GE Critical Power Gear Supports ViaWest Data Centers


The power room at the ViaWest data center. The facility has capacity of 10 megawatts of power, with UPS configuration in a 2(N+1) configuration. (Photo:ViaWest)

GE Critical Power is providing power distribution systems to ViaWest in five of their data centers, including the Tier IV design certified Lone Mountain facility in Nevada. The Lone Mountain facility is unique in that it is the first Tier IV multi-tenant data center in North America.

ViaWest deployed a range of GE electrical distribution equipment including switchboards, panelboards, transformers and power switching equipment. GE Capital provided flexible financing, allowing ViaWest to match payments on the lease with cash inflows from new customers.

“GE’s combination of highly reliable equipment, speed to market and financing options make them an ideal partner to help fuel the growth of our innovative data centers,” said Dave Leonard, chief data center officer, ViaWest. “GE worked closely with our design engineers from the project’s inception to completion to ensure we had best-in-class electrical distribution system solutions to meet our needs.”

The Lone Mountain facility employs an adaptable mesh electrical design. It’s powered by two independent medium-voltage utility feeds serving more than 74,000 square feet of raised-floor data center space. Independent electrical paths and compartmentalization ensure that power is never compromised.

Lone Mountain’s fully redundant cooling plant features 3,000 tons of fault-tolerant capacity and 100 percent redundant continuous cooling to the raised floor in a hot aisle/cold aisle configuration, which keeps equipment running at peak performance.

There’s a quick tour of how ViaWest is using GE Critical Power.

The other facilities using GE Critical Power are:

  • the Cornell data center in Denver
  • the Synergy Park data center in Dallas
  • two new data centers under construction in Denver and Minneapolis.

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