From the Lab

First KeyBlock Arrives at Keystone NAP Advanced Data Center Facility

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The Keystone NAP facility is progressing by the truck load!

Just in time for the New Year, our first KeyBlock module has arrived. Additional modules will ship over the next few weeks.  Our engineering teams are hard at work connecting 2N power, cooling and network infrastructure.  You can see half of a KeyBlock on the flatbed truck above. A full KeyBlock is assembled from two sections and measures roughly 45 feet by 21 feet, weighing over 50,000 lbs.

We’ve talked before about some of the benefits to our modular data center approach: greater flexibility, better use of resources, and higher security. In detail, however, here is what each KeyBlock offers:

  • Atomic, consistent, isolated and durable (ACID) power services ranging from 100 watts to 400 watts per square foot
  • Cooling systems complemented by a hot-air containment system designed like two horizontal chimneys situated alongside each server rack aisle
  • Custom SLAs for power, cooling, redundancy and security depending on an individual company’s needs

You can also read how reporter Meredith Courtemanche from SearchDataCenter described our KeyBlock-based architecture in a recent article. Here’s an excerpt:

“Instead of installing data halls in the building, Keystone NAP treats the space as a “chassis” for modular prefabricated units made by Schneider Electric in 22 or 44 rack (100-400kw) increments, the smaller of which takes up just under 1,000 square feet. Keystone expects most users to remotely manage servers in the racks, although they can access the physical systems when necessary. As the colocation center scales up, the company will connect more of these modular units to power, network and cooling.”

There’s a lot more to come for Keystone NAP in 2015 – the only advanced data center serving the Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York markets. Stay tuned.