Cloud infrastructure and data centre upgrades boosts energy efficiency

NFINIT, a LightEdge company, is undergoing an $8 million upgrade across its two San Diego data
centres to boost energy efficiency and critical infrastructure reliability. As part of this upgrade,
NFINIT is updating cloud infrastructure (both hardware and software), replacing an uninterruptible
power supply (UPS), and adding new chillers. The new equipment NFINIT is investing in is among the
most sustainable on the market.

“This major investment in our infrastructure translates to significant customer benefits in three
areas: sustainability, reliability and cost stabilization,” said Gabriel Faulkner, VP of critical
infrastructure at NFINIT. “Reliability is part of our DNA and investing in our UPS equipment is critical
to keeping clients’ data safe. Also, by increasing NFINIT’s power effectiveness by 20 per cent we are
keeping pace with data growth trends in a more sustainable way, while also helping to mitigate
rising power costs for our clients. With the backing of our new partnership with LightEdge, a strong
promoter of ESG initiatives, our flagship data centre on Lightwave Avenue is on track to becoming
the most sustainable data centre in the San Diego area.”

LightEdge acquired NFINIT in April. Together, the companies have future investments planned to
further increase NFINIT’s energy efficiency. Committed to sustainability, LightEdge recently
partnered with Synetic to divert 6,800 pounds of e-waste from the landfill and support the Circular
Computing reforestation program.

Unlike most data centres in the area, NFINIT’s flagship facility was built as a data centre as opposed
to being converted from warehouse space, meaning that critical efficiency and reliability
considerations such as airflow and physical security were optimized from the beginning. Following
the upgrades, the data centre will operate at a 20 per cent better power usage effectiveness (PUE)
of 1.25.

In addition to energy efficiency, uptime is vital for data centres. Maintaining a modern UPS is one of
the most important components for consistent data centre uptime, since many outages happen due
to UPS failure. NFINIT’s trusted maintenance processes, as well as its combination of in-house staff
and on-call local contractors, also contribute toward the company’s industry-leading uptime and
availability record over the past ten years.

“We’re investing in infrastructure upgrades that allow NFINIT to alleviate the utility fee rise for our
customers as much as possible,” Faulkner continued. “Over the last three years, power costs in San
Diego have increased by roughly 41 per cent, and NFINIT has only passed on about 13 per cent of
that rise to our customers.”

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