Modular and Containerized Data Center Solutions

btn_contactOver the last decade the biggest IT challenge organizations have contended with is keeping their facilities for IT in line with their dynamic IT needs. The decentralization of IT first caused a distributed server sprawl before virtualization reined IT back. With IT we can plan and implement changes in a matter of weeks that affect the amount of space, power & cooling we need to facilitate our IT equipment.

Rapid IT Deployment Schedules

baselayer-EDGE-DMOD-Exterior-Front-Doors-OpenWho hasn’t been through a fire drill to get facility infrastructure in place to meet requirements for IT after the new IT equipment has already shown up. This has been one of the great divides between IT and Facilities personnel and Reason #1 to consider a modular or containerized data center solution as some of these modular and containerized data center solutions can be deployed rapidly and in line with a typical IT planning schedule.

Facility Scalability

Reason #2 to consider modular and containerized data center solutions is these solutions offer scalability.  Careful with this one though, as the power and cooling support infrastructure, such as your utility feed and switchgear and your central cooling plant don’t offer this scalability, but there is still a tremendous benefit to being able to offer scalability for the whitespace in your data center strategy. Another thing to consider is that some of the containerized data center building blocks are quite large. For instance, for an enterprise a 40 foot 500kW container that houses 1,000 quad core processors might be an acceptable building block, but how can we offer scalability to a small business that would never even grow into a 500KW 1,000 quad core need? It is this reason that PTS has developed a variety of modular and containerized data center solutions from micro containers to modular scalable exterior builds to highly efficient PODs available in sizes from 10-225 24kW racks. We can offer the right modular scalable data center building blocks to meet the requirements for any organization.

BladeRoom-modular-data-center-resizeHigh Efficiencies

Reason #3 to consider modular and containerized data center solutions is these solutions offer higher efficiency. As most data centers struggle to keep in the optimal efficiency range of their designed loads, modular and scalable architecture allow us to manage the optimal efficiency and add efficient capacity as needed. Most modular solutions also offer highly efficient close coupled cooling solutions that eliminate air mixing. The newest modular solution PTS offers, the BladeRoom Modular Data Center, has been designed from the outset to maximize data center efficiency, using free cooling for over 99% of the year and delivering a proven PUE as low as 1.13 in temperate climates across a large load range from 40% to 100% capacity and 1kW to 24kW per rack.  The PUE of the BladeRoom System varies depending on the climate in which the data center is located, with PUEs as low as 1.19 for temperate climates like the New York and 1.31 for hot and humid climates like Dubai.

BladeRoom-modular-data-center-IT-room-resizeReduced CAPEX Requirements

Reason #4 to consider modular and containerized data center solutions is these solutions can reduce CAPEX requirements. Because these solutions are modular and scalable movable assets they can be financed eliminating the need to come up with large upfront CAPEX investments to meet your data center capacity requirements. The other added benefit of the financing is these assets can be depreciated over a much faster timeframe than a CAPEX construction investment.

Emerson-Network-Power-SmartMod-infrastructure-solutionRepeatable Standards

Reason #5 to consider modular and containerized data center solutions is these solutions can be developed with repeatable standards. Many organizations have struggled having such a diverse portfolio of data center real estate that it has been hard to develop repeatable standards for power, cooling, cabling and physical security infrastructure. When we develop a repeatable building block with a modular or containerized data center solution, we can design and engineer repeatable standards providing the versatility to reuse these assets in any location. Yes, we may need to uniquely engineer the core power and cooling plant infrastructure in our real estate portfolio, but the scalable data center building blocks can be engineered once creating an incredible savings and economy of scale.

Firelock-fireproof-modular-vaultsStructural Security

Reason #6 to consider modular and containerized data center solutions is these solutions can provide a higher level of structural security. Many data centers that are constructed conventionally may have a 1 or 2 hour fire wall that has been voided by a 20 minute rated door or by a penetration that hasn’t been properly fire stopped.  More importantly these conventionally constructed data centers have no Class 125 rating so even if the fire doesn’t penetrate the data center perimeter the electronic media may be corrupted. The reality is conventionally built data centers offer little protection from catastrophic events like fire, wind, earthquakes, flood, or protect from building threats such as water, dust, EMI, RFI, theft and vandalism. FireLock Server Vaults offer up to 4 hour Class 125 fire protection as well as protection from all of the above threats.

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PTS has extensive experience in designing modular and containerized data center solutions to meet unique design criteria and business requirements. PTS understand what problems each of the modular solutions on the market solve and how scalable solutions are best applied with your power & cooling plant infrastructure or how to design and engineer supporting infrastructure around a modular or containerized data center rollout.

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BladeRoom Modular Data Center Efficiency and Sustainability

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BladeRoom-video-icon-energy-efficientBladeRoom energy efficient data centers have been designed from the outset to maximize data center efficiency, using free cooling for over 99% of the year and delivering a proven PUE as low as 1.13 in temperate climates across a large load range from 40% to 100% capacity.

The PUE of the BladeRoom System varies depending on the climate in which the data center is located, with PUEs as low as 1.13 for temperate climates like the UK and 1.31 for hot and humid climates like Dubai.

