The California Department of Technology (CDT) data centers serve as the Tier III equivalent data centers for State, county, federal and local government entities throughout California. The state-owned Rancho Cordova data center is approximately 42,000 square feet and serves as the State’s primary production data center and a disaster recovery site for the Vacaville data center.
The data centers are designed to Uptime Institute’s Tier III equivalent standards, and provide stable environments, enhanced security, fire suppression equipment and alarms, uninterruptible power supply (UPS) with redundant generators (at uptime of 99.982%, 1.6 hours downtime per year), in a fault-tolerance design at N+1 minimum up to 2N maximum, with 72 hour power outage protection, high-speed network connectivity, and a 24x7x365 Service Desk.
- Intelligent energy management systems allow CDT to automatically and dynamically control the behavior and performance of precision cooling equipment in the Computer Room to meet desired goals.
- Real time monitoring and control of precision cooling, power, UPS, leak detection, control panels and other critical equipment allows quick equipment assessment and corrective action.
- Hot aisle/cold aisle design prevents hot exhaust air from passing from one row of servers to the next or creating hot spots on the raised floor. Hot spots impact the ability to achieve the efficient operating conditions recommended by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers Technical Committee 9.9 guidelines (ASHRAE TC 9.9).
- Overhead cable management reduces subfloor plenum airflow obstructions to increase cooling efficiency.
- Redundant power is used to minimize downtime, maximize uptime, by allowing IT equipment to run using the backup power supply system when a problem occurs with the first power supply system.
- The Rancho Cordova data center was the recipient of two 2012 Energy Efficiency Green IT awards.