Hewlett-Packard Data Center
Hewlett Packard (HP) decided to take on the ambitious goal of consolidating their existing 85 data centers across the nation into 6 larger data centers, located in 3 U.S. cities. Due to their ease of access and relatively low chance of natural disasters, HP chose Houston and Austin, Texas, and Atlanta. In addition, Austin was selected due to its availability and affordability of space, power and network bandwidth. Austin is home to a number of data centers and is known for its tech-savvy population.
The Austin centers were designed to be completely managed remotely, referred to as “lights out”, if necessary. They also utilize smart cooling technology which will result in up to 25 percent cost savings. “White space” houses the HP servers which is supported by the “service core”. This service core is comprised of receiving, storage, de-trash, build-areas and demarcation rooms.
Design and construction were “fast-tracked” allowing delivery of the buildings within a tight schedule.