SAN DIEGO – May 18, 2009 – As electrical power continues to be one of the key operational and economic factors for Data Centers worldwide, owners of these facilities must be ever vigilant in their search for new methods and technologies which help manage consumption and increase overall efficiency. Well practiced in several key disciplines of energy conservation, American Internet Services is nearing the completion of a year long, multi-faceted energy efficiency project. Involved team members were treated to a moment in the spotlight this month as they were recognized with a prestigious award for their energy saving efforts by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), the regional power utility company.
The project, which began almost 12 months ago, was aimed at reducing overall electrical consumption and improving the operational efficiency of all AIS Data Center systems which consume power.
Phase one of the project focused on the installation of Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) on a wide array of equipment throughout the Data Centers. With VFD’s installed, each unit operates at a speed based on the amount of demand being placed on it, instead of operating at full load all the time. This phase of the project produced considerable savings in both operating loads and the associated cooling costs per device.
The second phase involved the replacement of an aging Teledyne UPS plant with a newer, more efficient, and modular GE-S Series UPS configured to produce 1.35MW of N+1 power. Replacement of this unit alone produced a 35% power savings over the older unit due to improved power handling. In addition, the unit runs cooler (requiring less HVAC), and requires considerably less floor space than its predecessor.
The final phase of this particular project involves the replacement of all existing CRAC (Computer Room Air Conditioner) units with new, ultra-efficient CRAH (Computer Room Air Handler) units. This initiative scores big on the “green” scale by increasing energy efficiency up to 76% per unit. With well over 50 of these CRAH units in operation at any given moment, AIS is expecting to see a dramatic increase in operating efficiency as well as improved HVAC performance and capacity.
Being a leader in the movement towards “green” initiatives not only sets AIS apart from our competitors, but it gives the organization considerable advantages on the playing field. Each watt of power saved is another watt which is available to help grow our business. In addition, more and more clients are making buying decisions based on the “green” efforts of the suppliers they choose. AIS’s recent first place finish in the SDG&E 2009 Energy Conservation Awards, granted for saving 3.9 million kWh of power, has helped to highlight the efforts AIS has put forth just this past year alone. “Going Green is no longer a choice,” says Karen Poirier, Director of Data Center Operations, “with the rising cost of energy and the increasing density of computer hardware, our management team understands that these initiatives are critical to maintaining the company’s competitive advantage in the coming years. Not to mention, it’s the right thing to do for our planet!”
About American Internet Services
American Internet Services (AIS), one of the fastest growing colocation companies in the Western United States, has provided business-to-business services since 1994. The company operates premium colocation facilities throughout Southern California and Phoenix, and has invested in state-of-the-art equipment and technology to ensure unsurpassed reliability, bandwidth, security, and redundancy for its worldwide clients. AIS’s data centers are carrier-neutral facilities designed as technology fortresses with N+1 or greater redundancy on bandwidth, power, HVAC, fire suppression, and security systems. The data centers offer a mix of cabinet, cage and private suites, as well as roof rights for microwave links and other antenna systems. For more information, visit staging.americanis.net.