Research Facility Data Centre Design And Build, With Improved Energy Efficiency
This research organisation, based in
the south-west of England, has been
on its present site since the 1970s. In January 2014 the team there
began working with INFINITI to
help them with their server room
challenges, including a large scale
data centre expansion.
Higher Education and Research Facility Data Centre
The research facility's server room dated back to the 1970s and was in desperate need of an overhaul, with a number of challenges being faced:
- Having already extended their server room twice they had now reached full capacity
- The air conditioning was no longer energy efficient and was reaching the end of its lifespan
- Maintenance contracts were due to expire
- Modern working requirements were not catered for and the server room would soon impact staff productivity and hamper the organisation’s growth plans
- Wiring was a major challenge and the organisation was unable to find a company to take on the rewiring task
- There was no centralised Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), leaving the organisation open to system failures
- There was no dedicated server room fi re suppression facility
The work carried out by the INFINITI
Planning a complete redesign of
the available space
INFINITI was able to identify three new
areas that were suitable for expansion. The
organisation’s project team chose the original
server room area, expanded into an adjacent
meeting room and storage area. Noisy and
disruptive work in this space had to be kept to
a minimum and out of hours where possible
due to the close proximity of staff offices.
Demolition and rebuild
According to INFINITI’s Managing Director
Peter Sands: “We took the areas right back
to a bare shell. This involved removing legacy
sound proofing materials originally used to
reduce the noise of the old mainframes.
In total four 16 yard skips were required to
separate all the materials for recycling, as per
the waste management plan and our own
environmental policy. All noisy works were
carried out in the early mornings, evenings
and at weekends so we didn’t disturb staff .”
INFINITI’s project team also managed all
on-site resources during this ti me including
electricians, pipe fitters, flooring specialists,
and other specialist contractors.
Installing the new Research Facility Data Centre
The new data centre has been situated in a much larger space. The walls and doors have been constructed from fire rated soundproof composite panels and there are four new large efficient data centre air conditioning units: three are always on and one is available as backup (N+1). INFINITI also installed new server and network racks, UPS and electrical systems, fully managed intelligent power distribution units (PDU), Environmental Monitoring Systems (EMS) and a Data Centre Infrastructure Manager (DCiM) that monitors the research facility data centre and power usage in real time. A new environmentally friendly fi re suppression facility has also been installed, making the research facility data centre far safer.
Installation of new data and fibre cabling solution
INFINITI worked very closely with the IT and networks team on a suitable design, and a complete upgrade of the organisation’s LAN was successfully completed within a live office environment. The new research facility data centre data connectivity and Local Area Network (LAN) used over 30km of fibre optic and CAT6 copper data cable throughout the entire six storey building which has 650 live ports.
With double the original capacity, the organisation is now able to take on additional projects and generate increased revenue as a result. The build didn’t affect staff and work was able to carry on as usual. The area is bright, cool and efficient, creating a much improved working space for the IT team. They now also receive data centre alerts by email so they know about any temperature, humidity, power or cooling system issues before they can cause any damage.
“We are very proud to have been able to provide a high quality data centre solution for this world leading laboratory. The construction of the research facility data centre needed to be scalable, efficient and provide a much more stable environment for the organisation to continue its valued research, without compromise or restrictions.”
Peter Sands, Managing Director, INFINITI
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