Johnson Controls Brings Innovative Technologies to Data Centers

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Portfolio of products supports strategic growth in mission-critical market

MILWAUKEE – (Feb. 11, 2019) – Johnson Controls announces a broad range of new, industry-focused products to support the unique needs of data centers. Developed in response to data center customers facing the challenge of complex environments and water scarcity, these advanced products help data centers lower power and water usage effectiveness (PUE and WUE) as well as total cost of ownership (TCO). Our products also provide data centers with innovative fire suppression solutions.

Our Operations, Maintenance and Repair Services reduce unplanned downtime, increase asset life and reliability, and ensure productive environments. With data-enabled analytics our customers can choose from a suite of predictive maintenance applications such as Smart Connected Chillers, Enterprise Management, HVAC Vibration Analysis, Metasys® Performance Verification, Predictive Utility Cost Optimization and Remote Operations Services.

“Co-location, enterprise and cloud data center companies all have challenges that come with high growth,” said Michael Zarrilli, executive director, Data Center Solutions, Johnson Controls. “From low-noise fire suppression systems to smart HVAC equipment to robust on-site services, our broad, specialized portfolio of integrated solutions helps minimize costs, maximize performance and deliver on our promise of enabling smarter, safer and more reliable data centers.”
“Co-location, enterprise and cloud data center companies all have challenges that come with high growth.” -- Michael Zarrilli, executive director, Data Center Solutions, Johnson Controls

Products designed specifically for data centers include:

YORK® Mission Critical Direct Evaporative Cooling (DEC) Air Handling Units (AHUs) yield an ultra-efficient, partial-power usage effectiveness (pPUE) of less than 1.1. Unlike most DEC AHUs, YORK® Mission Critical Air Handling Units are designed to meet phased data center expansion strategies and feature high media efficiency to reduce water usage.

The YORK® YVFA Free-cooling VSD Screw Chiller uses integrated, high-efficiency air-to-liquid free cooling coils to reduce or eliminate the need for mechanical cooling when ambient conditions allow. Intelligent controls optimize energy use year-round, constantly evaluating conditions and reducing compressor and fan speeds to provide the most efficient unit operation throughout the entire chiller operating range.

The ANSUL Acoustic Nozzle, in combination with an INERGEN Fire Suppression System, can be used to suppress fires in server rooms and data centers where sound levels may affect sensitive electronic equipment. The Acoustic Nozzle directs inert gas agent into the hazard area and reduces the sound level compared with standard nozzles.

During a fire event, it’s critical the hazard is suppressed without damaging valuable equipment. The AquaMist® Ultra Low Flow (ULF) is an FM-approved pre-action, high-pressure solution that releases up to 80 percent less water compared to a traditional pre-action system.

Johnson Controls Enterprise Management is a comprehensive, cloud-based platform that proactively analyzes building data and helps find opportunities for improved performance. It can quickly identify and diagnose equipment problems and help take corrective action to fix them.

As surges in server density put pressure on existing cooling infrastructure, Johnson Controls Central Plant Optimization (CPO) can offer improved power usage effectiveness and better use of existing infrastructure to meet growing cooling loads. CPO takes a holistic approach to dispatching plant equipment and set points to minimize energy and water costs for the cooling plant based on future predicted loads, weather and utility prices.

Johnson Controls Connected Security Solution gets ahead of security events with a revolutionary monitoring client that employs an advanced risk algorithm, machine learning, and external data to proactively protect you from threats to your data center, including insider threats. Enhanced Insider Security from Johnson Controls is a powerful and proactive solution that generates real time locations of people and assets from unique wireless sensors, analyzes the data and creates custom alerts of suspicious or unauthorized behavior.

You can see all these solutions and more at this year’s Data Center World show in Phoenix, Arizona. Visit us at booth 621.

About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls is a global diversified technology and multi-industrial leader serving a wide range of customers in more than 150 countries. Our 120,000 employees create intelligent buildings, efficient energy solutions, integrated infrastructure and next generation transportation systems that work seamlessly together to deliver on the promise of smart cities and communities. Our commitment to sustainability dates back to our roots in 1885, with the invention of the first electric room thermostat. We are committed to helping our customers win and creating greater value for all of our stakeholders through strategic focus on our buildings and energy growth platforms. For additional information, please visit or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.

About Johnson Controls Building Technologies & Solutions
Johnson Controls Building Technologies & Solutions is making the world safer, smarter and more sustainable – one building at a time. Our technology portfolio integrates every aspect of a building – whether security systems, energy management, fire protection or HVACR – to ensure that we exceed customer expectations at all times. We operate in more than 150 countries through our unmatched network of branches and distribution channels, helping building owners, operators, engineers and contractors enhance the full lifecycle of any facility. Our arsenal of brands includes some of the most trusted names in the industry, such as Tyco®, YORK®, Metasys®, Ruskin®, Titus®, Frick®, PENN®, Sabroe®, Simplex® and Grinnell®. For more information, visit or follow @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.

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Ryan Nolan
Global Public Relations Program Manager,
Building Technologies & Solutions, Johnson Controls