Unlike many data centers, power is not an issue for us. We have over 160 watts of power per sq. ft. And because our power is supplied by Anaheim’s award winning Anaheim Public Utilities, whose 2009 rates are 17% lower than they were 15 years ago, we can offer you abundant and affordable power. Many Data Centers today are struggling with meeting the power demands of current high density computing technology. With SMH Colocation, you won’t encounter this issue.
Our data center is in part of the power grid that used to also house the factory that worked on parts for the Hubble telescope. As such, the area was given a very high power allocation relative to the amount of space. Additionally, for our facility, the electric company also includes the data center parking lot in the total space calculation for determining how much power our facility can have. The end result, lots of power. At our facility, that is an average of over 160 Watts per sq.ft. Another benefit of our location is that our power is provided by Anaheim Public Utilities. This is the same utility that provides power to Disney. With Disney’s guidance, the Anaheim Public Utilities was set up to ensure that Disney had affordable, high quality and reliable power. The result is a non-profit, low cost, award winning utility. Anaheim Public Utilities is a winner of the Reliable Public Providers (RP3) award. Accounting for inflation, Anaheim’s 2009 rates are 17% lower than they were 15 years ago. The bottom line is that Anaheim Public Utilities provides more reliable and 20-40% cheaper power than Edison and other neighbors. And best of all, we have never had a power outage in our facility.
But even if the power went down, we have N+1 (at least one more than is needed at full load) power equipment at every point in our power delivery. From PDUs, to transfer switches, to UPS systems and generators, everything has at least one redundant component. We also regularly test the failover of these components, so we are sure they will work if there is a power interruption. Here again, we think we’re a step above the rest.
Full Load Testing: To do our testing, we have a 2,000 kW load bank on site. That means we can do full load testing, something few data centers can do. We also have an advantage because of our robust N+1 capacity. It allows us to do testing more often and more easily because we don’t have to worry about an interruption of service.
Our center was also designed with capacity for the redundancy. That is, even if the facility is entirely full, our four Catepillar 2500 kVA generators, capable of generating 6 Megawatts of power, would only be working at 80% capacity. What this means, is that you never have to worry about a power outage. And by the way, that generator capacity includes running the environmental systems
(cooling). Does your data center provider have enough backup power capacity for cooling too? If you’re not sure, you should ask!
16,000 Gallon Fuel Reservoir:
Another issue with backup power is that depending on the scenario, the outage can last for a long time. SMH Colocation has a 16,000 gallon fuel reservoir on site. This provides us with approximately a week of power before needing to refuel the generators. We even have contracts with 2 different refueling companies to help ensure an ongoing supply if needed.
Since the data center is set up with complete redundancy, we are one of the few data center providers that can offer completely redundant power feeds, originating off of separate PDUs that are in separate power rooms coming through separate risers. If you choose a redundant power feed option, we provide a 100% SLA on power!