NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory – Data Center ESPC

About Project

In 2018, CEG Solutions (CEG) was awarded a design-build ESPC project at NASA JPL that will construct several high-efficiency data centers to consolidate the Laboratory’s mission critical space flight operations. Developing this project required us to work collaboratively with numerous client stakeholders (including the JPL Office of the Chief Information Officer) to identify their computing requirements, workshop a technical basis of design, and coordinate IT migration and consolidation activities that will accompany the ESPC. Our ultimate solution will accommodate more than 50 data center end-users and encompasses two separate facilities with varying levels of resiliency, as described below.

  • B230 Phase 3 Data Center: This data center will renovate a section of JPL’s historic Space Flight Operations Facility to support 96 data racks, with a projected PUE of 1.25. Cooling and power systems will draw on the building’s existing infrastructure to provide near Tier-III resiliency and include the installation of new air handlers that will help maintain temperatures consistent with ASHRAE guidance. As part of our scope, we will also reinforce the data center floor to allow for enhanced loading and future buildouts as desired by NASA JPL.
  • Modular Data Center: This data center will be a standalone structure and will include 28 racks, with a projected PUE of 1.3. It will support specific IT assets that cannot be housed in B230 due to locational redundancy requirements. The data module will draw power from a nearby electrical bank and will come equipped with a UPS and backup generator to guard against power outages. For cooling, the module will employ dedicated computer room air conditioning (CRAC) units that can leverage outside air economization for over 6,000 hours per year.

NASA will use the new data centers to consolidate existing IT systems that are currently supported in a less efficient off-site facility. This migration should reduce JPL’s energy consumption by 3.7 million kWh per year and create more than $2MM of annual O&M savings. Additional benefits of the project include increased on-Laboratory data center capacity, improved long-term hardware access, lower-latency networking, reduced IT maintenance requirements, and significant progress achieved toward NASA’s sustainability goals.

Estimated Savings: $50,667,275

Project Highlights
  • Annual Savings: $2,683,781
  • Electricity Savings: 3,703,108 kWh/yr

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Pasadena, CA

NASA JPL is a government-owned, contractor-operated (GOCO) facility that is managed by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The laboratory’s primary function is the construction and operation of robotic planetary spacecraft, though it also conducts Earth-orbit and astronomy missions. It is also responsible for operating NASA’s Deep Space Network.

Scope & ECMs

  • Data center consolidation
  • Install server racks, UPS, PDUs, backup generator, and ancillary infrastructure
  • Install high-efficiency cooling equipment
  • Airside economization
  • Secure microgrid for resiliency
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