The DatacenterDynamics Award recognises an innovative response to challenges of space utilisation, power distribution and back-up, cooling, access and security - the hallmarks of small data centres. In this case, Schneider Electric Elite Partner, APT, designed and implemented a high density data centre with a contained hot aisle for the PCT. The use of the over-aisle cooling solution takes up no data centre floor space whatsoever, enabling equipment cabinet space to be maximised.
“The over-aisle cooling means that none of the valuable white space in the data centre is taken up with cooling equipment – providing more physical room for servers,” said Martin Powis, Head of IT & Telecoms Infrastructure at NHS Airedale, Bradford and Leeds. “Since the hot aisle is contained, the data centre can run higher power density and higher server temperatures more predictably. In addition to a better managed and more productive environment, this will also enable lower operating costs as the physical infrastructure is run nearer to optimum efficiency.”
The award winning data centre includes 8 equipment racks protected by an 80kW APC Symmetra UPS (64kW N+1), with the InRow OA cooling units suspended over the contained hot aisle and providing up to 8kW/ rack cooling capacity. Both the cooling and power protection is scalable and the room can accommodate a further two equipment cabinets if required (cabling and pipe work is pre-installed to enable the space to be utilised at a later date).
In addition to maximising the space available for compute, APT were also able to meet two important limitations affecting the data centre build: Firstly the data centre is housed in a listed building (i.e., on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest) and therefore the customer wanted to avoid the complications of special planning requirements needed for building alterations.
Secondly, since the building is leased, the PCT wanted to be sure that any data centre infrastructure equipment in which it invested would be portable and re-usable should a move to a new location be required at some point in the future. The cooling design is able to ensure sufficient airflow using a hard deck instead, avoiding the cost of a suspended floor as well as the difficulties indicated above.
For more details contact Schneider Electric on 0800 2799254 or Advanced Power Technology on 0845 8387809.
About Schneider Electric
As a global specialist in energy management with operations in more than 100 countries, Schneider Electric offers integrated solutions across multiple market segments, including leadership positions in Utilities & Infrastructures, Industries & Machine Manufacturers, Non-residential Buildings, Data Centres & Networks and in Residential. Focused on making energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, the Group’s 130,000 plus employees achieved sales of 22.4 billion euros in 2011, through an active commitment to help individuals and organizations make the most of their energy.
About Advanced Power Technologies
Advanced Power Technology Ltd (APT) is a leading independent supplier of Energy Efficient Critical Power and Cooling Systems to protect server rooms, data centres and other mission critical installations. Established in 1990, APT is an Elite Partner to APC by Schneider Electric and offers energy efficient power and cooling solutions to support clients’ business critical applications.