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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:
-- 74? F average supply air temperature: Using a higher temperature threshold on supply air (74? F instead of 55? to 60? F) 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, based on NetApp's proprietary technology, 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 will serve as a model for clients interested in building energy-efficient dynamic data centers and cloud environments for their enterprise users. NetApp's commitment to environmental stewardship and energy savings extends beyond the dynamic data center. Its RTP office Building 2 received its ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance in 2009 with a score of 95.





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.

Building Owner:*
NetApp RTP

Property Manager:*

Year(s) Labeled (Rating):
2016 (100)
2014 (100)
2013 (99)
2010 (99)

Facility Type: Data Center

Total Floorspace: 121249 sf

Year Constructed: 2009

Contract Type: Internal Resources

Technologies Used:
   Stage 2-Lighting
   Stage 4-Fan Systems
   Stage 5-Heating and Cooling Plant
   Other Technologies/Strategies