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Green House Data Selects Deerns America to Design New Cloud Hosting & Colocation Facility

Tuesday, January 10, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Catharine Lurie
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CHEYENNE, WY – Green House Data, one of the nation’s first green data centers offering cloud hosting and colocation services, has partnered with mechanical and electrical engineering firm Deerns America for both their expertise in green data center design and for their patented Green Cooling for Data Centers (GC-DC©) air conditioning technology. This energy efficient data center will operate at levels 75% more efficient than the typical data center, according to the Uptime Institute survey in May 2011.

Set to open its doors in the first quarter of 2013, the new 25,000 square foot facility will utilize year round 100% free cooling. The air conditioning technology has been custom designed by Deerns America and when combined with the data center’s overall efficiency will allow the Green House Data facility to run at an annual average Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.16 and a peak PUE of 1.22.

"This progressive step is an exciting advancement for our company adding additional data center space utilizing energy efficient 100% free cooling,” stated Shawn Mills, President of Green House Data. "I see the increasing demand for low-energy cooling systems, green technologies and efficiencies as an avenue to reduce utility costs and offer these savings to our clients in this competitive industry.” 

100% Free Cooling System Design

The innovative cooling combines proven technologies in a new application that can serve up to 40 kW of IT load per rack. Within each unit, outdoor air is drawn through a plate heat exchanger where it absorbs heat from the IT room’s hot return air. It is then cooled and re-circulated through the data center. By separating the air streams in this way, the outside air can be cooled evaporatively without influencing the humidity in the white space and without risk of contamination from dust, smoke, pollen, and other particulates. Even as outdoor air temperatures rise, evaporative coolers will provide low-energy supplemental cooling without requiring the use of refrigeration based cooling systems.

The proprietary cooling design removes the need for under floor plenums as the units can deliver cool air directly to the computer floor, which is optimal for Green House Data’s use of hot, and/or cold aisle containment. Additionally, the cooling system can seamlessly grow along with Green House Data’s modular data center building design as new units can be added as needed.

"With the cool, dry geographical location selection chosen by Green House Data, implementing our free cooling system will have a great impact on energy efficiency,” stated Gary Cudmore, Principal of Data Center Engineering for Deerns America. "Additionally, the GC-DC© system we’ve developed for this project will provide a data center environment complying with ASRHAE TC 9.9 guidelines without the need for expensive, energy-intensive chillers.”

Learn more at http://www.greenhousedata.com

About Green House Data

Green House Data is an SSAE 16, Type II data center offering premium cloud hosting and colocation services without the high price tag. The current facility is powered by 100% renewable wind energy and operates 40% more energy efficiently than traditional data centers. The company provides managed servers, managed storage, dedicated infrastructure, disaster recovery and offsite backup to more than 70 customers from 24 states and 3 countries.

About Deerns America

Deerns is a privately-owned firm founded in 1928 with headquarters in the Netherlands and branches in the United States (Denver, CO and Rockville, MD), Germany, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Dubai. This company has grown into one of the largest independent mechanical and electrical consulting firms in the European building services engineering industry with more than 500 engineers employed worldwide. Deerns is focused on critical infrastructure including data centers, airports, hospitals, clean rooms, and Level 3 & 4 biohazard labs. Deerns also provides services to commercial, educational, and governmental clients throughout the world. Deerns’ approach is focused on energy efficiency, reliability, modularity, and scalability. In the last v5 years Deerns designed more than 2.3M sq. ft. of white space with almost 700MW in IT power. Learn more at http://www.deerns.com. 

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