Data centers — secure facilities where companies house their computer and network infrastructures — are ravenous consumers of electricity. The federal Department of Energy puts their consumption at three percent of total U.S. electricity usage, amounting to 120 billion kilowatt hours per year, at a cost of $7.4 billion. Seeing consumption potentially doubling in the coming years, the federal government wants the IT industry to find ways to “bend the curve” and reduce consumption through greater energy efficiency.
The new 7,000-square-
Implementing Advanced Technologies
Buying 100 percent Portland General Electric (PGE) Clean Wind power offsets, EasyStreet claims a zero carbon footprint for its data center operations. Innovative technologies employed to augment energy efficiency include:
• An Indirect Evaporative Cooling (IEC) system, which is key to efficiency and outstanding PUE (a measure of data center efficiency). Supplemental Direct Expansion (DX) cooling units are expected to be needed only 180 hours per year.
• A hot air containment system achieved via Chatsworth TeraFrame™ “chimney” equipment cabinets that duct into the cooling system. These cabinets gather hot exhaust air and route it to the roof for processing by the cooling units.
• An extensive rainwater capture and filtering system that provides the majority of water needed for the IEC system. (EasyStreet procures Bonneville Environmental Foundation Water Restoration Certificates to offset 100 percent of the supplemental city water it uses.)
• More efficient and reliable Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPSs) using Vycon flywheels as their power source instead of batteries. Flywheel technology is considered seven times more reliable than battery-powered systems.
The data center supports both colocation and Cloud services. “New options are driving sweeping change in Information Technology,”
At EasyStreet’s recent ribbon-cutting event, Bob Repine, director, Oregon Department of Energy said, “This is a really great demonstration of efficiency in a commercial application. This is an example of the future. You have the opportunity to build that normal structure or shell. Or you have the opportunity to show that you are committed to creating a better environment. Doing the right things first — not the right things last.”
Balancing Efficiency and Performance
EasyStreet began operating in 1995 and is now Oregon’s leading independent managed hosting and colocation provider for businesses who want to outsource their data centers. Since 1999, EasyStreet has operated an earlier colocation data center at its Beaverton headquarters, adjacent to the new site.
Among the dignitaries speaking at the ribbon-cutting for the new facility were Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle, Portland General Electric CEO Jim Piro, Oregon Department of Energy Director Bob Repine, Energy Trust of Oregon Programs Director Peter West, and Lorie Wigle of Intel’s Eco-Technology Program Office.
During the ceremony, the Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO) presented EasyStreet with a $346,000 incentive check for its use of energy-saving technologies. Said ETO Programs Director Peter West, “This is a powerful project. There is a lot of intelligence, engineering and forethought in this project. This is how we work best with businesses — we were brought in early to get it right. And in this case, right is a spectacular set of energy savings.”
Customers Spared ‘Green Surcharge’
Because it has employed these energy-saving technologies, EasyStreet expects to spare its customers the steep rises in power costs often associated with data centers. This is possible because power costs rise slower when energy efficiency is higher.
“Although it may cost more to build than a conventional facility — and although renewable power will cost us a premium — the efficiencies gained by this design means we can provide our services with no ‘green surcharge’ to our customers,” Bader emphasized.
EasyStreet will continue to procure 100 percent Portland General Electric Clean Wind power offsets, as it has for DC1. Said Portland General Electric CEO, Jim Piro, “EasyStreet is meeting a critical need, as companies are demanding 100 percent access, security and reliability for their essential operating data. Rich and his team have been very open to new ideas and very innovative in the things they’ve done. They are committed to sustainability — to reducing their environmental footprint while making it profitable at the same time. They’re always thinking about how to operate their facilities very green and very clean. But they’ve taken it a step further — they’re working with Energy Trust to take their ideas and concepts and move them throughout the state for other data centers. It’s not only ‘good for us’ — it’s good for the entire industry. They’re willing to share what they have learned.”
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About EasyStreet Online Services. EasyStreet® Online Services is Oregon’s largest independent provider of corporate IT services to the Northwest region. EasyStreet’s team of professionals provides reliable, responsive and responsible services to hundreds of the area's leading organizations. EasyStreet offers a comprehensive range of IT infrastructure services that include managed hosting and cloud computing, server colocation and high-speed connectivity. EasyStreet has a long-standing commitment to sustainable practices and operates two energy efficient, zero carbon footprint data centers. Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Beaverton, Ore., EasyStreet is locally owned and managed and proud to be an active member of the metro community. For additional information, call (503) 646-8400 or visit http://easystreet.com.