When Centra Health Systems realized their off-site data center (built in the 1960’s and updated in the mid1980’s) lacked the reliability and capacity to operate a modern, high growth healthcare system, they asked Barton Malow to evaluate options for either updating the current data center or building a new center.

We evaluated the long-term storage, server and communication needs, and came up with the physical, power and cooling requirements. During the evaluation, it was determined that a second data center was necessary – there was no way to rebuild the current center without considerable risk to ongoing hospital operations.

A number of location options were evaluated, along with the infrastructure to support the facility, and cost of different locations. Based on the evaluated options, Centra Health decided to locate the new data center near the hospital and the powerhouse, taking advantage of low cost cooling, high power availability and proximity to the hospital to provide a reliable center.