The Planet Spends $3M for Generators

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The Planet said today that it will invest $3 million in new backup generators for its six data centers. As part of its initial investment, the huge dedicated hosting specialist has added two new Cummins generators at its Dallas data centers for increased backup capacity and redundancy.

The new generators will be installed at all The Planet’s data centers, although the company did not provide a timetable for when the additional generators would be in place. There have been lengthy backlogs for large diesel generators, with a number of data center providers reporting delays of up to a year for 2-megawatt units. Huge demand for generators from Korea and China is a significant factor in the delays. For veteran data center operators like The Planet, existing vendor relationships and long-term planning are typically key in managing generator supply and demand.


“In our business, the quality of our IT infrastructure sets the stage for how we support our customers’ businesses,” said Chairman and CEO Douglas J. Erwin. “Uptime is critical to business operations, and we understand the important role we play in maintaining the IT infrastructure backbone for our more than 22,000 customers. The Planet continues to make significant investments that support the more than 45,000 dedicated servers housed across six world-class data centers so that our customers have access to state-of-the-art facilities.”

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.