The SmartRow system offers an innovative and efficient turnkey solution. Rather than cool the entire data center, the system, which has a smaller footprint to begin with, just cools the rack and equipment itself.
While the system is intelligently designed, though, it’s not exotic, says Fury. The air conditioning units are common enough that a technician can work on them without having to bring in a specialist or specialized equipment. “Having some self-maintainability in the long run was a big selling point,” adds Fury.
He credits the collaboration among the departments for the success of the project. “I think that’s one of the reasons, if not the primary reason, why we were so successful,” he says. “We came together as a unified team, worked hard to understand each other’s needs and made sure those needs were part of the project requirements.”
Team Building Is Essential for Digital Transformation
Like Rocklin USD, the Moreno Valley Unified School District in California had been plagued by frequent power outages. But IT Director Aaron Barnett knew that upgrading equipment wouldn’t be sufficient. The district office wasn’t designed to accommodate a data center — equipment had been housed in a former men’s room — so Barnett reached out to the facilities department to help him change that.
Because it was IT’s first construction project, they relied on other departments. They consulted with purchasing to ensure the procurement process for the upgrade met all legal and contractual obligations and for help with the bidding process.
“Facilities was a critical part of the design process,” says Tim Kelly, systems administrator at Moreno Valley USD.
Together, IT and facilities weighed options for either adapting the building to accommodate a data center or erecting one outside the school. They determined that building inside would be more costly, so facilities worked to review possible external locations, taking into consideration underground utility locations, parking needs, lighting and proximity to the existing building.