Webfusion Data Centre Update
At the end of 2012 the Leeds Datacentre refit project got underway. We have partnered with Workspace Technology, a specialist server room and Solutions Company, for the multi-million pound build.
This project has been commissioned because of the rise in energy prices alongside increased server power, meaning the need for increased efficiency is at the top of our priority list. The project has been split into 2 main stages. The first phase has seen us split the building in two. As this phase reaches its conclusion, here is a quick update of how things are getting on.
- Once we cleared the area, a new modular wall was constructed. This wall will provide the thermal and fire protection for the new DC suite. This wall will allow us to prevent wasted energy by only managing the heat load of the equipment inside the room; reducing thermal intrusion from external sources
- We have also begun the process of refitting the room which has taken around 4 months to complete. The room has been built from the ground up. Cable trays, power distribution, fire suppression pipework and environmental monitoring were the first items to be added
- A large percentage of the flooring has been put in, and the 1.2m height of this raised floor will ensure that airflow under is not hindered by the cabling and tray-work
- We have cleared the parking area. The DC will also have powerful equipment (chillers, generator, cooling towers) placed outdoors that will generate the power and cool that will be supplied to the DC
The next tasks are to complete the flooring, complete the 2nd fix for all the under floor cabling. Then the 112 IT cabs will be installed along with the false ceiling and lighting.
For those who are curious about how a Datacentre works, once the modular wall is complete, we will use the raised floor to blow the cool air in to the cabinet room and take the hot air out through the void ceiling. The CRAC unit’s then recirculated and cool the air down, restarting the process again and again.
Here are some pictures from the build so far:
We will be adding more updates of the project so keep checking in to see how things are progressing!