Closer Look: ViaWest's Tier IV Las Vegas Data Center


ViaWest's new Lone Mountain data center features a cooling system that can alternate between three methodologies, dependent upon weather conditions. The "Super-CRAC" unit in front managed a chilled water loop. (Photo: ViaWest)

ViaWest recently opened the doors at its new Lone Mountain Data Center in  north Las Vegas. The facility will offer 74,000 square feet of raised floor space within a 110,000 square foot building. It's part of a significant expansion in Las Vegas for ViaWest, which has also acquired a former CoreLink facility to further boost its presence in this market. The Lone Mountain facility is the first Tier IV designed colocation facility in North America, according to the Uptime Institute. Tier IV is the highest rating possible for a facility under Uptime's Tier system. The completion of this facility gives ViaWest more than 450,000 square feet of usable raised floor data center space across 24 data centers throughout Colorado, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, and Utah. Here's a look at some of the attributes and equipment at the new data center.


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)


Another view of the power room at the North Las Vegas data center. (Photo: ViaWest)


One of the data halls inside the Lone Mountain facility, with observation galleries looking out over the server area. (Photo: ViaWest)


Another view of the piping to support the cooling system at Lone Mountain. ViaWest has applied for a patent on the Super-CRAC cooling system. (Photo: ViaWest).