RSA Dexter Avenue Datacenter
On October 4, 2012, the Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA) opened the new state-of-the-art RSA Dexter Avenue Datacenter located in the RSA Dexter Avenue Building down the street from the state capitol. Not only is space available for tenants to use for data purposes, but there is also first-class office space for lease as well. The RSA Dexter Avenue Datacenter provides businesses and government entities with a redundant infrastructure and the latest in access control and video surveillance.
The RSA has invested in a colocation datacenter to create and recruit high-tech and high-paying jobs to Montgomery, similar to high-tech industries in other parts of the United States. The datacenter allows for critical infrastructure components such as UPS, cooling systems, and switchgear to be shared amongst many, instead of the often costly investment to build and manage such infrastructure for a single entity. The RSA Dexter Avenue Datacenter also maintains a SOC 2 Type 2 certification, one of the industry's newest certifications, to ensure customers' most precious data assets and infrastructure equipment are properly protected. The facility fully supports both standard rack equipment and a wide range of non-standard equipment size such as mainframes, disk arrays, and supercomputers.
The RSA Dexter Avenue Datacenter provides 24/7/365 management of all datacenter critical component systems, infrastructure, and access control. With 24/7/365 access, the customer retains full control and management of all devices hosted and contained in the datacenter. Various options are available for tenants to choose from hosting needs as well as monitoring services.
The RSA Dexter Avenue Datacenter boasts over 300 secure card access racks contained within six datacenters all totaling nearly 42,000 square feet. The datacenter contains a secure area for telecommunications carriers and providers to hand off circuits and various other connectivity throughout the center.
The RSA Dexter Avenue Datacenter provides customers with colocation hosting services contained within six datacenters and one meet me room (carrier room). There are over 300 racks available and 44,000 square feet of datacenter space. These services include physical security, uninterrupted power supply systems (UPS), back-up generators, environmental controls, and physical rack space.
Some cost-saving points to consider:
- Nemertes Research predicts a shortage of colocation space in the U.S. beginning this year, growing to a $1.9 billion facilities gap by 2015.
- Datacenter colocation services reduce the cost for business network access since there is no costly demarcation of the fiber service.
- Electricity is cheaper in a colocation facility since the building can purchase larger blocks of power from the utility as a primary high voltage service.
- Individual company maintenance costs are drastically reduced by using a “colo” datacenter.
- And you, the customer, still fully control your networks
POWER & COOLING
The datacenter contains a secure area for telecommunications carriers and providers to hand off circuits and various other connectivity throughout the center.
- True A/B power feeds to each datacenter rack and row
- Triple 1500 kva transformers in vault on the underground network power system from Alabama Power
- Two 2.5 megawatt generators
- 4,000-gallon diesel fuel supply
- Four-hour guaranteed response on fuel request
- Electronic switch gear for generator and load control as well as monitoring
- Two 4,000-amp switchboards (Russell Electric) with SCADA control and monitoring
- Four 360-ton chillers
- Two 1.6 megawatt UPS systems - fully redundant
- Everything is 2N or N + 1
- Using APC infrastructure equipment to its full potential, each datacenter uses the modular UPS design as well as the APC cooling units
- Dual vaulted telecommunication entrances able to take multiple large communication carriers and circuits
- Two megawatts total UPS capacity with approximately 10-minute runtime at full load
- UPS systems are configured in a 2N capacity on both A and B sides
- Automatic transfer switch gear with 10-second failover to generator power in the event of utility failure
- Voltage output 480 transformed to 120/208 V
- Electrical main services expandable to 4800 amps
- Grounding in accordance with National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) 70
SECURITY & SAFETY
In times of computer hackers and compromised data, having secure technology has become a major priority for businesses, government agencies, and the military. The new technologically-sophisticated datacenter in downtown Montgomery in the RSA Dexter Avenue Building provides the secure processes and procedures to exceed your expectations.
- Pre-Action/FE-227 Clean Agent Fire Protection System for each datacenter
- Two factor authentication system with biometric fingerprint recognition to gain access into any datacenter
- Physical security is maintained at all datacenters through a combination of procedural, electronic, biometric, mechanical and building design controls.
- Each datacenter is a secured facility. There are HD video cameras strategically positioned within each facility to record all activity. Card readers and/or biometric scanners are set up on each door throughout the different datacenters.
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The RSA Dexter Avenue Datacenter provides 24/7/365 management of all datacenter-critical component systems, infrastructure, and access control. Various options are available for tenants to choose from hosting needs as well as monitoring services.