UK operator opens flagship facility

Datum data center will act as a blueprint for future energy efficient data center design

24 January 2013 by Penny Jones - DatacenterDynamics

UK operator opens flagship facility
Inside Datum's new UK data center

UK colocation provider Datum has opened the first phase of its carrier-neutral flagship facility, a 40,000 sq ft data center at the high-security QinetiQ Cody Technology Park in Farnborough.

Aimed at enterprise customers, the data center will be built out in four phases, the first providing 250 rack positions with an average and maximum IT load of 3.5kW and 20kW per rack respectively.

Once fully complete it will cater to 1,000 racks.

Keysource designed the data center, which is expected to deliver a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.25.

The data center uses Keysource’s Ecofris cooling solution, which is designed to offer N+1 cooling and be scalable as future phases come online. It uses a free cooling based flooded airflow design and intelligent energy systems.

The facility uses a standardized design throughout and offers high levels of resilience, according to Keysource Managing Director Mike West, with 2N electrical infrastructure and back-up power generation.

“Working closely with Datum we have been able to develop a world-class facility that boasts high levels of efficiency, availability and flexibility,” West said.

“Our partnership will enable them to deliver quality and environmentally responsible colocation solutions for mid-sized to large enterprise clients and IT service providers.”

Datum managing director Dominic Phillips said Datum plans on eventually building out a network of regional facilities using this site as its blueprint.

At present, the Datum facility is made up of three buildings, including an energy center which houses backup power generation and office building.

The QinetiQ Cody Technology Park was built in 1996 to cater for the consolidation of the Defence Research Agencies.

It has since been privatized and is run by QinetiQ, a defence technology and security company.



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