July 8, 2016

Schneider Electric & Bluebird Network unveil expanded underground data center

Bluebird Network opens new underground data center within a limestone mine by leveraging Schneider Electric’s expertise.

Schneider Electric, the energy management and automation specialist, along with Bluebird Network, a broadband fiber optic transport provider that services carrier, enterprise and data center customers in the American Midwest, recently announced the opening of Bluebird Network’s expanded underground data center 85 feet beneath the Earth’s surface.

Bluebird was looking to grow and attract new customers to its existing 80,000 square foot underground data center and enlisted Schneider Electric to deal with the challenges of expanding 16,000 square feet within an underground limestone mine. Schneider Electric’s Data Center Service Provider (DCSP) team developed a three-phased approach for expanding Bluebird’s underground data center to implement tailored solutions throughout the data center lifecycle, including Building Management System (BMS) integration services, Uniflair cooling solutions, Remote Power Panels (RPPs) and more, without interrupting ongoing operations.

Michael Morey, President and CEO of Bluebird Network and Bluebird Underground commented:

Our support and services are mission critical for many of our customers, and we needed a partner that could help us maintain connectivity for our day-to-day operations during the data center expansion. With Schneider Electric as a partner, the completion of this initial stage of our expansion enables us to focus on future updates in order to meet the increasing demands of our data center customers, while also providing ongoing support through our carrier-class Internet and transport services.

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