The Protective Life Data Center project included the replacement and upgrading of power, cooling and other physical plant infrastructure components in addition to facility improvements within the Data Center. Construction occurred parallel with existing operations without downtime and additional risks.
At the time, Protective Life Corporation was a Fortune 500, publicly-traded life insurance company, and their data center, located in Birmingham, Alabama, was vital to their functioning. It was essential that their system be up and running the entirety of the project to ensure data functions would continue without interruption; a breach in operation or security would be detrimental to the company. BL Harbert International was tasked with upgrading their data center from a Tier 3+ to Tier 1, with no outages.
Supporting Infrastructure Subsystems
Extensive work included 8-inch chilled water lines from the basement chiller plant tied in to active chilled water loops, installation of a third 1,000-kW generator, emergency switchgear, seven automatic transfer switches (ATS) and fourteen 4-inch conduits. BL Harbert International also re-fed new electrical feeds to all the existing computer room air conditioner (CRAC) units while maintaining operation.