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HP has opened a new datacentre at Wynyard near Billingham in north-east England, measuring 300,000 square feet. The datacentre, which will eventually host data for large government and corporate clients, became operational last week.
The datacentre is Tier 3, meaning it has hefty levels of security. It is designed to host clients of HP's Enterprise Services division. Some of the data held by the Department for Work and Pensions is hosted at the centre, while the Ministry of Defence is also a client.
Wynyard is mainly fresh-air cooled, which keeps costs down and lowers environmental impact, according to HP. The company said it built the centre at Wynyard to take advantage of the cold winds that blow off the North Sea.
This picture shows some of the cabinets in data hall 2. Vents in the floor allow air to circulate around the hall. The temperature of the air is maintained at 24°C. There are four 1,000-square metre halls, each with a power capacity of 2.2kW per metre squared.