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Fortune Data Centers Participates in PG&E’s High Tech Energy Efficiency Program

August 10
19:59 2009

Web Hosting NewsSan Jose, Calif. – Fortune Data Centers, which provides premium wholesale data center space for corporate customers, announced today that the energy efficiency measures which Fortune has implemented as part of the company’s participation in PG&E’s High Tech Energy Efficiency program will save 10,448,592 Kilowatts per year—equivalent to powering 1,500 homes annually or the reduction of 4,200 tons of CO2, as calculated by PG&E.

PG&E’s High Tech Energy Efficiency program provides technical services and analysis of energy efficiency measures to companies like Fortune Data Centers. The California utility offers incentives for a broad portfolio of technologies, including virtualization/consolidation, massive array of idle disks (MAID) data storage systems, high efficiency power conditioning and delivery equipment, PC network management software, and strategies for lowering air conditioning energy use and costs.

[swfobj src=”” width=”300/250″ class=”border: 1px solid grey;” align=”right”] An independent engineering firm analyzed the design documents for Fortune’s flagship data center project in San Jose, then provided Fortune and PG&E estimates of energy savings. Fortune Data Centers received an incentive award of over $900,000 from PG&E to partially offset the premium costs of the energy efficiency design improvements which Fortune implemented.

Fortune Data Centers reconstructed a former clean room facility and built it into a highly efficient data center with an exceptional Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.37—far superior to the industry average PUE of 2.0, and better than the EPA’s 2011 target PUE of 1.45 for state-of-the-art enterprise-class data centers. To achieve such a rating, Fortune Data Centers invested in highly-efficient infrastructure components, selecting critical components such as Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPSs) based on their energy efficiency ratings.

Mechanical improvements included Fortune’s redesigning the cooling system to minimize the power required for air distribution. Rather than use a traditional raised floor, Fortune elected to supply cold air from an overhead plenum to take advantage of the natural density of cold air and the buoyancy of hot air. Other steps included changing the coils in the air handlers to improve energy efficiency.

“We are firmly committed to energy efficiency while minimizing our impact on the environment, which is exemplified in our San Jose facility,” said Fortune Data Centers CEO, John Sheputis. “And, a big priority is reducing costs for our customers. Our data center is one of the most advanced, energy-efficient data centers in Silicon Valley and allows us to pass along significant cost savings to our customers.”

“PG&E commends Fortune Data Centers for renovating its existing facility into a world class energy-efficient data center,” said Mark Bramfitt, principal program manager for high tech programs for PG&E. “For more than 30 years, PG&E has worked with our customers to help them become more energy efficient and save money. We are proud to have provided technical assistance and financial incentives to support Fortune’s commitment to energy efficiency.”

About Fortune Data Centers
Fortune Data Centers was founded to create a class of industrial grade data centers for corporate clients seeking a cost-effective alternative to the prospect of in-house development and facility management. Fortune’s San Jose facility is designed to provide best in class reliability and total value for large scale deployments of mission critical applications. The property meets or exceeds the toughest industry standards for data centers-in all operational categories of availability, security, connectivity, and physical resilience. Fortune is a privately held company, founded in 2006.

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