Inside HP’s Huge Tulsa Data Center
September 24th, 2009 By: Rich Miller
Yesterday marked a transition for EDS, which was officially rebranded as HP Enterprise Services. There’s been a lot of coverage of the business and employment impact of the deal. But the acquisition also brought some exceptional data center facilities, including the Service Management Center (SMC) built by EDS in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Earlier this year the Tulsa data center opened an expansion that doubled its size to 179,000 square feet, including 80,000 square feet of raised-floor space that can house more than 12,000 servers. HP has released a video providing a look inside the Tulsa facility. While not a full tour, the video reviews some of the energy efficiency features and offers views of the raised-floor area (check out the chimneys on the high-density cabinets) and water cooling system, including a look inside the cooling towers.
HP also will benefit from a data center being built by EDS/HP Enterprise in Wynyard, England which features use an unusual architecture for its free cooling system, treating the entire 12-foot high first floor of the facility as a cold air plenum, with the server cabinets housed on the second floor. The 305,000 square foot facility in Wynyard is being called “Eco 2″ for its energy efficiency features.
Sounds like they should use Norlinx software for outlet level monitoring. They are the only company I’ve seen that truly gets it right.
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