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January 20, 2010 10:12 ET

Syracuse University Data Center Goes Ultra Green With Validus DC Systems

SYRACUSE, NY and BROOKFIELD, CT--(Marketwire - January 20, 2010) - Syracuse University, in partnership with IBM (NYSE: IBM) ( and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), have gone live with the world's greenest data center powered with direct current (DC). Efficiency has been vastly improved by eliminating many of the energy losses currently associated with a legacy alternating current (AC) powered infrastructure. By leveraging modern DC power technology designed for today's energy-conscious organizations, Syracuse University is running its systems at a fraction of the cost of a conventional AC-powered data center.

"Direct current power is native to all computers throughout the world," says Christopher Sedore, vice president for information technology and chief information officer at Syracuse University. "By delivering power native to the computer we eliminate losses and equipment historically required to deliver AC to the server. Leveraging the Validus and IBM technology allows us to be much greener while improving overall systems reliability."

A prime reason for the energy efficiency improvement is delivering direct current power at the appropriate voltage directly to the IBM System z10 server. In SU's previous data center, AC power was delivered throughout the data center and to the IT equipment even though all servers run on direct current (DC). With the new Green Data Center, Syracuse implemented the system with Validus DC Systems technology, allowing the AC power generated by micro-turbines and/or the utility to be efficiently converted only once to direct current. This simplified architecture reduces energy losses, equipment components and real estate requirements; lowers maintenance costs; and improves end-to-end reliability.

IBM intends to showcase the Green Data Center and its energy-efficient technologies to help clients design new data centers or improve their current operations. "IBM's Power and z series servers readily accept either 380 or 575 volts DC directly, enabling IBM to be the market leader in delivering green IT platforms," says Edward Seminaro, chief hardware systems engineer for IBM. "When the energy efficiency is combined with the benefits of running an end-to-end DC environment, it is difficult to deploy a system that is greener or more reliable."

The ongoing rapid growth of data centers globally is prompting organizations to re-evaluate how they truly consume energy. "The true measurement of efficiency is how many units of work are completed per watt of energy consumed," says Rudy Kraus, CEO, Validus DC Systems. "Syracuse University and IBM are leading through example, demonstrating how the modern data center can leverage direct current to deliver the most processing possible per watt of electricity purchased."

About Validus DC Systems: Validus is the market leader in delivering enterprise class direct current infrastructure power and cooling solutions ranging from -600 VDC to -48VDC. Founded in 2002, Validus has patented technology which allows organizations to significantly reduce energy consumption while increasing overall system reliability. In addition to reducing installation and ongoing maintenance costs Validus delivers the much needed next generation data center topology that lowers currently escalating operations costs. For more information about Validus DC Systems, contact Ronald Ranaldi on 646-825-9551 or visit

About Syracuse University: Chartered in 1870 as a private, coeducational institution of higher education, Syracuse University is a leading national research university of more than 18,000 full- and part-time students from all 50 states and 90 countries, and more than 1,400 faculty members. Syracuse University is propelled by the bold idea of Scholarship in Action -- education that is not static, but the living expression of insight that drives change. It is a place where students become leaders, teachers and collaborators and where the community is continually impacted by the energy of new ideas. For more information about SU, visit

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