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July 13, 2011

PG&E Presents Brocade with $2.1 Million for Green Data Center and Campus Design



On June 13, San Jose, California-based Brocade (News - Alert) received a $2.1 million incentive under Pacific Gas & Electric’s Non-Residential New Construction Program— the largest data center energy efficiency incentive in the utility’s history.

 In addition, the Brocade headquarters has been awarded LEED® Commercial Interiors Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Brocade, founded in 1995, provides data center expertise across the entire network, with future-proofed solutions built for consolidation, network convergence, virtualization, and cloud computing.

Its data center and headquarters campus, completed in 2010, showcase innovative use of space as well as energy efficiency, and sustainability practices, including

  • A  flat-floor design (versus a standard raised-floor approach), to support taller rack configurations— providing 12 percent more space within the same footprint;
  • An in-row cooling and hot-row containment design— providing great flexibility for equipment density changes—as well as leading-edge cable designs that make change management much easier;
  • Environmentally sound” energy systems that exceed California Energy Code requirements by 16 percent and qualified the company for the historic utility incentive rebate. Specifically:

Based on its energy-efficient design and operations, the Brocade data center is operating at a power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.2, which is considered a best-in-class metric for data center energy efficiency.

PG&E (News - Alert) estimates that Brocade will save more than 14 million kilowatt-hours each year—which represents a savings of more than $1.5 million and a reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by 5,700 tons annually.

“Our headquarters project is just one example of how we apply cost-effective and environmentally friendly solutions to our business operations and our products,” said Michael Hirahara, vice president of Global Real Estate, Facilities, and Services for Brocade.

 “Looking forward,” he commented, “we are also evaluating alternative energy solutions like wind and fuel cells, as we strive to be good stewards of our communities, the environment, and our shareholders’ investment, now and into the future.”

“PG&E is pleased to have partnered with Brocade to set a new standard for campus and data center energy efficiency,” said Steve Malnight, vice president of Customer Energy Solutions for PG&E. “Our energy-efficiency incentive programs help customers like Brocade access the resources they need to reduce energy demand and realize significant cost savings.”

For more information, visit the Brocade website.  


Cheryl Kaften is an accomplished communicator who has written for consumer and corporate audiences. She has worked extensively for MasterCard (News - Alert) Worldwide, Philip Morris USA (Altria), and KPMG, and has consulted for Estee Lauder and the Philadelphia Inquirer Newspapers. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

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