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Low to High Density Cooling - A Flexible Data Centre Solution

The BladeRoom System offers a more flexible way to manage IT equipment within a data centre, allowing low, medium and high density IT racks in any configuration without impacting the efficiency of the data centre solution.

The unique design of the BladeRoom system allows customers to fully utilise the IT racks and to mix low and high density racks in the same row.

The inherent ability of the cooling system to deliver the correct volumes of air when called for by the IT, coupled with a highly sensitive monitoring system, enables an IT room to support a mix of racks of varying density from 1kW to in excess of 24kW operating next to each other.

Low, Medium & High Density Racks in the Same Aisle

As long as the total kW capacity of the data centre is not exceeded IT can be distributed freely across the racks without the need for designated high density areas, particularly useful for rapidly changing environments like colocation data centres.

Occupying a data centre over time is made simpler removing need to speculate over the future growth and the allocation of IT within the data centre space. IT equipment can be added, upgraded and rearranged into any configuration at any point without additional investment in cooling infrastructure or restrictions where the IT can be located.

The flexibility of the system is ideally suited to new ways of managing IT servers such as cloud computing, providing a housing that is as flexible as the cloud.

A range of rack densities, from 1kW per rack to beyond 24kW per rack, can be delivered in a BladeRoom data centre, enabling the provision of low, medium or high densities - or a combination of all three within the same facility.

The patent pending BladeRoom cooling system allows any rack to be made low, medium or high density without additional cooling equipment or special provisions required.

A rack can start at a very low density and be filled over time to beyond 24kW per rack without any loss of efficiency, offering real future proofing and flexibility as technology moves towards higher density IT setups.

BladeRoom data centres can be scaled up or down in size to closely match business demand and offer the required number of racks and IT capacity, allowing any facility to change from a low to medium to high density throughout it's operational life.

Low, Medium & High Density Zoned Aisles

The BladeRoom system has been rigorously tested and proven to achieve densities over 24kW per rack using 100% free air cooling, something that has not previously been achieved.

As there is enormous diversity in peak loads of the individual servers, the dynamic entrainment of ambient air is sufficient to cool the servers in all but the most extreme external conditions. In such conditions, the standby cooling system will be used when called for by the BMS, albeit rarely (less than 1% of the annual operating cycle in temperate climates).

The flexibility with which low, medium and high density IT racks can be arranged in a BladeRoom data centre makes zoning areas for different applications or different users extremely simple.

The flexibility with which low, medium and high density IT racks can be arranged in a BladeRoom data centre makes zoning areas for different applications or different users extremely simple.

There is no special provision required for high or low density racks, allowing the operator the freedom to create, expand or remove zones as required as long as the total kW capacity is not exceeded.

If the user seeks to separate IT into different areas, aisles can be allocated for specific applications with different density requirements, with low density storage rooms and medium to high density server rooms.

Zones can also be isolated facilities with independent security, power and cooling infrastructure, allowing varying levels of resilience, security and densities across a number of BladeRoom zones, quickly creating large data centres tailored to the specific requirements of the user.

2MW Zoned Data Centre

9MW Zoned Data Centre

In this way the BladeRoom system can be used to quickly accommodate different users with very different requirements on the same site.

Zoning of BladeRooms can take place in the following ways:

Tier 3 swichboard

Adding an additional Air Optimiser and power management room to a BladeRoom system will increase resilience from Tier 3 to Tier 4. In this way separate high resilience areas can be created.

The configuration on site could incorporate individual areas dedicated to specific densities - for example high density rooms with racks in excess of 24kW average load for high volume activities.

Live audio-visual camera in a BladeRoom data centre

For specific areas where physical security may be an issue, particularly in co-location data centres, separate areas can be created to serve a specific need or client.

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