Inside Capgemini's free-cooled datacentre

Inside Capgemini's free-cooled datacentre

Summary: ZDNet UK has toured Merlin, Capgemini's sustainable, modular, energy-efficient 10,000-square-foot datacentre that has plans to be scaled up to three times that capacity

TOPICS: Networking

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  • The facility is currently certified to Impact Level 3, a government-set security standard for facilities that store data. This requires a huge level of perimeter security. At Merlin, when modules or equipment are brought inside the facility, they are unloaded into a cage (pictured), where they are screened prior to installation.

  • The electrical equipment, fire systems and associated IT infrastructure at Merlin (pictured at top) are carried 18 feet above ground level. This was part of Capgemini's strategy for minimising the carbon expended during construction of the facility, according to Anderson.

    By not placing the support infrastructure underneath an artificial floor, it is easier for Capgemini to install new modules and to maintain existing equipment, he said.

  • This ventilation grill is where waste heat from the modules is ejected. "When we had these up at load testing, you could fry a chicken in here. The air came out at 47 degrees Celsius," Anderson said.

Topic: 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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