Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

EDS Sets 'Green' Standard with Tulsa Center Renovation

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

EDS Sets 'Green' Standard with Tulsa Center Renovation

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They seem almost polar opposites, the EDS data centers in Tulsa and Wynyard, United Kingdom, but together they represent state-of- the-art examples in making data centers "green."

In Wynyard, the Hewlett-Packard subsidiary converted a modern, 300,000-square-foot warehouse into a reported $49.1 million complex designed almost from the ground up for environmentally friendly operations. Sitting just five miles from the North Sea, EDS utilized its steady stream of cold ocean breezes to neutralize the server farm's generated heat and reduce anticipated annual energy costs by 40 percent over conventional data centers.

"Our center in the U.K. is probably the premier efficient data center in the world, based on its projected energy efficiency," said Ed Kettler, a fellow in the EDS CTO office. "It's very much a 'take advantage of Mother Nature' approach to a data center."

The setting of its older Tulsa facility, on the other hand, presented harsh challenges to reducing its environmental costs. Not only do Oklahoma skies often rise above 100 degrees, but the 400,000- square-foot complex had to be built to withstand F5 tornado winds.

With its just-completed retrofit, Kettler said the EDS Service Management Center offers a new standard for remodeling older server farms.

"This is a good example of how we would modernize an existing facility as equipment ages and becomes more of a maintenance issue and an operational reliability issue," he said. "EDS prides itself on high reliability for clients."

Using a Tulsa County tax incentive district approved two years ago, EDS added two 40,000-square-foot buildings to double the size of its data center, which it originally took over from Sabre Holdings in 2001.

Kettler said EDS spent more money on this expansion than conventional system equivalents might require, with hopes to secure 20- to 30-percent lower long-term operating costs. The company would not discuss final construction costs or employment.

Their efforts started with 3-D computer-aided design modeling to reduce friction-causing bends and minimize raw material use in its conduit runs and piping layouts.

The Dallas-based technology services company did a lot of on- site work to minimize ground disturbance, protect its wetland preserve, contain light pollution and recycle landscaping materials. …

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