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IBM expands data center with green touch

Posted: 26 Jun 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:green data center? Project Big Green? computing systems?

IBM Corp. announced an $86 million "green data center" expansion in its Boulder, Colorado facility to help the company and its clients reduce energy costs. The announcement said the expansion will add an 80,000 square feet of data center space to the plant.

The Big Blue is moving forward in its energy saving efforts in response to worldwide customer demand for green data centers, as well as commitments associated with the signing of a recent $480 million, five-year agreement with a major new U.S. customer account.

The IBM Boulder facility will also expand its hardened raised floor operations from approximately 225,000 square feet to more than 300,000 square feet, making it one of the largest IBM data centers in the world. The largest portion of the expansion includes converting a 100,000-square-foot office building on the Boulder campus into data center space.

"Given our geographic location, existing infrastructure reliability history, suitable available building space, highly skilled support teams, and the fact Boulder is already home to one of the corporation's premier data centers, this announcement just reaffirms IBM's view of Boulder as one of its key strategic locations," said Larry Longseth, IBM Colorado senior state executive and IBM Boulder senior location executive.

The new data center will feature many of the same technologies that IBM announced as part of Project Big Green in May, when it unveiled new energy-efficient products and services along with a plan to sharply reduce data center energy consumption.

IBM plans to install high density computing systems utilizing virtualization technology, along with its Cool Blue portfolio of energy efficient power and cooling technologies. These technologies, in conjunction with the energy efficient design and construction, will allow IBM to reduce its overall carbon footprint compared to standard data centers, and lessen the impact to the environment.

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