A data center operated by storage and data management systems provider NetApp has become the first data center to earn the Energy Star symbol from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The NetApp data center, located in Research Triangle Park in North Carolina, opened in 2009. In order to obtain the Energy Star rating, the data center had to score 75 or higher on the EPA’s 1-100 scale for energy efficiency.

Thom Bryant, NetApp’s vice president of Workplace Resources, said the company was thrilled to receive the EPA’s recognition. “It’s a testament to NetApp’s environmental stewardship and commitment to leveraging efficient and sustainable technologies,” he said in a statement.

Features incorporated into the facility include the following:

  • It uses an average air supply temperature of 74 degrees F, compared to the typical 55 to 60 degree F temperature of standard data centers, dramatically reducing cooling costs.
  • The data center is cooled by using outside air 67% of the year.
  • By using cold aisle containment technology, cold and hot air streams are separated, and hot air is removed from server racks.
  • Instead of pumping cold air up through raised floors, the facility uses overhead air distribution to more effectively remove hot air and reducing the need for fans.

NetApp says the features incorporated into the data center have reduced CO2 emissions by approximately 95,000 tons per year, or the equivalent of taking 16,000 cars per year off the road.

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