Technology -> Data Management
Released: 19th November 2012
Publisher: Turtle Consulting Group
Until now Modular Data Centre has meant either a number of racks installed in an ISO-style shipping container or in a pre-fabricated building. While both are modular they come in fairly large and expensive ‘chunks’ and are often used as buildings within buildings rather than being stand-alone buildings in their own right.
New to the commercial modular data centre industry is Cannon Technologies’ Incremental T4 Modular Datacentre - a complete external grade data centre building that can be almost any size or shape, capable of withstanding wind, rain, snow, seismic activity, hurricanes and desert heat yet can be specified (and extended) in units as small as one standard data rack width.
A complete building in its own right, able to house offices and NOCs in addition to data halls, and in many jurisdictions it needs no planning permission because, despite its 25+ year design life it can be classed as a temporary structure. It also protects investment because it is just as easy to disassemble, transport and re-use as it is to assemble in the first place.
Not only this but without any need for cranes or special transporters and road closures for delivery - it is rapidly assembled onsite. Every panel is one-man manageable and simply slots together to form a building complete with data racks in place. From site delivery to complete working datacentre from a few days to two or three weeks
Cannon Technologies has used its 30 years of experience building outdoor structures for the military and telecoms network sectors to create its new Incremental Modular T4 Data Centre. New, that is, to the commercial sector – in fact the building system has been developed over many years for military data centre applications and is therefore well tried and tested.
With its ability to be specified and extended in very small increments, the Incremental Modular T4 Data Centre can be deployed in spaces where other modular forms cannot – for example in small pockets of space and around obstructions in layouts from square, to rectangular, to “∏”, “L” and “H” shapes even more complex shapes. Being relatively lightweight and with no need for cranes for delivery it can even be deployed on building roofs.
Conventional ‘bricks-and-mortar” data centres have always been very heavily front-loaded in terms of capital expenditure (CapEx) and spend most of their working lives far below maximum efficiency on either CapEx or OpEx. The other types of modular datacentres help somewhat by delaying CapEx, but they tend to have a premium cost by their very nature. Cannon Technologies’ Incremental T4 Modular Data Centre due to its polyhedral construction is highly cost efficient, well insulated to reduce solar gain and together with close coupled or free cooling represents usually a significantly lower CapEx and OpEx cost than bricks-and-mortar, containerised or pre-fabricated alternatives.
By way of its extremely small module of incremental growth (which by the way is also extremely easy and quick to implement) it is believed to represent the best pay-as-you-grow data centre solution now available.
Heavy Duty Specification
Based on over 20 years’ experience with this building construction technique in the field, Cannon Technologies has designed and factory builds the system to high specification based on a number of industry standards.
Built usually of 100mm walls, each of two 2mm fully galvanised and powder coated skins with Rockwool insulation – the entire building is fire rated to typically one hour in accordance with BS476 Pt20&22. With similar constructional specimens over 20 years old still looking good and performing well in the field, life expectancy is 25+ years
It is lightning protected to BS EN62305 and wind resistant up to 150mph. (Suitable ground fixings are needed to avoid sliding in hurricane conditions.)
Physical security is paramount and the building is designed to meet LPS1175 Rating-3, Tools Category-3 – meaning it can withstand a deliberate attempt at forced entry using bodily physical force and tools such as axe, cold chisel, brick bolster, crow bar, lump hammer and cordless drill.
The building can be constructed on a concrete pad or without, using a specially designed sub-frame.
It is designed specifically to allow simple assembly, disassembly, removal and re-deployment, enabling any global site to be utilised
For more on Cannon Technologies: http:// www.cannontech.co.uk
A video showing the construction technique and full details can be viewed at http://turt.co/can196
Photos Available Here:
Cannon Technologies Incremental T4 Data Centre Showing Increments Of One Rack Width
Cannon Technologies Incremental T4 Data Centre Installed
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ABOUT CANNON TECHNOLOGIES
With a 34 year pedigree , Cannon Technologies provides T4 Data Centre Solutions around the globe - from building complete data centres as turnkey projects up to TIA 942 Tier 4; to suites of intelligent, environmentally managed racks including cold-aisle cocooning, per-rack access control, video surveillance, intelligent power distribution and UPS. For more information please visit www.cannontech.co.uk
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Debby Freeman on: +44 (0) 1487 843366
Phil Turtle on: +44 (0) 70 7470 7080
Turtle Consulting Group
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