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Cyber Development Group International

When Cyber Development Group International (CDGI) began to exhaust the physical footprint of its initial Mount Prospect, Illinois data center facility (building 1 in a 5 building campus) in 2010, the company sought to expand its data center operations by outfitting an existing space adjacent to its headquarters to house more than 15,000 square feet of additional data center space (30,000 sq. ft. once total build-out is completed). To ensure the new facility would be able to meet the stringent availability requirements dictated by the provider’s robust SLAs, CDGI utilized solutions from Emerson Network Power’s Liebert business designed to facilitate efficient, high-availability performance by adhering to field-tested and proven infrastructure design strategies.

Case Summary
Location: Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA


Room-based infrastructure design aligned with the SmartDesign™ approach, which simplifies data center design by applying power, cooling and monitoring technologies from Emerson Network Power to create an integrated, highly efficient room-based infrastructure. Cyber Development Group’s SmartDesign infrastructure includes:

  • Knurr racks with Cold Aisle Containment
  • Liebert DS precision cooling units (upflow) with Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) and Digital Scroll Compressor upgrades
  • Liebert XDC pumping chillers paired with Liebert XDH, Liebert XDO and Liebert XDV modular precision cooling units
  • Liebert CRV row-based cooling units
  • Liebert MB modular busway solutions
  • Liebert NXL UPS systems
  • Liebert MPH rack-mount power distribution units
  • Liebert SiteScan data center monitoring

Critical Needs
Support Cyber Development Group International’s data center expansion efforts with an enterprise infrastructure optimized for efficiency and flexibility without compromising the availability demands dictated by cash-backed, zero-downtime SLAs.


  • Increased efficiency by from 12 to 30 percent through enhanced CRAC and row-based cooling.
  • Achieved typical availability levels in excess of “six-nines” (99.999 percent uptime), resulting in zero unplanned downtime over a 12-month period.
  • Reduced energy bills by 14 to 22 (seasonal averages) percent though integration of supplemental cooling, cold aisle containment and other innovative cooling strategies (10 percent on the perimeter CRAC infrastructure, 30 percent on the row-based infrastructure).
  • Maintained a PUE below 1.5, earning the facility the title of “One of the Most Energy-Efficient Data Centers in the Chicago Metropolitan and Midwest Market.”

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Headquartered just outside Chicago, Cyber Development Group International (CDGI) is one of the Midwest’s largest providers of mission-critical enterprise data center services. Owned and operated by engineers specializing in mission-critical facility design, CDGI has developed more than 1.5 million square feet of Tier 3+ data center and co-location space throughout North America and Europe. Backed by SASAE 16 SOC 1 and SOC 2I certification (formally SAS 70 Type II), the company supports the mission-critical IT operations for a variety of highly regulated industries– including financial services, health care, manufacturing, insurance, professional services and telecommunications–as well as data center solutions ranging from “Micro Data Center Suites” to fully provisioned, enterprise data center deployments.

To support the high-density customers–many with densities in excess of 8 kW per rack–Liebert XDC pumped refrigerant chillers paired with Liebert XDH modular cooling units were installed. The localized cooling provided by these units, paired with their relatively low power draw and compact footprint, allows for maximum cooling efficiency and effectiveness.