From 2008 to 2011, I took part in the design, build, and launch of a massive, forward-looking data center for GE Appliances & Lighting (now GE Appliances, a Haier Company).
We were taksed with building a highly capable, world-class facility, challenging outselves to question all of our old assumptions.
And out of it, we built the first-in-Kentucky LEED Platinum data center, with a Tier-III rating from the Uptime Institute.
Designed from the ground up to be a hypervisor-friendly virtual-machines-only, it has the highest density kilowatt per rack seen anywhere in the world at the time (or since).
I took part in the structured-cabling design, the data center and cable labelling standards, the equipment vendors vs. desired power density selection tools and criteria, and more. I also served as photographer for the build, documenting the entire process for posterity in the form of a time capsule that is stored on site.
It was a long time in the making. But it still stands today as a premier data center, with unique qualities, and I’m proud to say I had a hand in building it.