Security is the ruling consideration for Tech Vault’s data center, which opened late last month, in South Burlington, Vermont. But that doesn’t mean that there’s no room to run the facility in an energy efficient way.
Unsurprisingly, the window-less, hardened facility with backup fiber connectivity exemplifies the “no expense spared” credo of ultra-secure data centers with corporate clients that handle critical personal and competitively desirable (i.e. theft-worthy) data. Green IT is a close second, however.
Tech Vault contracted with Efficiency Vermont, a consultancy firm that specializes in energy efficient business operations, to keep energy usage in check, according to this Burlington Free Press article. The company helped Tech Vault outfit its facility with in-row cooling, efficient chillers and fans and sensors. The result is a facility that’s a lock for LEED Gold certification.
It goes to show that high security and Green IT go great together. In fact, it simply makes good financial sense for every type of data center. Efficiency Vermont’s Tim Perrin, the Tech Vault project’s point man, puts it succinctly:
“A lot of people think energy efficiency is about sacrifice,” he said. “It doesn’t have to be.”
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