GE’s Critical Power business was recently selected to join the HP AllianceOne Partner Program, which supports alliance partners in creating the best client solutions on HP's leading technologies and platforms. As an AllianceOne member, GE has deployed four of its PowerMOD modular containers to provide double-redundant backup power to two of HP’s EcoPOD next-generation data centers for an HP customer.

Each of the four GE PowerMOD containerized systems uses GE electrical equipment including automatic transfer switches, switchboards, and transformers, along with its new TLE Series uninterruptible power supply (UPS), which provides up to 97% power efficiency in double-conversion mode and up to 99 percent efficiency in eBoost or multi-mode operation. GE’s highly efficient TLE UPS system helps lower system energy expenses and power usage effectiveness (PUE). As HP EcoPOD modular data centers can reduce annual facilities energy spend by as much as 95% with a PUE as low as 1.05, the combined efficiencies of the two modular systems are significant.

The customer evaluated both traditional brick and mortar and flexible, modular construction approaches and found that the containerized solution using the HP EcoPOD would work best by providing the lowest total cost of ownership, quickest delivery and as good or better availability. GE’s PowerMOD critical-power container also met the rigorous demands for best-in-class, energy-efficient critical-power infrastructure that could be delivered on time and on budget. Integrated together, these containers build an extremely energy-efficient data center quickly and cost-effectively.

Large mission-critical data centers housed in brick and mortar buildings are rapidly running out of capacity, and new construction is expensive and typically takes up to two years to build. The HP EcoPOD modular data system packs the equivalent of a typical 10,000-sq-ft data center into a single, pre-tested compact package that can reduce upfront capital costs by up to 75% compared to traditional facilities. GE’s ability to rapidly deliver its energy-efficient and small-footprint PowerMOD modular power container fulfills the need for speed, cost and capacity, enabling a reduction of upfront capital expense for power infrastructure by 25%. Used together, the HP EcoPOD and GE PowerMOD systems can be completely configured, deployed and commissioned in months as opposed to years—as much as 88% faster than traditional data center construction.

“Our GE PowerMOD with TLE Series UPS offers industry-leading energy efficiency with quantifiable operating expense savings and reduced PUE to support the data center innovations HP is bringing to market with their EcoPOD,” said Jeff Schnitzer, general manager, GE’s Critical Power business. “We’re pleased to be bringing these power innovations as an HP AllianceOne Partner.”

Doug Oathout, vice president, channel and alliances, enterprise marketing, HP, said, “A reliable backup power supply is vital to customers running mission-critical operations. With GE’s Critical Power division in the HP AllianceOne program, we can work together to address these needs and come up with the most innovative, efficient solutions possible.”

The GE PowerMOD modular power container provides backup critical power from 200 kilowatts (kW) to 1,500 kW to keep mission-critical data center applications up and running. Available in standard sizing with easy customizations, GE PowerMOD’s mobile containerized design can provide backup power wherever it is needed. In addition to supporting HP’s modular data centers, applications for the GE PowerMOD include providing incremental backup critical power to traditional data centers to allow unused “white-floor” space to be populated with new server capacity.

GE and HP will present a session titled, “Benefits of Fully Modular Data Centers,” at the 7x24 Exchange Fall Conference on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, in San Antonio, TX.