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ASCO: Power Reliability, Computer Performance Join Hands at Benchmark Telx Data Campus
Clifton, N.J. — May 28, 2015 — It was inevitable: Power reliability now stands beside computer equipment performance as an equal partner in delivering 100 percent data center services availability.
"Telx carefully planned, effectively constructed, rigorously tested, and carefully maintains our cloud connection centers and stands behind that effort, offering our clients a 100 percent uptime SLA," said Rich Coleman, director of construction at Telx, a data center colocation services company headquartered in New York.
Besides power reliability, power quality also is an essential element in the power supply equation, whether it's from the normal source or onsite. It is critical to prolonging customers' colocation equipment lifecycles.
So no matter how it's sliced, protected, and conditioned, power needs to be a crucial part of a top-notch data center infrastructure. To get it done required a new approach.
Michael Terlizzi, executive vice president of engineering and construction at Telx, said, "Our goal when we embarked on the NJR3 project was to set a new benchmark for design and construction of data center facilities in New Jersey, and by all accounts we achieved that goal."
It has, in fact, become the flagship in the company's fleet of 20 centers across the U.S., growing to more than 1.1 million square feet.
The 8.8-acre Clifton, N.J., campus consists of two buildings totaling nearly 500,000 square feet and sits outside the FEMA 500-year flood plain. The campus boasts unparalleled security, utility feeds delivered from diverse generating stations, and a robust 2N UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) architecture.
At this writing, it stands as the only Tier III constructed colocation facility in the New York/New Jersey metro area.
Four isolated ASCO paralleling switchgear enclosures allow for 2N power paths to critical loads during switchgear maintenance windows, which is one of several features that exceed the Tier III requirements.
Telx, Highland Associates, which was the project's consulting engineer, and ASCO collaborated on developing power switching and controls solutions for the campus' demanding power reliability requirements.