. All options can be optimized to ensure the most efficient configuration.

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Breaking Design Barriers

Fifty-ton Computer Room Air Handler (CRAH) units will provide enough cooling to support full data center operations at Texas 1. Engineered for round-the-clock operation, energy efficient CRAH units coupled with raised floors throughout the facility will distribute chilled air to data center aisles and racks. With energy efficient measures embedded into the design at every level, Texas 1 is truly breaking all barriers in the typical data center design.

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Getting It Right

Over the past two weeks in Data Center Dynamics, we have been featured in an article series titled ‘How to Select a Chiller,’ offering step-by-step instructions for selecting the most energy efficient chiller for your data center. Data Foundry has put this same carefully calculated methodology into practice with the planning and engineering of our Texas 1 data center. As the mechanical plant can account for one of the largest areas of non-IT energy consumption, it is important to get it right – saving on time, resources, and energy throughout the life of the facility. To download the How to Select a Chiller series, please click here.

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