Research Triangle Park, NC-October 7,
2009- Today, NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) will hold a grand
opening celebration to showcase its new energy-efficient dynamic
data center located at the NetApp technology center in Research
Triangle Park (RTP). The celebration also marks the 10-year
anniversary of NetApp in the RTP region.
The grand opening ceremony event will be
attended by Keith Crisco, secretary of the North Carolina
department of commerce; Tony Caravano, deputy state director for
U.S. Senator Kay R. Hagen; Alexandra Sullivan, technical
development manager, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ENERGY
STAR; and key NetApp executives.
The new facility expands NetApp's 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 to consolidate its engineering facilities into a
global dynamic lab (GDL) and provide a highly available and
redundant infrastructure for NetApp's IT operations.
The 132,000-square-foot facility houses a
36,000-square-foot dynamic data center supporting 2,166 racks of
data-processing equipment with a designed power load of nearly
NetApp's goals for sustainability and reducing data center power
consumption are reflected in the innovative design and construction
of its data center. NetApp estimates that the data center's power
usage effectiveness (PUE)1 will be 1.2, or 80% more
efficient than the average data center PUE of 2.02,
which will result in NetApp saving $7.3 million a year. NetApp's
energy efficiency improvements will also result in reducing
CO2 by 93,000 tons a year, which is equivalent to
removing 15,400 cars from the road.
Following are key features that will
contribute to the RTP data center's outstanding energy
- 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 dramatically reduce cooling
- Airside economizer: The data center is cooled by using just
outside air (free cooling) 67% 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
- 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 floors (raised floors), overhead air distribution takes
advantage of cold/hot air buoyancy and eliminates ductwork,
reducing the energy needed for fans.
Storage Efficiency and Cloud
In addition to its energy-efficient facility design, NetApp
software will help dramatically improve data management and storage
efficiency in the data center. The new dynamic data center will
leverage the latest virtualization solutions to build a private
cloud environment to provide virtual access for NetApp engineering
labs around the world. The dynamic data center will also serve as a
model for clients interested in building energy-efficient dynamic
data centers and cloud environments for their enterprise users.
NetApp RTP Receives ENERGY STAR
NetApp's commitment to environmental stewardship and energy savings
extends beyond the dynamic data center. During the ceremony today,
the Environmental Protection Agency will present NetApp with the
prestigious ENERGY STAR for the superior energy efficiency of its
RTP office building 2. This signifies that the commercial
building's energy performance rates in the top 25% of facilities
nationwide, uses an average of 35% less energy than typical
buildings, and releases 35% less carbon dioxide into the
atmosphere. Building 2 has a rating of 95, which places it in the
top 5% in terms of energy performance for facilities nationwide.
For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov.
NetApp began operations in the RTP in 1999 and currently employs
987 employees in the region. The NetApp RTP operations include
product research and development and a 24x7 global service and
NetApp creates innovative storage and data management solutions
that accelerate business breakthroughs and deliver outstanding cost
efficiency. Discover NetApp's passion for helping companies around
the world go further, faster at www.netapp.com.
1 Power usage effectiveness
(PUE) is a metric, established by The Green Grid, used to
determine the energy efficiency of a data center. PUE is determined
by dividing the amount of power entering a data center by the power
used to run the computer infrastructure within it. PUE is therefore
expressed as a ratio, with overall efficiency improving as the
quotient decreases toward 1. A value of 1.00 would indicate 100%
efficiency: all energy going into the data center is used to power
the computer equipment and nothing else.
2 Based on observed energy
efficiency trends from 2007-2011. Report to Congress on Server and
Data Center Energy Efficiency, Public Law 109-431, U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency ENERGY STAR Program, August 2,
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