Internap Continues Green Data Center Push with New York City Facility
Green Expansion in Premium Manhattan Location Provides Customers with New Levels of Efficiency for Business-Critical Internet Applications
ATLANTA, July 8, 2009 — Internap Network Services Corporation (NASDAQ: INAP), a global provider of end-to-end Internet business solutions, announced today several green initiatives undertaken as part of the expansion of the company’s data center located in the premier carrier hotel in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. The N+1 rated facility, which now offers an additional 8500 square feet of data center space, was outfitted with the industry’s newest energy-efficient systems. The overall size of the raised floor space in this facility now measures 33,500 square feet.
“The implementation of green initiatives in this high-demand NYC locale has provided our Manhattan customers with a data center that is 15 – 20 percent more energy efficient than one using conventional technologies,” said Internap General Manager and VP of Data Center Operations Mike Higgins. “By improving operating efficiencies within the data center infrastructure, Internap has increased the amount of power available for customer IT loads. In today’s environment, providing customers a higher density power solution is a key differentiator in the marketplace.”
The Manhattan facility has been fitted with an ultrasonic humidification system, which uses less energy than traditional methods for balancing humidity. Energy-efficient electronically commutated (EC) fans and variable frequency drives (VFDs) within the air conditioning systems were also installed. EC fans provide an immediate energy savings of up to 30 percent over units using conventional technology, while VFDs adjust motor speed to better match output requirements, resulting in further energy savings. An Energy Management System (EMS) was also integrated to monitor and control all critical infrastructure in the data center. This system balances AC units, space temperatures, humidity and other controls to ensure systems work in unison.
As a result of undertaking these green initiatives, Internap anticipates rebate checks from the New York State Energy Research and Development Organization (NYSERDA) in recognition of the energy-efficient enhancements.
“More and more companies are seeking ways to operate in a green environment. Both state and federal governments continue to increase the number of rebates for green initiatives in the data center. We plan to take advantage of those opportunities now and in the future,” Higgins said.
According to a recent review, Tier1 Research Senior Analyst Jason Schafer reported that, “Tier1’s industry sources indicate that (Internap’s) 111 8th Ave. Building is one of the top five power draws for Con Edison, the electrical utility provider. The Internap expansion represents approximately 1.3MW of additional critical power in a severely constrained downtown NY market.”
Internap’s NYC facility is one of nine company-controlled data center locations and is fully integrated with the company’s Performance IP™ networking and content delivery network (CDN).