An energy-efficient data centre was designed for the MOD which will reduce power consumption and greenhouse gas emissions while saving the UK taxpayer money.
The MOD wanted a new centre to improve administrative efficiency and manage an increasing digital workload. It had to adhere to the objectives of the Defence Sustainable Development Strategy, delivering operational excellence, resilience and security at a value for money price.
Workspace Technology Ltd worked closely with the Defence Information Infrastructure and Defence Infrastructure Organisation throughout the 12-month project from the pre-design phase through to the delivery and commissioning phases.
When compared to existing MOD data centre infrastructure the solution, devised by DII, DIO and Workspace Technology in partnership with the main contractor Integral, will reduce power consumption by more than 6.3 million kilowatts, and reduce CO2 by 3,308 tonnes each year of its operation.
In comparison to existing legacy MOD data centres, this energy efficient centre is expected to reduce the energy bill by £630,000 every year throughout the life time of the infrastructure. Allowing for energy inflation at the current rate this infrastructure is expected to save the UK Taxpayer around £1 0 million over the next ten years.
The Solution – Schneider IT APC lnfraStruXure
It became clear that the installation of APC’s modular range of lnfraStruXure technology would best support energy efficiency and the technical demands of the data centre. APC lnfraStruXure flexible architecture is based on efficient and reliable components designed to deliver exceptional performance for data centre installations.
Workspace Technology Ltd delivered a complete turnkey solution in compliance with Defence Standards and Joint Service Publications, including computer grade raised access floor and associated sub structures required to support military standard installation. Installation including energy efficient chillers combined with free cooling units, chilled water distribution pipework and associated mechanical services, and dynamic control systems enabling maximum freecooling.
All technical build out including rack enclosures, aisle enclosures, localised power and structured cabling were delivered with Workspace Technology’s own in-house expert data centre operatives.
Workspace Technology Ltd will be providing a full range of engineering support services to ensure the ongoing optimisation, energy efficient performance and resilience of the data centre infrastructure including planned preventative maintenance and 24-hours-a-day call out via a three-year contract.
Managing Director Roy Griffiths said: “This project consolidates our position as the UK’s leading APC Elite data centre partner. Our team have set an exceptionally high benchmark for quality and professionalism exceeding all industry expectations.
Workspace Technology is the elite partner of choice for a growing number of organisations who recognise our ability to provide qualified and dedicated solution engineers, on-going support, technical information and visibility to the new and fast-moving developments within the data centre infrastructure environment.”