Saturday, May 15, 2021

Sun’s Green Efforts Teach a Lesson

Sun Microsystems took the lessons from its Santa Clara, Calif. datacenter revamp from last year one step further into a huge consolidation project in Broomfield, Colo. While the moves represent bottom line efficiency gains for Sun (NASDAQ: JAVA), the experience also now serves as a model for its customers on how to maximize datacenter efficiency.

After its acquisition of StorageTek in 2005, Sun found itself with two datacenters in Colorado. They were also rather old and used outdated design ideas, so Sun took the fixer-up’er house approach: just gut the whole thing and start over.

“Depending on age of the building, a lot of times you need to gut it,” Dean Nelson, senior director of global lab & datacenter design services (GDS) at Sun told InternetNews.com. “The traditional way of datacenter design won’t accommodate what’s coming. Densities are king and they have to deal with those spot loads.”

Much of what Sun did in Colorado was built on the huge overhaul of its Santa Clara facility, which was compressed from 200,000 square feet to 80,000 square feet while improving performance and lowering power costs. Sun took that and applied the same lessons to Broomfield.

The result is Sun going from 496,000 of square footage down to just 126,000. But it’s also reduced power consumption by one million kilowatt hours per month while incorporating seven megawatts of power capacity that can scale up to 40 percent higher, and incorporated the latest green technologies throughout the facility. These lessons are now available as a guide to customers.

The first thing that went was the raised floor. Sun dumped all but 700 square feet of it. The reason? The servers are so dense these days they are extremely heavy and the raised floor needs significant reinforcement to hold the weight.

Also, the idea of a raised floor just doesn’t work any more, said Nelson. The concept is cold air runs under the floor and up through holes at the base of the computer, which then sucks in the cold air at its base.

The result is Sun going from 496,000 of square footage down to just 126,000. But it’s also reduced power consumption by one million kilowatt hours per month while incorporating seven megawatts of power capacity that can scale up to 40 percent higher, and incorporated the latest green technologies throughout the facility. These lessons are now available as a guide to customers.

The first thing that went was the raised floor. Sun dumped all but 700 square feet of it. The reason? The servers are so dense these days they are extremely heavy and the raised floor needs significant reinforcement to hold the weight.

Also, the idea of a raised floor just doesn’t work any more, said Nelson. The concept is cold air runs under the floor and up through holes at the base of the computer, which then sucks in the cold air at its base.

This article was first published on InternetNews.com. To read the full article, click here.

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