Schneider Electric, has installed its EcoBreeze modular, indirect evaporative cooling solution at a new colocation and cloud services facility in Barrie, Canada. The facility is operated by Cogeco Data Services, an ICT provider that provides data center, managed IT, cloud and connectivity services to some of Canada's largest companies and public sector organizations.
Formally starting operations today, the new 10-MW facility will eventually feature a total of sixteen EcoBreeze units as it expands. By offering flexible, energy-efficient cooling options, Schneider Electric’s EcoBreeze solution will enable Cogeco Data Services to meet stringent energy efficiency goals.
Ehvert Mission Critical was the strategic partner selected by Cogeco to deliver the new data center. The limited space on the property presented the challenge of adapting the EcoBreeze system to a roof based configuration. Ehvert undertook the detailed design and construction of a series of dedicated structural frames to support the systems above the existing building structure.
Schneider Electric’s EcoBreeze units have the ability to automatically switch between two economizer options, air-to-air and indirect evaporative heat exchange, depending on the variability of outside ambient air temperature. This provides the most energy efficient cooling method possible by optimizing the total number of hours available for full or partial free cooling. The units are installed outside of the data center, on the roof of the facility, taking up zero whitespace and enabling easy expansion and serviceability.
The Cogeco Data Services facility is also utilizing the following Schneider Electric data center solutions:
Schneider Electric’s touch safe, modular power distribution architecture, which enables moves, add-ons and changes without having to shut down panel boards;
Schneider Electric’s Symmetra 1.6 Megawatt uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, which helps provide energy efficient, modular, scalable, three-phase power protection for Cogeco Data Services’ mission-critical environment;
StruxureWare data center infrastructure management software (DCIM), which provides an instant overview of data center operations through inventory management, a PUE calculator, real-time device alarms, and location-based drill-down.