NextFort Selects Johnson Controls for Innovative Free Air Cooling System
PHOENIX, AZ, Jan 30, 2013 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
NextFort Ventures Chandler, LLC, owner and operator of a
first-of-its-kind modular data center, today announced the selection
of Johnson Controls as the supplier of an innovative free air cooling
system being deployed in NextFort's new 180,000 square foot data
center in Chandler, AZ.
Targeting a Q1 2013 opening, NextFort's unique modular approach
provides each customer with its own turnkey, financial grade data
center solution as a completely self-contained environment. Customers
benefit from flexibility and scalability in how they deploy modular
units of data center capacity underpinning their businesses and
NextFort's Phase 1 launch in March will feature availability of
130,000 sq. ft. of NextFort High-Density Computing Suites (NextFort
HCSs(TM)). These are completely self-contained, all concrete and
steel rooms designed to house up to 20 high-density IT racks for a
total IT load up to 225KW (up to 600 watts/sq ft.) Future expansion
calls for 50,000 square feet of additional HCSs that can be rapidly
NextFort worked closely with Johnson Controls to design the
highly-efficient, fully redundant direct expansion air conditioning
cooling system that does not require water. Each NextFort HCS has its
own cooling system contributing to nearly 40% better energy
efficiency compared to conventional data centers, thus reducing
energy costs for NextFort's customers.
Featuring Johnson's highly-durable York Equipment compressor, the
solution delivers maximum energy efficiently and individual control
associated with innovative free air cooling capabilities that can
scale from 0 - 100% depending on the individual needs of a customer's
Key Customer Benefits
-- Customers can start by deploying two cooling units for a 2N redundant
configuration, and easily add more (in a matter of days) as they
increase power density inside in the HCS.
-- Customers are able to choose the temperature they want to run their
HCS(s) depending on the requirements of their computing environment.
-- Each cooling system features variable-speed fans and compressor
capacity technology to drive cooling efficiency. Depending on outside
temperature, each NextFort customer can use varying amounts of outside
air (up to 100%) to supplement cooling capacity and save energy.
-- Each NextFort customer has a dedicated cooling system where power is
metered locally -- customers only pay for power related to their
individual cooling system.
-- Innovative system controls allow customers to view and operate their
cooling system remotely via a secure customer portal.
-- Customers can take advantage of NextFort's remote-hands services thus
eliminating the need for IT resources on site.
NextFort is the owner and operator of a
first-of-its-kind modular data center located in Chandler, Arizona.
Focused on the design, construction and operation of energy
efficient, highly modular, and ultra secure data centers, NextFort
has created an innovative design which facilitates the deployment by
our customers of modern, high-density computing infrastructure
services such as cloud computing. For more information visit us at
Carter B. Cromley
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