Datacentres of the world: A photo tour

Datacentres of the world: A photo tour

Summary: Datacentres are the IT palaces that provide the backbone of our working lives. Take a tour of datacentres around the world, from the UK to Iceland to Texas, in this round-up of cutting-edge facilities.


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  • BladeRoom datacentre factory

    Pictured above is the BladeRoom datacentre factory in Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, UK. 

    BladeRoom has been in the business of building and selling datacentres for five years, putting to work its expertise gained over 20 years of making self-contained facilities for the healthcare and food sectors. Its containers have helped Capgemini achieve a high level of efficiency with its Merlin datacentre in Swindon.

    It takes one day for the floor section of a module to be mated with the ceiling module via struts and to have its floor panelled with wood. Once the floor and ceiling have been combined (pictured, left), the module is panelled (right) and then modified internally to conform to the design specifications of the buyer.

    Installed BladeRoom modules reported PUE ratings of between 1.13 and 1.34, the company told ZDNet when we visited in 2011.

    GALLERY: Inside a datacentre factory

    Image: Jack Clark

  • Colt modular datacentre

    Above: a Colt modular datacentre, part of London 3, a much larger legacy Colt site in Welwyn Garden City, UK. The modules are stacked on top of one another inside Colt's 100,000-square-foot warehouse (pictured).

    Colt operates 19 datacentres across Europe providing colocation and managed infrastructure services to a variety of businesses. With around over 1,000 racks, and with an aggregate power drawdown of 33MVA, London 3 is one of Colt's most important datacentres. It represents six percent of the co-location provider's datacentre capacity in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. For this reason, Colt has chosen the site as a flagship for its new modular hall design for datacentres.

    The manufacture and testing of the modules is done by Colt, before being shipped to the customer site.

    GALLERY: Inside Colt's modular co-location datacentre

    Image: Jack Clark

  • Verne Global datacentre, Iceland

    Iceland, with its abundant geothermal resources, is aiming to become a destination for low-cost datacentres, and colocation specialist Verne Global is one of the first to set up a facility in the country.

    The company has shipped a Colt datacentre module to Iceland and it installed in an ex-NATO military base. The module consumes around 1.5MW of power. The site has a substation that can supply up to 60MW of power, and the company has secured guaranteed low-cost electricity from Icelandic utility Landsvirkjun for the next 20 years.

    State-owned Landsvirkjun is able to provide Verne Global with 100-percent 'green' electricity, as it generates power from renewable hydroelectric and geothermal sources native to Iceland.

    Colt's modules are built to an exoskeletal design where their power distribution (pictured), cooling and fire-suppression systems are placed on the outside of the module. This means they can be maintained without having to have lots of people traipsing in and out of the server rooms.

    READ MORE: Inside an Icelandic datacentre

    Image: Jack Clark


Topics: Cloud, Data Centers, Datacentre Tour

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