At Brownrice we understand the importance of stepping up for the environment. And quite frankly it's a business no-brainer to invest in energy efficiency. At peak production our solar parking structue produces more power than all of our servers, cooling, and lighting use. Over the course of a year 1/3 of our power is produced by the sun. You can see our solar production in real-time right here:
Note: We're currently in the process of moving our existing solar array to a more efficient orientation, and doubling its size! We'll bring it back online soon and this solar chart will be better than ever!
Our outside-air cooling systems allow us to cool our data center without the use of air conditioners for nine months out of the year - which drastically reduces our electical usage. For those hotter months our hot-aisle systems contain and blow server-heated air outside so that our air conditioners have less work to do to keep things cool. See Brownrice cooling (on the left in image below) where we contain and expel server-heated air vs traditional data centers that continually re-cool server-heated air (not efficient.)
The Brownrice network is triple-redundant, with dual 10Gb/s peering links. Our primary fiber connections peer in physically redundant locations, south in New Mexico and north into Colorado, providing extemely fast coast-to-coast speeds. Our backup connections are via a large-capacity microwave links which use the exact same technology that high speed financial traders use to beat the markets, which makes our network virtually unbreakable. See it in action in this video (no sound):
We've built redundancy into all levels of our data center so that all equipment and networks have hot-swap and live failover capabilities or standby replacements are on site and immediately available to deploy.
Our data center's physical security features locking racks, biometric entry security systems, video survelance with one-site and off-site video storage, traditional security systems, and IP based security and intrusion detection systems.
Our data center's automated clean agent fire suppression system (FM-200) has zero ozone depletion potential, will put out a fire without having to turn off servers, will leave no trace, and requires no cleanup.
Our on-site support staff builds servers, write code for web sites, optimize databases and configure networks. And we know what its like to be far from your servers so we're happy to lend as many hands as is needed, at any time.