We began with a retired high security class III safety deposit vault. The first floor of the bank building was poured directly on top of the basement vault resulting in a vault roof that is in excess of 36 inches thick plate steel and concrete. Before we built, we had to strip it down to the bare walls and take out anything flammable.
Because we used Unistrut on the ceiling, we had to place a large number of lag bolts in from below. Necessity being the mother of invention, we built a rig and hooked the hammer drill to it so that this part of the install would run smoother and more efficiently. We shattered several carbide bits in the material that bank vault walls are manufactured with.
When the vault was built, there was no need to leave holes for power, data, or coolant lines. Therefore, we had to use diamond coring bits to penetrate the walls. These walls are 18 in. thick with 4 layers of 1 in. steel rods in a 4 in. mesh pattern. It took three days to drill all the cores, but clearly these thick walls were built for that time buffer.
After years of experience fixing servers, we knew the necessity of covering the floor with anti-static paint.
Since we used Unistrut, it only took two people one day to hang the ladder racks. Here you can see the lights are now mounted directly to the ceiling. This provides better air flow and keeps them away from any data cables.
Locally trained master electricians perfectly configured the data center power supply to include failover between two independent lines entering the building.
We installed fiber trays to support fiber from the outside, as well as rack to rack. The building we are in is the hub for fiber connectivity in the Tyler area. There are multi-path fiber connections from carriers who operate from our data center. If you already have one of our carriers, it is a simple thing to extend your network into our Vault; just let us know of your interest.
With a 2 ton limit on the service elevator, we had to remove all UPS batteries and haul them in separate trips. Because both UPS’s required clearance through sharp corners and doorways, they were moved by the experienced safe moving crew at Locksmith Services of Tyler. Through our dual Powerware systems, each unit in our racks have two plugs for battery redundancy that each sit behind two isolated power sources.
Air conditioning was a unique challenge, but Modern Indoor Comfort Zone was up for it. With a mixture of green technology, high efficiency DX, and chilled water units; we have reliable, redundant and cost effective cooling. Using Hot and Cold isles, we pull in cold air from outside and then send hot air from servers to heat the building during winter. We get free cooling, and other tenants get free heat.
Work began on October 29, 2009, and was completed December 9, 2009. We opened for business January 1, 2010.