HP Critical Facilities Services

HP Critical Facilities Services (CFS) provides leading consulting, design, and technical innovation for data centers to transform computing performance and improve energy efficiency. The range of services includes the following:

  • Consulting on data center strategy to help organizations determine their data center programs, the size and number of centers needed, and where the centers should be located
  • Expert analysis to develop innovative engineering design solutions
  • Professional engineering services, including design and development of construction documents
  • Turnkey data center design-build services
  • Assurance services to enhance operational performance and reliability
  • Detailed planning and strategy on energy-efficiency and sustainability initiatives in facilities

These services address the critical issues data centers face as they struggle to balance increased demand for computing power with cost, reliability, and energy efficiency. Power and cooling are among the leading challenges for many enterprise data centers.1 Many face limits on power availability, which can negatively impact their operations' strategic growth. As a result, the optimization of energy use, the cost of energy, and associated greenhouse gas emissions have become increasingly important.

HP CFS helps organizations upgrade and modernize current data centers, design and build next-generation facilities, and transform existing data centers by increasing energy efficiency and space efficiency. For example, as of April 2012, HP CFS had designed more than 60% of all LEED® certified data centers. We've also helped customers achieve such key energy certifications as the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED Standard for Data Centers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® for Data Centers, and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Save Energy Now.

HP CFS has helped a number of leading companies improve their data center efficiency and lower costs. For instance, HP CFS has been integral to Citigroup's leadership in the design and construction of highly reliable data centers that are also more sustainable. The LEED certified centers that Citi worked on with HP CFS, as well as other LEED certified projects, keep Citi on track with its $50 billion USD, 10-year program to reduce its environmental footprint. To learn more, read the Citi case study.

Data center transformation projects require close collaboration between the design team, architects, engineers, and the client—particularly the client's IT organization. HP CFS provides deep expertise in leading this process, which also includes energy analysis, life cycle costing, computational fluid dynamics modeling, and building systems specification and commissioning.

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1 IDC, "Building, Planning, and Operating the Next-Generation Datacenter," 2008.