Range Fuels is a start up Green Energy Company that makes Biofuels. They needed a data center solution that could easily scale as their company grows.
• Build a Data Center for a growing company. Needs to Scale
• Fit Budget
• Limited Space
• Maximum Capacity
• Reusable Materials
• Energy Efficient
• Flexible Data Center Planning
• Reusable APC Cabinets with external digital readouts
• Scalable Cooling System that fits into a small footprint
• Expandable UPS
• Color Coded and Carefully Organized Wiring with Smart Wiring Covering
Working with IT Professionals.
We understand the pressures and unique challenges of today’s IT professionals. We worked with the Range Fuels team to help upgrade their previous data center at Hain-Celestial Seasonings. When it came time for them to design a data center from scratch, they asked us to help plan the project correctly from the start. The team at Range Fuels had extensive experience running network and data storage systems, they brought us in to fill in their knowledge gaps of cooling, uninterruptable power supply, data cabinets and structured wiring. Because everyone who worked on the project had an engineering background, we knew we could build a system that was a perfect fit.
One of the reasons we love working with the Range Fuels team, is because we appreciate learning from some of the best IT personnel in the business. We share ideas and work as a team to design a solution that fits their data needs as well as their budget and space constraints.
Flexibility for Changing Needs
We understand that a start up organization has shifting priorities that present a unique challenge to design. The first iteration of the Data Center design was planned around extremely aggressive growth. The team set out to build a large data center that would accommodate a fast ramp up of personnel and extremely fast uptake of fuel products. The company and the market then shifted expectations and we all went back to the drawing board. Throughout the process the IT team had to juggle changing budgets, data center locations, growth projections, and timelines. We understand that this is the norm, rather than the exception in the modern IT environment, so we helped them design and redesign the plans as priorities shifted.
We also realized that growth and flexibility would always be subject to the whim of the marketplace. We helped the IT team design a data center that would be very scalable with the number of servers and storage devices it can handle. We also helped them design a system with reusable pieces, so if the data center needs to be moved in the future, we can reassemble the pieces. We believe flexibility is essential in both the design and planning stage, and the equipment we install.
Finding the Right Vendors
We pride ourselves in sourcing equipment that meets the needs of our customers. Our data center vendor Liebert’s products didn’t fit the needs of the Range Fuels team. We evaluated the available products from other vendors and eventually agreed that APC best fit our needs. We built a relationship with APC, and agreed to sell their products because it was the best fit for our clients’ project.
We also concluded that the data needs of their system didn’t require expensive Network Cable Cat 6 cables, instead we opted for the more appropriate Cat 5E cables, saving their company money and still providing the necessary bandwidth for running the system. Little steps like using specific wire colors for each data centric task and using Chatsworth Wire Management make managing the equipment easier on the IT professionals.
Data Center Design
After several top-directed redesigns of the data center, we finally settled on the right number of cabinets, UPSs, cooling systems, and structured cable to fit their needs. We took advantage of as much space as possible by building an ultra-modern and peak efficiency system that sits directly on the floor instead of a raised platform. This allowed us to use full-height cabinets and maximize the number of server slots. The cooling systems vent to the back, keeping the systems at optimal temperature. The cabinets allow for additional power supplies and cooling units to be added as both scale. All of the data center metrics like temperature and power usage can be monitored from the cabinet displays and via a web application, so the IT professionals know at a glance if their systems are running optimally or it’s time for an upgrade.
We know how mission critical a data center is to a growing company. We also understand that function follows form, and building a system correctly from the start can save a company huge headaches in the future. That’s why we always source the best products, design and layout the best structured wiring, and work directly with our clients to choose the right design to fit their needs.