From legacy data centre to a model of efficiency

As the second largest managed health care company in the United States, Anthem Inc.’s primary and largest data center was experiencing growing pains typical of many legacy data centers—ensuring newer, higher-density equipment would have enough space, power and cooling—while keeping costs down. The company turned to Chatsworth Products (CPI) for a total service and product solution.

Located in Richmond, Va., the 1,000-cabinet data centerwas configuredin traditional open air, hot/cold aislesand generated more than 82 percent of the electricity costs.The challengewas to make dramatic improvements in such a large, established data center.

“Capital One was building a modern data center nearby. Through anetworking opportunity, I was able to take a tour and saw Chatsworth products everywhere,” explains Dean Wagstaff, Director of Data Center Operation at Anthem. “They talked about CPI’s capabilities,products—particularly the cabinet and PDU—engineering, and value-addedservices as well. An unbiased opinion from those responsible for the sitecarried a lot of credibility.”

Wagstaff worked closely with Anixter, a distributor partner, evaluating products from several manufacturers.When the CPI team provided Computational Fluid Dynamics (CDF) models—a complimentary service of CPI— providing a visual illustration and considering the data center as whole, Anthemknew CPI was the clear winner.

The path to improvement began with a complete containment strategy atboth the cabinet and aisle level, composed of CPI products that are now astandard specification for all Anthem data centers.

For airflow containment at the aisle level, the flexibility and onsite customization features of CPI’s Build to Spec Kit (BTS) Hot Aisle Containment provided an ideal solution forhot exhaust air generated by existing, multi-vendor cabinets. For new cabinet installations, Anthem’s data centers now include CPI’s GF-Series GlobalFrame® Gen 2 Cabinet with VerticalExhaust Duct for cabinet-level containment, Monitored eConnect® Power Distribution Units for remote power management and several cable management accessories such as floor grommets.

Since implementation three years ago, Anthem has experiencedsignificant improvements.“We will continue investing inair containment strategies, resulting in increased yearly savings, which arealready outstanding. Overall, it has been a great investment.” says Wagstaff.

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