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Emerson helps Facebook design rapid deployment data center

Emerson Network Power (ENP) is working with Facebook to develop new building techniques as they jointly design and build the social media giant’s second data center in Luleå, Sweden.  The new site, Luleå 2, is to be the pilot for Facebook’s new rapid deployment data centre (RDDC) technique, a project on which ENP’s data center design team collaborated.

Facebook’s RDDC uses modular design elements, including pre-fabricated materials and on-site assembly.  The guiding principle, according to Scott Barbour, global business leader of Emerson Network Power, is to speed installation and cut the amount of materials used.

“We worked with Facebook to understand their wants and needs, and we collectively developed an integrated, cost-effective, tailored solution,” said Barbour.  “This collaboration with Facebook illustrates our competence in modular construction and shows next-generation thinking.”

Facebook is open to collaboration with vendors, it said.  “We are always looking for ways to optimize our data centers – that includes accelerating build times and reducing material use,” said Jay Park, director of data center design, Facebook.

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 center superstructure solutions.  It will be built next to Facebook’s first data center building in Luleå, which came online in June 2013.

Facebook claimed that Luleå 2 will be one of the most efficient and sustainable data centers in the world, powered by 100% renewable energy and featuring the latest in Open Compute Project server, storage, mechanical, and electrical designs.