Increased cooling requirements for high-density computing are prompting some data center operators to make major upgrades of their infrastructure. Sterling Network Services recently installed two new high-capacity chilled water lines for its Phoenix data center facility. The company says the project is the largest cooling installation in a commercial building in Arizona, and one of the largest in the United States, and gives Sterling a cooling capacity of more than 10,000 tons.
"To put this in perspective, the same capacity could cool more than 3,000 average homes," said Tony Wanger, Managing Director of Sterling Network Services. "The addition of these chilled water lines ensures an endlessly scalable solution for enterprises who demand the most secure, redundant and climate controlled environments for their servers and data. Sterling can meet and exceed any data center or colocation cooling requirement at virtually any level of redundancy."
Wanger said the extra capacity is driven by enterprise demand. As the power requirements of server farms, grid computing, super computing and high density storage arrays continue to mount, he said, many enterprises find themselves unable justify the significant costs of construction, power and HVAC, security resources and the telecom loop charges required to operate in-house data centers.
Sterling Network Services is focused on data center services as its primary business and owns and operates the carrier-neutral complex for single-point-of-contact control and accessibility. The chilled water lines are made available by district energy firm, Northwind Phoenix, LLC.