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BendBroadband opens doors on state-of-the-art 'green' data center

Tue, 04/26/2011 - 8:35am
Mike Robuck

BendBroadband's new 30,000-square-foot, enterprise-class data center is now open for business in Bend, Oregon.

BendBroadband has made a reputation for itself as one of the more innovative small cable operators in the nation, and the data center, which is known as the "Vault," adds to that legacy.

The Vault is a Tier III, "green" data center that offers colocation, disaster recovery and cloud computing services. BendBroadband has partnered with IT and managed services vendor Logicalis to offer a range of dedicated managed services.

"Our goal is to provide best-in-class colocation space and services to both small and large enterprises alike. Our facility meets the highest security credentials and offers the power densities and peering opportunities demanded by businesses today," said Leonard Weitman, vice president of technical operations for the Vault.

BendBroadbandThe Vault currently has two anchor tenants, including St. Charles Health System, based in Bend. Five major network carriers provide broadband services to the facility, allowing tenants a choice of providers, as well as supporting diverse paths of connectivity to the Vault.

BendBroadband will also house key elements of its own Network Operating Center (NOC) at the facility, providing data and transport services to the region's commercial and residential customers.

In a recent interview for CED's 2011 CTO roundtable, BendBroadband chief technology officer Frank Miller characterized the Vault as "our foundation on our regional transport and product leadership," as well as being one of the company's top three engineering projects for this year.

The cable industry in general, and the SCTE in particular with its SEMI project, has been making an effort to "go green" over the past few years.

BendBroadband said the Vault transforms the cool high desert evening temperatures into energy-efficient cooling, and sunny days into solar energy using PV (photovoltaic) panels on the roof of the facility. Green aspects of the facility include:

  • KyotoCooling systems that use outside air to cool the building 75 percent of the time. With an outside temperature of 75 degrees or cooler, this system provides free cooling.
  • Solar panels that generate 152kW of power – the largest photovoltaic arrays in the region.
  • Energy-efficient hot air containment design allowing cooling only where necessary.
  • LEED Gold and Energy Star Certification (pending) are internationally recognized green building certifications.
  • Electricity purchased from the local utility, PP&L, is supplied 100 percent from its Blue Sky renewable power program.

BendBroadband also touted central Oregon as an ideal location for a data center due to its low risk of seismic activity, climate and easy-to-reach location.

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