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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.
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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.
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Image: Jack Clark