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NextFort Selects Johnson Controls for Innovative Free Air Cooling System

Highly Flexible and Scalable System Does Not Require Water Enabling Significantly Lower Operating Costs

PHOENIX, AZ -- (Marketwire) -- 01/30/13 -- NextFort Ventures Chandler, LLC, owner and operator of a first-of-its-kind modular data center, today announced the selection of Johnson Controls as the supplier of an innovative free air cooling system being deployed in NextFort's new 180,000 square foot data center in Chandler, AZ.

Targeting a Q1 2013 opening, NextFort's unique modular approach provides each customer with its own turnkey, financial grade data center solution as a completely self-contained environment. Customers benefit from flexibility and scalability in how they deploy modular units of data center capacity underpinning their businesses and customer-facing services.

NextFort's Phase 1 launch in March will feature availability of 130,000 sq. ft. of NextFort High-Density Computing Suites (NextFort HCSs™). These are completely self-contained, all concrete and steel rooms designed to house up to 20 high-density IT racks for a total IT load up to 225KW (up to 600 watts/sq ft.) Future expansion calls for 50,000 square feet of additional HCSs that can be rapidly deployed.

NextFort worked closely with Johnson Controls to design the highly-efficient, fully redundant direct expansion air conditioning cooling system that does not require water. Each NextFort HCS has its own cooling system contributing to nearly 40% better energy efficiency compared to conventional data centers, thus reducing energy costs for NextFort's customers.

Featuring Johnson's highly-durable York Equipment compressor, the solution delivers maximum energy efficiently and individual control associated with innovative free air cooling capabilities that can scale from 0 - 100% depending on the individual needs of a customer's environment.

Key Customer Benefits

  • Customers can start by deploying two cooling units for a 2N redundant configuration, and easily add more (in a matter of days) as they increase power density inside in the HCS.

  • Customers are able to choose the temperature they want to run their HCS(s) depending on the requirements of their computing environment.

  • Each cooling system features variable-speed fans and compressor capacity technology to drive cooling efficiency. Depending on outside temperature, each NextFort customer can use varying amounts of outside air (up to 100%) to supplement cooling capacity and save energy.

  • Each NextFort customer has a dedicated cooling system where power is metered locally -- customers only pay for power related to their individual cooling system.

  • Innovative system controls allow customers to view and operate their cooling system remotely via a secure customer portal.

  • Customers can take advantage of NextFort's remote-hands services thus eliminating the need for IT resources on site.

About NextFort
NextFort is the owner and operator of a first-of-its-kind modular data center located in Chandler, Arizona. Focused on the design, construction and operation of energy efficient, highly modular, and ultra secure data centers, NextFort has created an innovative design which facilitates the deployment by our customers of modern, high-density computing infrastructure services such as cloud computing. For more information visit us at




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