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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.
The racks in the data halls are housed in 'cool cubes' with vents in the floor to circulate the cooled air. Ventilation circulates up through the floor and around the server racks.
When HP was in the process of designing the datacentre, they looked at the 100-year weather record for the region and found that the location was ideal for fresh-air cooling, according to Maurice Julian, HP UK facilities project director.
The datacentre has eight chillers, but HP expects them to be used as chillers for only 20 hours per year, Julian said. The chillers will be run as dehumidifiers for 200 hours per year.