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Photos: The mantrapped datacentre in the heart of Brick Lane

How Interxion is serving the City of London from behind the curry houses...
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By Tim Ferguson on
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Datacentre roof with the City in background

How Interxion is serving the City of London from behind the curry houses...

London's Brick Lane is known for playing host to numerous curry houses, bars and fabric merchants - but it has its very own IT facility too.

Datacentre and managed services provider Interxion has recently expanded its facility in the heart of Brick Lane, boosting the datacentre by 525 square metres to a total footprint of 5,155 square metres.

Customers using the Brick Lane facility include digital media and gaming businesses, as well as financial trading and investment firms. The datacentre's proximity to the City means it can provide low-latency connectivity for investment banks that require split-second processing of trades.

Shown above are the fan coils that help cool the datacentre - the skyscrapers of the City of London can be seen in the background.

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Datacentre mantrap

Being in such a central location, security is a key concern for the Brick Lane datacentre. In order to access the datacentre once inside the building, employees and clients must pass through a mantrap entrance with two interlocking doors. Biometric data - in the form of fingerprints or iris scans - is required to pass through both doors.

If an individual's biometric data fails to match that which the security system has on file, they are detained inside the mantrap between the two sets of doors.

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Datacentre cold aisle

This is the cool aisle of the Interxion datacentre, seen from above, with the grey power cables and yellow overhead cable trays containing Ethernet and fibre-optic cabling both visible.

The cold aisle holds 28 server cabinets and is cooled by air conditioning which passes through the high-density server racks.

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Red patch cabling

Shown above are just a few of the many red patch cables needed to connect the servers to the datacentre's network.

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Datacentre cooling system

The datacentre's cooling system uses the pumps on the left to move the water around the system, with the pipes on the right bringing in cool water and taking away water warmed as it flows around the facility.

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Datacentre roof air conditioning

The cooling system uses heat exchange units located on the roof of the datacentre which are protected from lightning by the metal rods above.

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Datacentre roof with City in background

The datacentre uses the outside air temperature to keep the temperature of the water down, a process known as free cooling. The chiller units are on the roof of the facility from where the City is clearly visible.

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Datacentre power transformer

The power for the datacentre is distributed from the transformer system - above - which has two separate electricity feeds in case one fails, represented by the orange and blue front panels.

The system distributes the power via busbars above the transformer which are also designed to minimise energy loss through heat.

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