NetApp Global Dynamic Lab
NetApp's new energy-efficient data center expands its engineering and development efforts in the region, including furthering research initiatives to create and improve storage efficiency and cloud-enabling technologies. The new dynamic data center will enable NetApp -- a company that creates innovative storage and data management solutions -- to consolidate its engineering facilities into a global dynamic lab (GDL) and provide a highly available and redundant infrastructure for its IT operations.
The 125,000-square-foot facility houses a 35,000-square-foot dynamic data center supporting 2,166 racks of data-processing equipment with a designed power load of nearly 25MW.
NetApp's goals for sustainability and reducing data center power consumption are reflected in the innovative design and construction of its data center.
Following are key features that will contribute to the RTP data center's outstanding energy efficiency:
-- 74F average supply air temperature: Using a higher temperature threshold on supply air (74F instead of 55F to 60F) allows NetApp to significantly reduce cooling costs.
-- Airside economizer: The data center is cooled by using just outside air (free cooling) 67 percent of the time during the year.
-- Pressure-controlled room: Modulating fans, supply pressure-controlled rooms and regulate the volume of air to avoid oversupplying air and wasting energy.
-- Cold aisle containment: The cold room separates the cold and hot air streams to protect supply air temperatures from being affected by hot air returning from the racks.
-- Overhead air distribution: Instead of pumping cold air up through the (raised) floors, overhead air distribution eliminates ductwork, reducing the energy needed for fans.
The dynamic data center has served as a model for clients interested in building energy-efficient dynamic data centers and cloud environments for their enterprise users.
Please note: Narrative information in this profile has been provided by NetApp RTP or a representative of this facility. Other building information was verified and submitted to EPA at the time of application. Building energy performance, operating characteristics, and ownership/management may be subject to change over time.
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Facility Type: Data Center
Total Floorspace: 125000 sf
Year Constructed: 2009
Contract Type: None