October 13, 2016: Clarke
University was awarded a $25,000 Grants to Green grant from the Community
Foundation of Greater Dubuque to implement a SmartRow All-in-One Datacenter,
which will produce energy savings.
From 2014 to 2016, Grants to Green (G2G) helped nonprofit
organizations become more sustainable by granting $1 million to fund energy
improvement development projects.
current data center was designed and built in the 1980s to support a main frame
computer system and a PBX.
with Clarke’s wider sustainability initiative, which includes the Petal Project
and Tree Campus USA, the Keller Computer Center has downsized its data center
into a hybrid cloud/virtual environment, removed dozens of servers, and
covered/insulated the windows. These updates have drastically reduced the
energy usage of the data center and reduced its physical footprint to a tiny
fraction of its previous size.
the summer, the Clarke data center network infrastructure, which was installed
in 2007, was replaced with new equipment with much lower power requirements and
a smaller footprint. The final step in the “greening” of the data center is to
remove the data center grade HVAC and UPS system followed by consolidating and
installing a self-contained data center. This will reduce noise, increase
space, and enhance security. When completed, significant physical space will be
reclaimed and used to store, recycle or repurpose electronic/network/computer
scope of the SmartRow project contains additional benefits. The SmartRow is a
fully integrated row-based infrastructure with precision cooling, UPS
integration, power management, monitoring and control technologies, as well as
a fire suppression system. Environmental sensors provide real-time information
on temperature and humidity, allowing the capacity to adapt to load changes.
This reduces wasted power and cooling, ensuring Clarke will operate at the
highest energy efficiency possible. The integrated high availability UPS offers
a savings of more than 30% compared to an in-line interactive UPS system such
as the one currently installed.
For more information, contact the
Clarke University Marketing and Communication Office at (563)588-6318.