Pasco County created a data center where peoplecould work safely and comfortably due to the SmartRow offering’s internal fire suppression system and low noise factor.
Pasco County’s new data center requirements
included:Greater cooling capacity to support the
implementation of blade serversIncreased power redundancy to provide theavailability needed in a backup systemRoom-neutral design, to utilize an existing spacethat lacked IT-grade cooling and re suppressionHigh-security features to support PCI compliance
for credit card transactions
Personnel-friendly application, with internal resuppression and low noise“As far as IT operations and growth are concerned,Pasco County is making leaps and bounds towardnewer technology going virtual in our server space,and moving away from mainframe,” said ToddBayley, technical architect for Pasco County’s ITdepartment. “Virtualization of desktops and serverscoupled with right-sizing are in the future. A exible,greener data center space and reduced capacity weretop priorities for us.”
After soliciting bids from multiple vendors, theIT department worked with Computer SupportProducts, a local Emerson Network Power data
center design expert, to determine the right solution
for Pasco County’s needs.The IT department found that the SmartRow
infrastructure solution, part of the Smart Solutions
family from Emerson Network Power, aligned withthe facility’s IT challenges and offered the costsavings Pasco County was seeking.“We found the SmartRow offering to be a muchmore affordable system aimed at the small tomedium sized-business category,” said Bayley. “Wesaw signicant cost savings from utilizing the Liebertcooling and UPS systems inside the racking system,as well as the interchangeability of the componentsand the serviceability of the entire solution – allsignicant factors in our decision.”Specic characteristics – like built-in remotemonitoring and the convenience and exibility of interoperable components made the SmartRow
offering more cost-effective than competitive
solutions.Its redundant rack power conguration with dualUPS systems and PDUs, coupled with temperaturesensors to regulate cooling, made the SmartRowapproach nearly maintenance-free. This enabled
Pasco County to reduce the amount of time spent
on break/x events and to redeploy IT personnel tohigher level activities.
Much of the cost savings that Pasco County gained
with the SmartRow infrastructure came fromthe ability to implement it without expensiveroom upgrades, such as adding a raised oor,upgrading the re suppression system or installingdedicated cooling. The solution’s self-contained re
suppression system gave Pasco County the peace
of mind that its personnel would be protectedfrom a potential re suppression system activationwhile working in the same space as the computerequipment.
Furthermore, the simple, rapid deployment of the
SmartRow offering allowed Pasco County to easilyadd backup to its data center.