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Retrofitting an Aging Enterprise Data Center

Photo credit: Source - Arizona Facility Services. Used with permission.

Enterprise data centers (EDCs) are secure, climate-controlled buildings that house mission-critical backend computer systems for businesses and organizations. For many data center owners, aging infrastructure—primarily HVAC, power and security systems—is a big problem because it may not support current or future business requirements.

Such was the case in Arizona, when one EDC owner needed to overhaul a 30-year-old facility. Over time, the building had become increasingly inefficient for operating in the hot desert climate, and its HVAC and mechanical systems needed to be upgraded. Another problem was that the raised floor space couldn't easily be reconfigured as new computer systems were brought in and older systems relocated or removed.

With the help of Arizona Facility Services, a company that advises on critical facility infrastructure, and controls systems powered by Opto 22, the retrofitted facility was not only able to address these challenges but also received enhanced safeguards: The team designed for unlimited dynamic redundancy, an innovative configuration of control system components running on dual Ethernet networks that provides maximum control system redundancy.

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