PROJECT CASE STUDY

Infomart Ashburn

Building redundancy from edge controllers
to enterprise energy management

BUILDING

Data center retrofit

LOCATION

Ashburn, VA

SIZE

Phase 1: 10,000 sq. ft. of a total 180,000

START DATE

2016

STATUS

Completed

Ashburn Data Center

Redundancy with growth potential

Founded in 2006, Infomart Data Centers (formerly Fortune Data Centers) is an award-winning industry leader in building, owning and operating highly efficient, cost-effective wholesale data centers. Each of its national facilities meet or exceed the highest industry standards for data centers in all operational categories of availability, security, connectivity and physical resilience.

Infomart Data Centers offers wholesale and colocation facilities in four markets throughout the United States: San Jose, Calif.; Hillsboro, Ore.; Dallas; and Ashburn, Va.

The Project

Infomart Data Centers continue their expansion into key markets across the country. In Ashburn, Virginia, an old AOL data center is being transformed into a state-of-the-art wholesale space with 15 MW of premium capacity, 2N+1 redundancy and more.

Solution: Operational technology backbone

Ashburn marks the fourth Infomart integration led by OTI, a master systems integrator and building controls contractor with projects completed in 46 states and three countries. OTI specializes in operational technology integrations to improve business performance and peace-of-mind for our partners.

As a controls contractor, OTI offers end-to-end support for upgrading existing systems as well as implementing entirely new controls.

With Phase 1 complete, OTI has connected 12,000 points from control systems in the first 10,000-square-foot data hall plus office space and chiller plant. Each point transmits data to the enterprise command center developed by OTI and the backup history servers on 5 minute intervals. Critical points transmit on 1 minute intervals.

As with most OTI projects, controls are integrated at Infomart Ashburn through an operational technology backbone made of fiber connected through Optigo Connects switches and splitters. At the system edge, OTI opted for Phoenix Contact ILC controllers because they are:

  • IP based.
  • Easily expanded with I/O modules.
  • Able to support multiple communications protocols.
  • Based in the Sedona programming language.
  • Embedded with Niagara framework.

Phoenix Contact, an international automation specialist, can provide most of the components in the control cabinet.

Results: Smart and smarter

Because Ashburn is a fully 2N+1 redundant data center, OTI’s integrations in power and cooling systems is also redundant. For example, a primary ILC controller is in constant communication with a redundant ILC controller. If an ILC has any interruption, the whole system is smart enough to switch to the redundant system with zero downtime. The secondary controller continues controlling the system and collecting critical data with no interruption.

This is OTI’s fourth integration with Infomart and the energy management dashboard can be configured to provide hierarchical access. For example, executives can easily get a high-level overview of each property, while building engineers can access data from the building they control. Infomart tenants also get access to energy usage reports and near-real-time views into their server rack space to aid in their data management strategies.

OTI has been retained for the full Ashburn project, which will be completed in four phases.