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Cooling for the facility is achieved by five chillers, which consume 1.5MW of power each. Air is sucked up underneath through cooling grills and water-cooled coils, and then pulled into the facility via the refrigerant chillers. Two further chillers are set to be delivered.
As with any datacentre, security is a priority. The security hut (pictured, bottom right) is used to check the identities of people coming on site during the construction process for Data Hall Three.
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Spare parts racks
The company keeps around £1.8m worth of spare parts on site so that it can quickly swap out and replace servers in case of hardware faults. Typically, when servers fail it is because of a hard-drive failure, Boyd said. However, Rackspace keeps on-site spares for numerous components, including motherboards, PSUs and RAM.
In addition, the company can provide an integration service for Google's enterprise search tool, the Google Search Appliance, which some customers buy to increase the efficiency of searching through their data.
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