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Florida Data Center Finds Security with Aquatherm Piping System

CxP Data Centers, Chilled Water
Products Used
Blue Pipe®
Location / Date
Jacksonville, FL
December 2013- January 2014

Aquatherm Advantages

  • Aquatherm pipe required less insulation because of its inherent R value
  • The installers at CxP realized that Aquatherm pipe is lighter and safer to work with compared to steel
  • The installation took only a month, thanks to the speed of heat fusion, which saved massive amounts of time vs. steel

The Challenge

CxP data centers needed to replace its chilled water system with a reliable,leak-free option in a few weeks

The Solution

CxP facility designers decided to use Aquatherm pipe and were pleased with the installation which exhibited no leaks during testing of the 500 individual joints

Polypropylene-random pipe proves leak-free for chilled-water systems

There’s nothing more catastrophic for a business than a major data loss. Natural disasters, computer viruses and even basic equipment malfunctions can cost millions in data disaster recovery, redevelopment and user notification. And if a company suffers a breach of customers’ personal information, it could be open to a lawsuit.

Of course, the best way to mitigate these fiascos is through prevention. In February 2014, CxP Data centers in Jacksonville, FL, opened a state-of-the-art 120,000-sq-ft retrofitted colocation center to provide dependable, reliable security for any organization’s most valuable information 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year.

Among myriad other services, such as data recovery, business-continuity planning and cloud computing, CxP’s physical colocation solutions require a great deal of space, power and cooling to house, store, and protect any firm’s most precious asset.

To create a windowless 18,000-sq-ft data bunker, CxP assembled cold-aisle containment systems, a Siemens Apogee Control System building automation system and advanced fire-suppression systems. The data center features 4.5 mw of total power; 3.5 mw of critical power; dual diversified power feeds from separate substations; true A and B power to each rack, cage or suite; and fully automated redundancy. Keeping the equipment secure are cutting-edge IP camera systems, two-factor badge and biometric access-control systems, granular cage and rack badge and biometric options as well as a year-round security staff.

To help keep all of its powerful equipment cool, CxP needed a chilled-water piping system that was just as safe and secure as its systems.

“If the servers get hot, they go down, and that’s bad news for the client. So, it’s extremely important that, one, the room stays cool, and, two, there are no leaks,” said Glen Drummond Jr., product manager of the Jacksonville branch for Ferguson Enterprises. Ferguson is a wholesale distributor with 1,350 locations and serves customers throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and Mexico, and the manufacturer’s representative for Aquatherm in Florida and other areas of the country.