Scott Data Center in Omaha, Nebraska provides primary storage space, disaster recovery and a backup location for more than 50 companies worldwide. Originally, the U.S. Department of Defense was their sole tenant, so the building was built to minimize risk from natural and outside forces.
When Scott Data Center expanded with an additional 30,000-square-foot power plant, facility managers worked with local Cat® dealer, NMC Power Systems. to install four new Cat 3516 diesel gensets for 20 MW of power controlled by a customized, completely automated switchgear system, designed with an N+1 configuration, which means the failure of any one unit will not impact the facility.
“Caterpillar custom designed everything for us,” said Scott Pollard vice president of operations. “Since its installation in 2012, we have had zero problems—it has worked flawlessly.”
Today, the facility serves as a primary data center for more than 50 companies, including multiple Fortune 500 corporations, such as Major League Baseball. It is certified by the Uptime Institute as a level Tier 3 data center, meaning it can run constantly without downtime for maintenance or system upgrades.
The long-term reliability of Cat equipment and excellent service has resulted in a lasting partnership. Future expansion plans call for the addition of four more Cat 3516 generator sets.