Hivelocity Hosting got its start in a basement with a single rack of servers in 2002. From these humble beginnings, the company has grown to operating two data centers and has equipment colocated in seven other facilities that provide solutions to thousands of businesses in more than 130 countries. As part of its goal to help customers succeed and expand business in growing segments such as crypto-currency mining, the company deploys solutions offering the highest reliability. This capability allows clients to focus on running their business without having to think about IT services.
As Hivelocity’s customer base expanded over the years, the company found itself bursting at the seams of its Tampa data center. To serve its hometown market, Hivelocity opted to completely retrofit a second facility in the city. It recently unveiled 30,000 square feet of brand new data center space in Tampa, with the ability to expand the facility by an additional 60,000 square feet. To achieve its main objectives including exceptional reliability, high efficiency and scalability in the new space, Hivelocity opted to work with a data center partner: Eaton.
To meet the availability requirements of the more than 2,000 customers who were already in place when it opened the doors to its new facility, as well as address future expansion, Hivelocity invested in a pair of Eaton Power Xpert 9395 uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs), equipped with Energy Saver System (ESS) and Variable Module Management System (VMMS) technology. The power-saving gains from using ESS and VMMS can pass straight through to customers in a competitive marketplace.
The 9395s are manufactured to achieve more real power while reducing cooling costs, which will save Hivelocity thousands of dollars per year in utility costs. ESS enables the UPSs to attain greater than 99 percent efficiency—the only market technology capable of yielding such results. Using ESS, the 9395 adapts to utility power conditions while supplying clean power to the connected equipment. Because UPSs that employ ESS maintain 99 percent efficiency even when lightly loaded, the technology can bolster efficiency by up to 15 percentage points over traditional models in the typical operating range. The energy savings from Eaton’s ESS typically recovers 100 percent of the UPS cost over just a three-to five-year period.
Further efficiency gains are coming from Eaton’s VMMS technology, which optimizes overall system efficiency even at low loads. With VMMS, the UPS system sets redundant power modules to ready state, enabling the remaining power modules to drive the load with higher efficiency. When the load increases again and more power modules are needed, the system immediately shifts the load to additional modules. VMMS adapts both to a single UPS consisting of multiple power modules and to larger, multiple-UPS parallel systems. This efficiency allows Hivelocity to be more competitive for customers, as well as fit more equipment in its existing footprint. And thanks to the efficiency of the units, they can increase density even further.
But what really made the 9395 the best option for Hivelocity is the 60 percent smaller footprint compared with other units, owing to the company’s need to make the most of every square foot as a dedicated server, private cloud and colocation provider. Furthermore, not only do the UPSs occupy minimal real estate in the data center, but they can also easily expand as power needs increase simply by incrementally adding modules.
In addition to deploying the Eaton power-protection solution, Hivelocity chose that company’s Paramount Enclosure System to outfit its new data center. Eaton’s Paramount Enclosures offer a scalable and modular approach to enhance customers’ overall investment by employing a building-block design that ensures quick reconfigurations while minimizing downtime. Hivelocity, which initially deployed 80 enclosures, envisions approximately 500 Paramount cabinets when its data center is fully built out.
For Hivelocity, the performance and reliability of the Eaton products was further enhanced by its partnership with Eaton to facilitate the solution. When it started planning this facility, it knew it needed a power-quality system with maximum performance, reliability and ROI. Avoiding downtime is critical, and the ability to scale up or down on demand is crucial. Hivelocity benefitted from faster time to market and deployment, and the ability to procure a comprehensive solution from a single source. Because Eaton is a common vendor for the company and its enterprise customers, the product lines are cohesive, adding another layer of comfort.
The success of Eaton’s 9395 units was so evident that Hivelocity has already provisioned to add four more. With the UPSs and the Paramount enclosures in place, the colocation company was able to open the doors to its new, high-functioning data center. Hivelocity can ensure the highest reliability in its new data center; slash utility costs thanks to the efficiency gains; preserve valuable space through the 9395’s compact footprint; deploy high-quality, well-built, easy-to-access enclosures; and enjoy access to a comprehensive product line from a single source.
During Hurricane Irma, Hivelocity saw its power-backup system from Eaton go into action and was able to avoid complications from downtime. Its newest Tampa facility lost utility power for about 17 hours and operated without a hitch, and without any service interruptions. Further, restoration of power was sporadic because of multiple brownouts and other events before a full and stable restoration. As designed, the Eaton UPSs and power-management platform worked flawlessly during the process, with customers experiencing no issues.