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Sun's spiffy new datacenter

Sun announced this week that it’s opened a new energy efficient data center in Broomfield, Colorado.

Sun logoResponding to market demand for more energy-efficient datacenters, Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA), today announced the completion of its new Broomfield, Colo. datacenter. The largest datacenter consolidation project undertaken in the company’s history, the Broomfield facility incorporates the latest in Sun’s portfolio of energy-efficient systems and expertise, including breakthroughs in innovative datacenter design and power and cooling technologies. With this project, Sun estimates it will save more than $1 million in electricity costs and 11,000 metric tons of CO2 per year in Broomfield and will help Sun reduce its carbon footprint by 6 percent in the U.S. Sun also announced the availability of new datacenter efficiency services to help customers retrofit and build more efficient datacenters like Sun’s Broomfield and Santa Clara datacenters. For more information on today’s event, including photos and a video tour of the new datacenter, visit http://www.sun.com/aboutsun/media/presskits/2009-0126/index.jsp

This is part of a larger effort at Sun to reduce its overall datacenter footprint. So far the company claims it has achieved a 60% reduction in square footage globally.

The new Broomfield datacenter follows similar Sun projects completed in Blackwater, UK, Santa Clara, Calif. and Bangalore, India in August 2007. It builds on designs used in Sun’s Santa Clara datacenter and features water savings, chemical reduction, free air cooling and flywheel uninterruptible power supply (UPS). As in Santa Clara, the Broomfield datacenter is based on Sun’s Pod Architecture, which delivers dramatic footprint compression while still providing capacity for future growth.

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