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Data Center Sustainability

The University's data centers run 24/7, so sustainability and energy efficiency are important factors in their design and management. The Primary Data Center is rated to perform 42% above code, reducing the University's energy costs by $101,000 annually.

Annual energy savings = energy consumed by 100+ single-family homesSustainable Features

Cooling system: Designed to take advantage of Rochester's moderate climate—When the outside temperature drops below 47°F, water chillers are powered off and a heat exchanger keeps the data centers cool

Building management system: Monitors and controls all Data Center facilities automatically, adjusting more than 2,000 control points to optimize systems efficiency and reduce operational costs

Raised floor: Optimizes airflow and heat dissipation, allowing the computing equipment to run more efficiently

White roof: Designed to reflect heat from the sun and keep the building cool

Fire suppression system: Uses an environmentally friendly gaseous agent

Lighting: Low-wattage, high-efficiency reduces electrical costs and heat loads

Generators: Dual-redundant, low-emissions generators supply power efficiently to the Primary and Research Data Centers if utility power is lost

System/Server virtualization: Enables consolidation of resources to reign in hardware acquisition and power consumption costs while ensuring scalability for future growth