It’s Not Just What’s Inside That Counts: Industry Experts Take a Journey Through Webair’s NY1 Facility

IMG_7305Webair’s Tier III data center facility, NY1, is known for being the most secure, fully-redundant facility on Long Island, providing customers with the highest level of efficiency through state-of-the-art infrastructure, innovative technologies and trusted solutions.  Webair recently hosted members from the Long Island section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and International Society for Automation (ISA) at its NY1 facility in Garden City who were interested in gaining further insight and knowledge into just what makes this superior data center tick.  As engineers and back-end technology professionals, the guests’ main purpose for the tour and presentation was to learn the ins and outs about how Webair’s facility operates from an engineering perspective.

With a tour and presentation from Webair executives, the guests were welcomed with open arms and provided with a transparent view into the operations and infrastructure in place that facilitates Webair’s exceptional service.  Typically behind the scenes designing and developing mechanical systems within a lab environment, these experts from companies including IBM Research, Northrop Grumman, Chase, Hofstra University, New York Department of Environmental Protection, Omnicom Group, Cemtrex and Green Energy Research took advantage of this exclusive opportunity to see the facility’s unique power and HVAC systems setup in action firsthand.  Guests were also privy to a presentation given by Webair’s CTO Sagi Brody and Data Center Manager Robert Stevens, which outlined its best practices and procedures, and included a highly technical Q&A to answer any visitor queries.

Guests took specific note of the features that make Webair’s NY1 data center truly unique in terms of power and HVAC systems, including:

  1. IMG_7303Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC) cooling efficiencies, processes and procedures. This includes redundant pump kits and separate physical loops for every CRAC to its own dedicated roof dry cooler, as well as additional spare loops already installed to accommodate future growth;
  2. A customized Building Management System (BMS) built into the programming logic of every CRAC and dry cooler, allowing the facility to self-heal, automatically regulate temperature and humidity, and monitor unit wear and tear;
  3. A real-time facility Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) monitoring system to closely gauge cooling efficiencies and detect HVAC issues well before they can become service-affecting;
  4. Additional secure rooftop dunnage to accommodate future growth;
  5. VESDA and INERGEN Fire Suppression Systems;
  6. Future cogeneration, or Combined Heat and Power (CHP), install site with the potential to control costs and improve the reliability of thermal energy supply;
  7. The mixed use of hydropower, generators and traditional utility energy sources; and
  8. A power transfer room.

Given these technologies and proven best practices, NY1 is an incredibly distinctive facility, housing the latest technology and a particular infrastructure configuration that makes its mechanical systems extremely redundant, expandable and fault-tolerant.  Thoroughly impressed with what they witnessed, our visitors left satisfied with a newfound perspective on critical data center infrastructure and how all of these parts have come together to create an optimal environment for housing data within Webair’s NY1 facility.

To view more information about our NY1 facility, visit www.webair.com/ny1.