Originally designed to house mainframes and tape libraries, this legacy data center was due for a massive overhaul. The utility company also needed a way to monitor, record and compare efficiency before and after the project so they could determine which best practices to implement in an upcoming data center construction project.

We measured the data center’s baseline PUE by installing a wireless environmental sensor array by SynapSense that recorded and monitored the data center’s temperatures, humidity, and air pressure in real time and in multiple locations.

To control airflow, we custom designed more than 50 cabinets utilizing blanking systems and brush panels. The power company initially implemented cold aisle containment on one pod as an experiment before moving forward with the entire data center. The containment pod was so effective that the utility commissioned multiple pods in its three different data center locations in California.