Roundup: Active Power, Symform, C7, Superior

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Here’s our review of noteworthy links for the data center industry for January 25th:

Active Power Flywheels Picked for 415V System – Flywheel UPS specialists Active Power (ACPW) has been selected by a utility company for four of its high efficiency CleanSource 1000 kVA UPS systems. The utility deployed the critical backup power equipment at its datacenter facility in North America late last year to provide both power conditioning and protection to the mission critical site. The customer chose a 415 volt/240 volt power design instead of the North America standard 480 volt. This design approach eliminates voltage transformation at the power distribution unit level and the need for additional transformation equipment, resulting in significant improvements to overall datacenter energy efficiency.To help meet design requirements, Active Power configured its CleanSource UPS to 415 volt and secured Underwriter Laboratories (UL) certification on the system. The system also underwent a shaker table test to meet stringent seismic code requirements due to the location of the datacenter. From press release.

Symform Raises $2 Million for Cloud Storage – Symform has secured an additional $2 million investment from WestRiver Capital, rounding out Symform’s Series A funding to $7.5 million. Symform offers up to 200GB of free storage, and has created a global, peer-to-peer data storage network that allows users to contribute unused, local storage in exchange for free or flat fee cloud storage. With Symform, users decide how much storage space they want to contribute and can receive up to 200GB of free cloud storage for registering, contributing and referring friends or colleagues.

Loma Linda Selects C7 Data Centers – C7 Data Centers has been selected to provide data center colocation services to Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC). This multi-year service contract was awarded following a national evaluation process involving multiple data center service providers by DataCenterAndColocation, a San Diego based colocation consulting company. Loma Linda University Medical Center is home to some of the nation’s largest clinical programs, providing Whole Person Care for more than 33,000 inpatients and for .75 million outpatients annually. “Loma Linda University Medical Center chose C7 based on multiple factors and the responses from a comprehensive RFP generated by our colocation consulting company”, said John Giaquinta, President of DataCenterAndColocation.

Company plans Cleveland data center development – Superior Technology Partners LLC, based in Columbus, hopes to buy 2.25 acres of a 14-acre site in Cleveland and build a data center there. In 2009, the state chose the site, including land once slated for a technology center, for its hospital project. The city spent millions of dollars clearing the property and preparing it for construction. But the Ohio Department of Mental Health dropped the project last year, in favor of the less-costly option of renovating a Summit County hospital. Now Superior Technology Partners could buy a slice of the property and build a $35 million to $40 million facility, which might comprise 80,000 square feet and create 40 “high-paying jobs,” said Tracey Nichols, the city’s economic development director.

About the Author

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.