SunGard Keeps Growing in Philadelphia

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A view of the rooftop chilled water system for SunGard Availability Services’ Spring Garden Data Center, with a view of the Philadelphia skyline n the background.

Philadelphia has long been a major base of operations for SunGard Availability Services. The company continues to expand its data center operations in the city, and last week showed off its newest facility at 1500 Spring Garden Street, complete with rooftop cooling units to use outside air to cool customer servers during the winter.

The new 12,000 square foot data center is the latest expansion at the Spring Garden site, where SunGard has grown rapidly since opening its first facility in the building in 2009. The company expects to ultimately deploy up to 12 megawatts of data center capacity at the 12-story, 1.1 million square foot building.  The Spring Garden expansion added over 12,000 square feet of additional raised floor, providing additional capacity for SunGard’s Enterprise Cloud Services as well as SunGard’s Recover2Cloud, a suite of managed recovery services.

“The Spring Garden expansion demonstrates our continuing commitment to expanding our infrastructure and delivering the uptime and resiliency customers need for mission-critical applications,” said Larry Coble, senior vice president and general manager, recovery services at SunGard Availability Services. “It is purpose-built for production and recovery services that help ensure availability of applications on secure, compliant platforms.”

Major Presence in Philadelphia

The presence at Spring Garden expands on SunGard’s existing facilities at 401 North Broad Street and 833 Chestnut Street, giving SunGard more than 350,000 square feet of space for its Philadelphia operations. SunGard occupies seven floors at 401 North Broad, Philadelphia’s leading carrier hotel. The new site two blocks away at Spring Garden additional power capacity to host customer installations with higher power densities.

The SunGard expansion space includes a number of efficiency features,including:

  • Two 500-ton Trane eco chillers for free cooling in the winter months
  • Hot aisle containment via a chimney cabinet solution
  • Central humidification system for improved efficiency over traditional HVAC humidification
  • Zone motion sensors for lighting
  • Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) tracking built into the automation system
  • Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) reduction for generators to reduce emissions

SunGard’s managed IT services allow customers to run business systems and applications at a SunGard facility rather than build and support their own data centers. In addition to redundant power and cooling infrastructure for IT equipment, SunGard also provides office space for employee workstations in the event of a business disruption. The company has more than 5 million square feet of operations space.

A close look at the customer cabinets inside SunGard Availability Services’ data center located at 1500 Spring Garden, Philadelphia, PA.

About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large 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.

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  1. Wow, this data center is impressive! I'm going to have to plan a visit soon! Don Anderson