Electrically, one of our biggest challenges was providing EMC with a design that minimized their up-front costs and provided for planned future growth. SMMA modeled the electrical design such that additional unit substations with large transformers could be inserted into the system in back-of-house electrical rooms when the load dictates, leaving the electrical infrastructure in the labs and data centers intact. The goal was reducing the downtime—which results in revenue loss—required for additional power increases, while eliminating disturbances to the built environment. Further, to increase efficiency through a reduced number of electrical transformations, the unit substations used on this project stepped down the medium voltage from the utility directly to the voltage needed at the rack level.
Center of Excellence
With their existing data center in Westborough rapidly running out of capacity, EMC Corporation began planning for the development of a new energy-efficient, virtual data center, strategically aligned to the company’s journey toward delivery of IT-as-a-service and the development of its first domestic Center of Excellence.
SMMA provided a flexible and scalable design solution to transform an existing 450,000-square-foot warehouse into a highly-efficient, virtualized showcase, setting the foundation for a sustainable approach to EMC’s journey to the private cloud.
The state-of-the-art facility consolidates all regional EMC research, development, and proof-of-concept labs; offers consulting, development, technical services; and showcases EMC and partner solutions.
Data Center Transformation—
Westborough to Durham:
- 100% Virtual Servers, Up from Only 32% Virtual
- 271 Watts Saved per Server by Leveraging Virtualization
- Reduced Power per TB by 73%
- Saved 1.2 Megawatts of Power Demand