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September 19, 2012

Bluestone Energy Cools zColo's Newark Data Center

By Mini Swamy
TMCnet Contributor

Even the very thought of data centers conjures images of heat dissipating units that consume thousands of megawatts of power. That being so, it's extremely hard to associate them with terms like energy efficiency and energy-conservation.

However, zColo, a Zayo group company, is convinced that it can implement a comprehensive energy program with the help of Bluestone energy Services, LLc., a division of OpTerra Energy, to reduce its IT-related energy consumption and carbon footprint at its Newark colocation facility.

Bluestone Energy's holistic data center energy program is expected to reduce annual electricity consumption by 3,162,364 kilowatt hours (kWh) and provide a full return on investment in just over one year.

Further, the addition of a Data Center Infrastructure Monitoring (DCIM) solution, which will monitor power usage effectiveness in real time, has helped zColo plan for long-term efficiency goals.

The installation of an intelligent cooling system monitors the computer room air conditioning (CRAC) unit status and also the aisle temperature. Bluestone Energy also implemented many airflow measures, introduced improved cooling efficiency methods that work together to cool the racks and installed a free-cooling option on three CRAC units.

"This comprehensive project significantly increases the efficiency of the data center, reduces operating expenses and decreases the likelihood of mission-critical equipment failure," observed Adam Fairbanks, vice president of engineering and business development at Bluestone Energy

By implementing all these efficiency improvements, zColo was able to shut off 14 of its data center's 27 CRAC units.

Chris Morley, president at zColo, who appeared pleased with the results of Bluestone Energy's data center efficiency solution, noted that it had resulted in reduced energy consumption of the data center and equipped zColo with tools to ensure that the data center was meeting its efficiency goals.

Bluestone Energy Services, a division of OpTerra Energy and a provider of energy conservation engineering and project development services for industrial and commercial clients, said that an energy project it completed on behalf of The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company has been recognized as the Best Multisite Retail Energy Program in New England by the Association of Energy Engineers New England.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman

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