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Designing, building, and operating a modern data center is an expensive proposition. Faced with the need for a facility capable of simulating the loads of large-scale data centers in order to fully test the storage products, NetApp used every innovation possible in its Global Dynamic Laboratory (GDL). By tailoring the facility to meet the specific needs and using cooling with ambient air, an innovative building design, and careful project planning, NetApp was able to reduce construction costs by more than two-thirds and annual operating costs by approximately 60%, while at the same time delivering 7 times more power and cooling to meet the needs created by densely packed equipment racks filled with the most up-to-date equipment. This white paper describes the GDL design and implementation.
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