(Note: The following has been submitted as a
guest post to CommScope Blogs by John Ford, Sabey Data Centers’ vice president and general manager of Intergate.Seattle.
Opinions and comments provided in this guest post, as with all posts to
CommScope Blogs, are that of the author and do not necessarily reflect the
views of CommScope. This post was originally published on February
28, 2018. Sabey is a member of CommScope’s Mutli
Tenant Data Center (MTDC) Alliance, part of
the PartnerPRO Network.)
efficiency is the holy grail for data center owners and operators seeking low
operational expense and minimal environmental impact. However, according to the
Natural Resources Defense Council, data centers in the U.S. alone are projected
to consume 139 billion kilowatt-hours by 2020, placing potential strain on the
environment as well as facilities’ bottom lines.
Ford, Sabey Data Centers’ vice president and general manager of
Intergate.Seattle, recently discussed the various strategies employed at the
facility to conserve energy and reduce cost. During the interview, John shared
information about the history of Sabey Data Centers and its position on energy
conservation and environmental responsibility, as well as how today’s trends
affect data center energy consumption.
many are quick to blame data centers for consuming excessive amounts of power,
John strongly believes that they are the most energy-efficient option for data
“It’s an interesting paradox because there is so
much data being generated, and there’s an awful lot of concern about how power
is being utilized to store this information. Data centers function as central
repositories for the copious amounts of data produced by burgeoning industry
trends such as the Internet of Things and Big Data.
While it is undisputed that these colocation
facilities use a great deal of power, this approach is much more
energy-efficient than dispersing data across a wide range of smaller buildings.
Simply put, it is the best and most energy efficient way to store information.”
CLICK TO TWEET: CommScope partner Sabey talks about the future of energy-efficient data center design.
exploring the possibility of straining available energy resources, John says
it’s important to turn to renewable sources and use them in a wise and
“There are so many renewable resources available
that there’s no shortage of energy, and there won’t be for the foreseeable
future. However, using that energy efficiently is incredibly important. It’s
paramount that we take care to ensure the energy we have is being used in smart
and effective ways.”
for Intergate.Seattle, its proximity to
multiple renewable energy resources in the Pacific Northwest places it in a
prime position to take advantage of “free” cooling techniques.
“In the Northwest, we are blessed with having a lot
of hydro power, which is a low cost, renewable, energy alternative. However,
just having the power available isn’t a positive thing unless you’re using it
conservatively. To achieve this, we have implemented multiple energy
conservation techniques and use more efficient cooling and UPS systems that run
on the least amount of fuel possible.”
has always approached data center power consumption from a place of innovation
and environmental responsibility.
“Our construction company started out building
pretty unique facilities ever since the 1970s, and Dave and John Sabey have
always looked for new ways to build infrastructure that is more efficient and
has less of an impact on the environment. Sabey Data Centers also pioneered
cooling research in the early 2000s as the industry discovered that many
facilities were in fact being over cooled utilizing inefficient methods. By
developing and implementing new cooling techniques that use thermodynamics to
their advantage, we maintained the design philosophy of keeping it simple.”
Intergate.Seattle is the largest,
privately-owned multi-tenant data center complex on the West Coast and Sabey
Data Centers’ flagship data center property. The facility comprises two
campuses, eight buildings and more than 1.3 million square-feet of data center
the industry continues to develop and utilize more innovative technologies and
techniques that improve the energy efficiency of data center facilities, the
future is looking bright.
“This really is an exciting time to be involved in
the data center industry. I look forward to seeing what the future will hold as
new trends and technologies emerge.”