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Welcoming a New Family Member

September 13, 2011 - 0 Comments

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After months of anticipation and countless hours spent on the delivery, I’m happy to announce a new member to Cisco’s family.  Our newest Data Center has come into the world in Raleigh, North Carolina.  It’s 18,500 sq. ft. (1,719 sq. m.) in size and has 2.88 MW of capacity.  The parents are tired but otherwise doing fine.

Despite being just days old, we’re already seeing great things from the facility.  Server waste heat is being recovered to warm adjacent office space, the cooling tower is capable of using recycled water and the waterside economizer is projected to operate 41 percent of the time, reducing the site’s power consumption and carbon footprint.  The Data Center also has solar panels on its roof and employs smaller capacity electrical and mechanical components, therefore running more efficiently when only partially occupied and supporting smaller power and heat loads.  The various green technologies and materials used are helping it achieve LEED-Gold certification.

Perhaps the most interesting element of the Data Center is that it serves two purposes for Cisco.  First, it’s running non-production applications, performing development, test and stage functions.  Second, it’s a disaster recovery (DR) facility for Cisco’s production Data Centers in Richardson and Allen, Texas.  The Raleigh Data Center’s resources can be repurposed as needed, to help recover the production applications from the other Data Centers within 24 hours.

See below for a closer look at the Data Center and its capabilities.

If you’re a regular Data Center Deconstructed reader, you might recall that this facility includes a containerized Data Center along with the in-building facility.  For more details on that part of the installation, see You Can’t Stop Compute, You Can Only Hope to Contain It.

Next time, I’ll revisit the topic of Data Center containers and explore when they do or don’t make sense to use.

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