Data Center Case Study - Bay Area Internet Solutions


Bay Area Internet Solutions


Founded in 1995, Bay Area Internet Solutions is one of Silicon Valley’s leading facilitybased providers of co-location, high-speed Internet access and managed hosting solutions for small, medium and large enterprises worldwide. The company specializes in providing high-availability, scalable and reliable managed IT service solutions tailored to meet each customer’s specific applications and requirements.

The Situation

Bay Area Internet Solutions (BAIS) is one of the largest managed service providers in Northern California. After several significant service expansions in the early 2000s, the company set out to advance its data center design and build its second co-location facility in Santa Clara, Calif. A “Green Colo” facility, the data center offers up to 45,000 square feet of raised floor space and is the first Tier IV data center in Silicon Valley to employ the latest in efficient data center cooling technologies to maximize savings and minimize energy consumption.


  • Engineered an efficient data center infrastructure capable of supporting capacities as high as 300 W per square foot.
  • Implemented next-generation data center cooling technologies to increase efficiency up to 30 percent and achieve a low overall power usage efficiency (PUE) rating of 1.4.
  • Capitalized on a redundant, N+1 power architecture to ensure 99.999 percent availability.
  • Leveraged an on-site monitoring system to enhance service responsiveness and optimize equipment operation.
  • Integrated power protection equipment with standard energy-efficient transformers capable of achieving 98.7 percent efficiency.
  • Incorporated high efficiency technologies into the cooling infrastructure to save an estimated four million kWh per year, earning a maximum grant allocation from Silicon Valley Power for energy efficiency.
“EC plug fan technology within the CRAC units allows us to automatically throttle up and down based on pressure under the floor, giving us the ability to be between 10 and 30 percent more efficient.”
- Tom Wye, president and CEO, BAIS
Case Summary
Location: Santa Clara, California
Products and Services: Knurr Cold Aisle Containment (CAC) System from Emerson Network Power
Knurr Racks and Enclosures
Liebert CW Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC) units with Variable Speed EC Plug Fans
Liebert Precision Power Centers with Expansion Cabinets
Liebert FDC Power Distribution Cabinets
Liebert SiteScan Monitoring
Critical Needs: Build and support a world-class, energy-efficient Tier IV facility that delivers 99.999 percent availability to global customers with 24/7/365 operations.

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