ViaWest Selects GE To Power Its Data Centers

GE’s Critical Power business (NYSE:GE) has announced that ViaWest, the leading colocation 1 provider in North America, has selected GE’s highly reliable electrical distribution systems to power several of the company’s innovative data centers. ViaWest is deploying GE’s electrical distribution systems at its Lone Mountain, Tier IV design-certified data center in Las Vegas; the Cornell data center in Denver; the Synergy Park data center in Dallas and two new data centers under construction in Denver and Minneapolis.

GE’s electrical distribution systems, which include substation distribution equipment, switchboards, panelboards, transformers and power switching equipment, meet ViaWest’s needs for guaranteed uptime, redundancy and fault tolerance. GE’s ability to expedite the delivery of critical electrical infrastructure to ViaWest, accompanied with flexible financing provided by GE Capital, helped ViaWest maximize capital efficiency by matching payments on the lease with cash inflows from new customers.

“GE’s combination of highly reliable equipment, speed to market and financing options make them an ideal partner to help fuel the growth of our innovative data centers,” said Dave Leonard, chief data center officer, ViaWest. “GE worked closely with our design engineers from the project’s inception to completion to ensure we had best-in-class electrical distribution system solutions to meet our needs.”

ViaWest’s newest Las Vegas-area data center, Lone Mountain, is built for energy efficiency and fault-tolerant high availability. The data center’s Adaptable Mesh electrical design is powered by two independent medium-voltage utility feeds serving more than 74,000 square feet of raised-floor data center space. Independent electrical paths and compartmentalization ensure that power is never compromised. Lone Mountain’s fully redundant cooling plant features 3,000 tons of fault-tolerant capacity and 100 percent redundant continuous cooling to the raised floor in a hot aisle/cold aisle configuration, which keeps equipment running at peak performance.

“Working with ViaWest to provide the power systems for their network of mission-critical data centers brings together GE’s core strength in electrical distribution and resilient power management,” said Jeff Schnitzer, general manager of GE’s Critical Power business.

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