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Emerson partners Facebook to design its new data centre in Sweden

Zafirah Salim | May 9, 2014
Luleå 2, the pilot for Facebook's new rapid deployment data centre (RDDC), will be one of the most efficient and sustainable data centres in the world, powered by 100 percent renewable energy.

Emerson Network Power, smart infrastructure technologies provider, recently announced its partnership with Facebook to design and develop the social network company’s second data centre building in Luleå, Sweden.

“Luleå 2” will be the pilot for Facebook’s new rapid deployment data centre (RDDC). According to its media statement, Facebook’s RDCC incorporates a number of modular design elements, including pre-fabricated materials and on-site assembly, which helps to speed up deployment and reduce material use.

“We worked with Facebook to understand their wants and needs, and we collectively developed an integrated, cost-effective, tailored solution,” said Scott Barbour, global business leader of Emerson Network Power. “This collaboration with Facebook illustrates our competencies in modular construction and showcases next-generation thinking. Emerson is able to deliver innovative, global, turnkey data centre solutions comprising design, construction, critical infrastructure equipment, building management system, and services.”

“Because of our relentless focus on efficiency, we are always looking for ways to optimise our data centres including accelerating build times and reducing material use,” said Jay Park, director of data centre design, Facebook. “We are excited to work with Emerson to pilot the RDDC concept in Luleå and apply it at the scale of a Facebook data center.”

Luleå 2 will span approximately 125,000 sq. ft. and Emerson will deliver over 250 shippable modules, including power skids, evaporative air handlers, a water treatment plant, and data centre superstructure solutions.

It will be built next to Facebook’s first data centre building in Luleå; and like its predecessor, Luleå 2 will be one of the most efficient and sustainable data centres in the world. Powered by 100 percent renewable energy, it also features the latest in Open Compute Project server, storage, mechanical, and electrical designs.

 

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