Howard Yates, Senior Project Manager at Edgecore Networks, knew that his company wanted to build the most cost-effective and energy-efficient data center that it could. He set a standard based on a simple scenario: a potential tenant should be able to walk in and immediately envision their server racks filling the space.
Why did Edgecore, an industry-leading developer and provider of open networking hardware and software products, choose Mitsubishi Electric? "We needed a home run," recalls Garrison Beall, Edgecore’s Commercial Director of Construction, about the choice for the company’s first data center. "We needed a company to provide good customer service and good cost-effective solutions that we knew and our customers knew we could rely on."
Mitsubishi Electric provided the UPS, HVAC system, and elevators.
Reliable power is paramount to a data center, as Yates and his team know full well. "Our reputation would be adversely affected if power goes out." The uninterrupted power supply is essential for the backup battery that maintains critical power for the Edgecore data center’s tenants.
Mitsubishi Electric installed four of its City Multi VRF air conditioning outdoor units on the roof, offering both heat pump and heat recovery technology. These units provide heating and cooling for the 47,000-square-foot facility. The capability of the technology still impresses Yates. "That’s amazing. It’s 40 tons of cooling from that system."
Elevators are a part of everyday life for many of us in our offices. But at a data center, the demands placed on them are far higher—and heavier. "We have cabinets that are two-to-three thousand pounds," Yates explains. Mitsubishi Electric’s reliable and durable elevators are therefore vital for transporting substantial equipment to service tenants.
The success of Edgecore’s first building helped set the stage for future expansion. Next, it plans to develop and build seven more data centers. Partnering with Mitsubishi Electric makes the success of new construction achievable without any compromise on performance or efficiency.