Caleb Tennis Data Cave’s design is just what Cisco ordered

April 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Cisco's gree Data Center HallTwo newsworthy items came out of Cisco last week.  The first was that Cisco was shutting down the $550 million dollar Flip camera business as part of an internal reorganization.

The second, and more pertinent, was that they released some specifications around their new Cloud Data Center in Allen, Texas.  The data center has a number of features, including:

  • rotary flywheels in lieu of batteries for the uninterruptable power supply (UPS)
  • an air-side economizer Cisco estimates can use ambient outside air instead of mechanical cooling 65 percent of the time, resulting in $600,000 annual savings in cooling costs.
  • 100 kilowatts of rooftop solar power for the building’s offices.
  • the ability to withstand tornado winds up to 175 mph.

Very interesting indeed.  Data Cave utilizes flywheels, uses water side economization (which we argue is better than air-side), and can withstand winds up to 207 mph.  You could say that they copied our model pretty closely, in fact.

This announcement validates that our vision, from 2 years ago when we first start construction, is in line with what Cisco says is needed today for cloud centric data centers.

You can even see by the picture too that they are not using raised floors, but overhead ducting.  Again, something we pursued from the start.

We think that this shows that Data Cave’s choice of design is well suited for the coming years cloud centric computing loads.

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