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Oct 7 2008   3:33PM GMT

Tour of colocation company DataSite’s data center

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Last night a bunch of us Data Center World conference attendees were able to tour a new colocation facility in Orlando that DataSite will be running. I was hoping to get it on video, but alas, the folks at DataSite shut me down for security reasons. Nonetheless it was an interesting tour and building.

The facility was initially built in 1984, and DataSite spent about $3.5 million to rehab it to current data center standards. It’s a big building – 130,000 square feet – with 85,000 square feet of 3-foot raised floor space.

Joe Soroka from Total Site Solutions, who has talked in the past about getting IT and facilities folks to get along, was one of the tour directors. Total Site has worked with DataSite on the upgrades and will be maintaining the facility. He showed us around the place, taking us into the room with the jet turbine generators that had mufflers as wide as giant sewer pipes.

For those generators DataSite has two 20,000-gallon fuel tanks, in which they have white kerosene. Why not diesel? Soroka said that during a hurricane, diesel can be virtually impossible to get a hold of because it all goes to the hospitals.

There are variable frequency drives (VFDs) on the chiller pumps to save energy, and connections so that any uninterruptible power supply (UPS) can be connected to any battery module in the separate battery room.

The building also has an old loop of pipe that was once used to water-cool the mainframes. DataSite is repurposing the pipe so that high-density customers have a liquid-cooling option.

The company is offering up to 5,000-square-foot cages and up to 50,000 square feet of dedicated space. Currently the raised floor space is empty except for some Liebert equipment scattered here and there. As for customers, one of the company representatives said DataSite was hoping the tour would generate some interest. So for now, there is plenty of space available.

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  • The Doc
    I'm just wondering, why you would want a data centre in a hurricane prone environment? Its a brave person that signs off on that as their solution.
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