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New HP Research Facility Focuses on ‘Converged Infrastructure’

The company will work to advance sustainable data center technologies.

Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. (HP) announced the opening of a state-of-the-art research facility at Fort Collins, Colo., in which HP will work to advance sustainable data center technologies.

Among the research conducted at the facility will be the expansion of HP’s “Converged Infrastructure” architecture by developing technologies to eliminate information technology (IT) sprawl, increase energy efficiency and reduce power consumption to help clients minimize their carbon footprint and reinvest cost savings into business innovation, HP says in a written statement.

The new research facility was built in collaboration with HP Labs, and will enable HP to explore new strategies for reducing the environmental impact of next-generation data centers. At completion, the site will use technologies to help customers minimize power for the cooling of their data centers, while increasing their capacity with less equipment.

Colorado’s governor, John Hickenlooper said, “Enterprises across the country are looking for sustainable IT solutions that help them improve their bottom line by decreasing environmental impact, power consumption and costs.

“The groundbreaking research taking place at HP’s Fort Collins facility demonstrates that Colorado is leading the country in developing environmentally focused solutions,” said Hickenlooper, who added, “These kinds of efforts will eventually help companies become more sustainable, improving both energy use and the environment.”

The research center will focus on innovations including advanced data analytics enabled through integrated fine-grained sensor technology to support the company’s “Data Center Smart Grid Initiative.” HP also will study sophisticated resource management through the use of power and cooling microgrids, which consist of air- and water-side economizers that take advantage of the low humidity in the Rocky Mountains region.

“Our clients are seeking sustainable, affordable data center technologies that will effectively change the energy equation,” said Tom Christian, principal research scientist, Sustainable Ecosystems Research Lab, HP. “The new Fort Collins research facility advances the development of solutions that address CIOs’ most pressing needs, including lowered energy consumption and reduced costs.”