Schneider Electric has announced the successful installation of 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, a leading ICT provider that provides data centre, 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.
“The EcoBreeze solution was the perfect fit for our new colocation facility because of its robust, redundant, modular design and its flexibility in offering several cooling options,” says Jeff Edward, vice president of engineering and operations at Cogeco Data Services. “At our Barrie facility, we plan to take advantage of free cooling as much as possible to reduce energy usage. EcoBreeze enables us to do this while also giving us the room to scale quickly and effectively as we continue to grow.”
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.
“The EcoBreeze’s modular architecture and ISO Shipping frame based construction, allowed our team to design, fabricate and place the units in a fraction of the time necessary for a custom site assembled solution,” said Vello Ehvert, president, Ehvert Mission Critical.
Schneider Electric’s EcoBreeze units have the unique 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.
“Cogeco Data Services’ new Barrie data center is clearly a market leader in terms of using state-of-art technology to minimize environmental impact, providing maximum uptime and best serving the needs of its customers,” says Daniel Peloquin, president, Canada Operations, Schneider Electric. “The EcoBreeze solution is an important part of this puzzle by allowing Cogeco Data Services to take advantage of a modular design for increased capacity and redundancy and most importantly, helping Cogeco Data Services maximize energy efficiency.”
The new 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.