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Final module stage
One of the final stages a module goes through before being shipped to the customer is to have its airflow and electrical systems tested.
Power, fire suppression, the bus and other electronic control systems are all amalgamated through the central overhead cable basket (pictured), which runs the length of each module.
The basket makes it easier to fit everything at the end location and increases the ease of general purpose maintenance. It also eliminates the complications of having two competing areas of airflow, which is what happens when the main room is partitioned away from the underground area.
As far as design methodology goes, BladeRoom feels its approach is closest to that of Colt. Both companies develop modular datacentre systems that can be put together, then broken down and easily re-assembled, Smith said.
Photo credit: Jack Clark
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