Sun Completes New Data Center

Sun Microsystems unveils latest in line of highly energy-efficient, flexible data centers

January 28, 2009

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Responding 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

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. A full complement of Sun's high-performance, energy-efficient SPARC(R) and x64 servers, Open Storage and tape products and the OpenSolaris Operating System are at the heart of the Broomfield datacenter. Specifics products include the Sun SPARC Enterprise(R) T5440 and M5000 servers, as well as the SunStorageTek(TM) SL8500 modular library system, the Sun Fire(TM) X4500 storage server and Sun(TM) Storage 7000 Unified Storage Systems. These systems are part of a major hardware replacement program that led to a 66 percent space compression. In one example, Sun consolidated 63 servers and 30 direct attached storage devices to two Sun servers.

"The Broomfield datacenter showcases revolutionary datacenter design with the latest in modularity, scalability and flexibility to drive incredible efficiencies in cost, electricity and overall carbon savings, said Dave Douglas, senior vice president of cloud computing and chief sustainability officer, Sun Microsystems. “As a company we've achieved our first 20 percent reduction in electricity usage since 2002, and the Broomfield datacenter is a great step forward in meeting our goal of another 20 percent reduction.”

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