|Автор: Yevgeniy Sverdlik|
University of Texas at Austin has finished transforming a former administrative building into a new data center and is in the process of moving in IT equipment. The retrofit project has been ongoing at least since August of 2009.
The university undertook the $32m endeavor to support its growing IT and business needs, according to a news release by Active Power, which provided flywheel-based UPS systems for the new data center. The university purchased Active Power’s CleanSource 900kVA UPS systems, with collective capacity of about 3MW.
Active Power's CleanSource UPS system. Image courtesy of Active Power
Active Power President and CEO Jim Clishem said in a statement that the company’s UPS systems were more energy efficient, required less space and eliminated the need for battery replacement and disposal. “The heat output is also lower which reduces the need for additional cooling," he said.
Other energy-efficiency features of the design are use of computational fluid dynamics analysis to optimize air flow and hot-aisle containment. The data center’s operators will monitor power at numerous points around the facility to continue increasing energy efficiency.
Contractor that worked on the project was DPR Construction, a large construction firm that is involved in many high-profile data center projects around the US, including the new Facebook data center that is being built in Prineville, Oregon.
Entech Power Systems represented Active Power on the project.
In addition to pure colocation of equipment belonging to various departments within the institution, the data center will also be used to provide virtual servers, charging the departments on a server-per-year basis.
According to a schedule posted on the university’s website, first pieces of IT equipment will begin occupying the new data center in the September-October 2010 timeframe. The university plans to retire its old data center once the new one is fully supporting its needs.