8 Features Found in HOSTING Green Data Centers

Demand for colocation and cloud hosting solutions has created a surge in resource and power consumption at data centers globally. This surge has led the the data center industry to develop a consistent set of global metrics for measuring energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions – a practice that HOSTING advocates. HOSTING owns and operates six geographically-dispersed data centers across the United States. We strive to incorporate smart features into each data center in order to consume resources efficiently while providing our customers with cost savings. Following are eight features found in HOSTING green data centers.

8 Features found in HOSTING green data centers

Water Side Economization

This function allows us to minimize chiller & compressor operation. It uses cool outside air to remove heat from the chilled water loop instead.

  • Key benefits: Energy conservation, lower total cost of ownership (TCO), increased availability and better fault tolerance

Cold Isle Containment

This methodology isolates cold and hot aisles to minimize mixing of cold supply air and hot return air; doing so ensures we pass the cold supply air through the servers rather than around them – thereby increasing efficiency,

  • Key benefits: Energy conservation, better fault tolerance

Demand Based Cooling

This is a controls system that modulates cooling system unit operation based on temperature management in the cold aisles using sensors mounted directly at the intake of the server cabinet. This feature allows HOSTING to deliver just the right amount of cooling – nothing more and nothing less.

  • Key benefits: Energy conservation, better fault tolerance; lower TCO

Ultra-high Efficiency UPS

Normal UPS units waste up to 20% of their input power due to electrical losses in the architecture of the system; these losses are ultimately converted into heat. Newer UPS units  found in HOSTING data centers are ultra efficient and operate at what is known as Unity; 99% of the energy input to the system is output to the IT loads. This dramatically reduces heat production and allows us to deliver more power to the customer.

  • Key benefits: Energy conservation, lower TCO, increased availability, lower cooling demands

Ducted Return Air Plenums

In certain locations HOSTING connects the CRAC unit air return directly to the drop ceiling plenum using a custom made duct; this creates a negative pressure in the entire ceiling plenum. When combined with return air grills placed over the hot aisles; it dramatically reduces hot/cold mixing and thereby increases overall system efficiency.

  • Key benefits: Energy conservation, lower cooling demands

Variable Frequency Drive Motors (VFDs)

VFDs allow us to spin fan motors at lower speeds based on commands from the demand-based cooling controls. This allows us to deliver just the right amount of air flow – nothing more and nothing less.

  • Key benefits: Energy conservation, better fault tolerance; lower TCO

EC Fan Motors

“Electronic Commutation” motors are solid state direct current motors that can be directly controlled through digital input and use a fraction of the energy that traditional AC 3 phase motors consume. When combined with DBC, it produces a significant reduction in energy consumption.

  • Key benefits: Energy conservation, better fault tolerance, lower TCO

HOSTING Data Centers

HOSTING owns and operates six world-class data centers strategically located across the United States. Built to scale to the needs of our domestic and international clientele, each data center leverages an ITIL-based control environment validated for compliance against HIPAA, PCI DSS and SOC (formerly SAS 70) frameworks. Our data centers are also 100% compliant against OCR and PCI Audit Protocols. All HOSTING data centers comply with Tier 2 architecture and satisfy Tier 3 design requirements where it counts most to our customer; for critical power and cooling. Our data centers boast round-the-clock, multi-layered security including 24 x 7 x 365 on premise personnel, biometrics, video surveillance and three layers of NOC monitoring.

Want to learn more? Take a tour of one of our data centers in Denver, Newark, Louisville, Dallas, Irvine or San Francisco today. You can also log onto our on-demand webinar, Data Center 101 – What to Look for in a Colocation Provider.

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