FedEx Opens Green Data Center with 1.28 PUE

FedEx Opens Green Data Center with 1.28 PUE

FedEx this week unveiled the green features of its data center in Colorado Springs, which the company says will land a PUE of 1.28.

Although Phase 1 of the facility was finished in 2008, the company recently added another 26,000 square feet to the now-166,000 square foot data center, and has applied for LEED certification.

With the Enterprise Data Center-West now open for business, FedEx will begin migrating its computing processes from Tennessee to Colorado Springs to consolidate its infrastructure.

"The EDC-W represents a major milestone in our strategy to leverage advanced technologies for the benefit of our customers and to position FedEx for future growth," Kevin M. Humphries, senior vice president of Information Technology for FedEx Services, said in a statement. "We now have a technology model that, going forward, will improve productivity, enhance reliability and help reduce our impact on the environment."

The data center was built with energy efficiency and green features in mind, and FedEx will be able to use the Colorado climate to get more than 5,000 hours of free outside-air cooling per year, which will allow chillers to be turned off for almost 60 percent of the time.

FedEx also diverted 75 percent of the construction waste from the project from landfills, and sourced some of the materials locally and from recycled materials. Those elements will help the data center earn points toward LEED certification.

FedEx took part in the EDF's Climate Corps program last year, hiring two interns to help them look at sustainability efforts within the company. During their internship, Megan Chavez and Ryan Campbell worked on exploring and certifying the company's energy efficiency efforts.

FedEx has also been working on greening its buildings for some time. Last month, the company earned LEED Gold for its Express Global HQ and made LEED certification a requirement for all new facilities.