Rackspace's datacentre in Slough has been built to balance efficiency with ease of access, as its managed hosting business requires it to offer a variety of services that include the rapid swapping out of servers.
It is also the cradle for Rackspace's UK-based cloud, and the company has plans to expand the facility by a further 17,000 square feet in August in a bid to boost its compute capacity. It also wants to make it more efficient by introducing some free-air cooling.
Rackspace keeps a vast amount of spare servers on site so that it can swap out hardware in case of failures. Photo credit: Rackspace
|Facility||Two data halls within Rackspace's prime UK facility, with a third hall in the process of construction.|
|Power usage effectiveness (PUE)||1.7. Once the expansion is complete, this should go down to 1.59|
|Size||Two halls of 36,000 square feet, plus an additional 17,000 square feet in August with the completion of the third data hall.|
|Racks||1,600, with a further 830 available in August|
|KW per rack||Average of 3.5KW|
|Cooling||Direct expansion via Crac units. Cooling coils if less than 14°C|
|Hardware||Predominantly Dell, with Cisco as the lead for networking.|
|Designed by||Hurley Palmer Flatt|
|IT power||3.3MW, with 1.1MW to be added in August, expandable up to 3.2MW|
|Opened||June 2008. Data Hall Three due to open in August 2011.|
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