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This Colocation Provider Turned to CPI’s Cold Aisle Containment Solution. The Result: Power Usage Was Cut in Half

November 06, 2013

Hostirian Case StudyIt’s no news that the electric bill is often the highest bill in a data center. And with data center traffic expected to increase threefold within four years, having an efficient solution in place is a must.

This is even more crucial for colocation providers, which have to juggle rising electricity bills and their customers wanting to spend less money.

St. Louis-based colocation provider, Hostirian, was facing all of these issues at once. Managing 40,000 domains, 5,000 servers and more than 30,000 square feet of data center space, the company’s increasing energy use was becoming a huge burden to its return on investment. The electric bill was the largest bill. 

That’s when Hostirian turned to Chatsworth Products' (CPI) Aisle Containment Solutions, which use unique thermal management methods to increase energy savings in data centers. The company decided to implement a Cold Aisle Containment Solution (CAC) to move everything to cold row containment. An important detail of the installation was having doors to segregate hot and cold air. 

Hostirian Cold Aisle Containment“When you open that pod door, you can tell you’re walking into a controlled environment from the ambient environment.” Ken Cox, vice president of operations for Hostirian said.

“We have the same gear, same IT load. We moved it from a mixed air data center to our CAC solution—the same PDU went from 18 amps at 208 to 9 amps at 208. It’s the same load, doing the same functions. The result is a much more efficient data center,” stated Cox.

Equipment is now organized and secured in a clean and well-designed environment. In just a few short months, this upgrade resulted in multiple clients putting in bids for Hostirian’s space.

Read all the details of this success story here

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist

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