Inside a datacentre factory

Inside a datacentre factory

Summary: BladeRoom's datacentre factory, located just east of the Welsh border, is where the company assembles, tests and calibrates its datacentre modules, which are shipped to companies around the world


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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.

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    See more of the datacentre tour on ZDNet UK.

  • BladeRoom workers

    Around 60 people work for BladeRoom, with 20 directly involved in the assembly and delivery of the datacentre modules.

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  • BladeRoom module types

    BladeRoom's datacentres are all designed to be broken down into individual pre-engineered modular components. These modules come in three varieties: air optimiser, IT module and power management.

    They can be trucked down the motorway and loaded onto ships for international delivery. BladeRoom is using this method to transport the Australian-bound Metronode modules (pictured).

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    See more of the datacentre tour on ZDNet UK.

Topics: Datacentre Tour, Networking

Jack Clark

About Jack Clark

Currently a reporter for ZDNet UK, I previously worked as a technology researcher and reporter for a London-based news agency.

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