PUE figures have been calculated with all electrical loss through an external N+1 UPS system, N+1 standby generators, 2N transformers, plant ventilation systems and lighting. Independently the BladeRoom PUE for a data center located in the UK is below 1.1.

A BladeRoom data center with 1MW of IT will only require 130kW of additional power for everything else. This PUE delivers the lowest operating costs and carbon emissions available.

With such a small amount of power required for support systems and with mechanical cooling so rarely used, BladeRoom energy efficient data centers can allow a far greater proportion of site power to be dedicated to servers by running back-up cooling on generator power – maximizing available power and increasing overall IT capacity on a power-constrained site.

BladeRoom Modular Data Center PUE

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BladeRoom Data Center Climate Emulation

Proven through extensive field-testing, the BladeRoom system offers the highest efficiency and has been proven to consistently deliver an extremely low data center PUE over a range of IT loads.

BladeRoom Group invested over $800k in designing and manufacturing a ‘climate emulator’ to test the BladeRoom system’s energy efficiency over an extensive range of loads and temperature bands.

Seven zones of the psychometric chart (seven sets of climatic conditions with a variety of temperature and humidity levels) were tracked through weeks of testing, where a live BladeRoom system, housing 250kW of evenly distributed heat emulators, was tested with live loads ranging from 15% to 100%.

BladeRoom PUE figures are not calculated figures based upon very high loads, but are achieved in operation both partially and fully loaded. Quoted PUE figures include allowances for site electrical infrastructure losses – the UK example achieved PUE 1.13 with electrical losses and the data center in isolation was PUE 1.03 – 1.08 during live testing.

BladeRoom Modular Data Center Scalable Data Centers – Data Center Growth

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BladeRoom-video-icon-scalability-flexibilityThe global financial crisis has changed the way organizations are looking at new data center projects. With capital harder to obtain, businesses have to move away from speculatively building huge data centers for future needs, instead looking for a scalable way to deploy facilities, matching growth to demand.

The BladeRoom system is uniquely scalable, providing facilities of any size from small 10 rack data centers to huge multi-storey facilities – with the ability to start small and grow over time. The system can be used to unlock many potential sites that have gone undeveloped owing to the massive capital undertaking required. The initial data center requirement can be deployed quickly without spending on speculative future growth, with additional capacity delivered only when required, in as little as 12 weeks.

BladeRoom scalable data centers comprise a series of standardized IT rooms with scalable Air Optimizers and power management rooms. Delivering additional IT rooms, Air Optimizers and power management rooms can incrementally increase the size and capacity of the facility.

BladeRoom Modular Data Center Low, Medium, and High Density Racks

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A range of rack densities, from 1kW per rack to beyond 24kW per rack, can be delivered in a BladeRoom data center, enabling the provision of low, medium or high densities – or a combination of all three within the same facility. The patent pending BladeRoom cooling system allows any rack to be made low, medium or high density without additional cooling equipment or special provisions required.

A rack can start at a very low density and be filled over time to beyond 24kW per rack without any loss of efficiency, offering real future proofing and flexibility as technology moves towards higher density IT setups.

BladeRoom data centers can be scaled up or down in size to closely match business demand and offer the required number of racks and IT capacity, allowing any facility to change from a low to medium to high density throughout its operational life.

Low, Medium, & High Density Zoned Aisles
Low, Medium, & High Density Zoned Aisles

The BladeRoom system has been rigorously tested and proven to achieve densities over 24kW per rack using 100% free air cooling, something that has not previously been achieved. As there is enormous diversity in peak loads of the individual servers, the dynamic entrainment of ambient air is sufficient to cool the servers in all but the most extreme external conditions. In such conditions, the standby cooling system will be used when called for by the BMS, albeit rarely (less than 1% of the annual operating cycle in temperate climates).

BladeRoom Modular Data Center Scalable Data Centers – Resilience

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The BladeRoom system can be configured to Tier 3 or 4 levels of resilience, meeting full Uptime Institute specifications. Tier 3 or Tier 4 data centre specifications offer full concurrent maintenance with redundant components and dual distribution paths. The mechanical and electrical design of the BladeRoom system was developed in conjunction with Red Engineering, world leading M&E specialists in the design of resilient data centers.

Back-up Cooling

A back-up mechanical cooling system is provided to cool IT on the rare occasions when ambient conditions are too hot and humid or the system is in emergency mode.

VESDA

VESDA System
VESDA System

A VESDA system, backed up by independent smoke detection apparatus and suppression systems, integrates with the BMS and monitoring system to protect IT from smoke and dust.

 

 

 

 

Maintenance on Blade Center air optimizer while in live operation
Maintenance on Blade Center air optimizer while in live operation

Data Center Tier

The BladeRoom system has been approved by UK Uptime Institute Accredited Tier Designers as meeting full Tier 3 and Tier 4 levels of compliance when specified. This allows planned maintenance with no downtime through a fully concurrently maintainable design. Every critical system in the BladeRoom data centre is designed as N+1 or 2N.

BladeRoom facilities also deploy additional pipe work, cable and distribution paths with bypass switching to allow the ‘hot swap’ of all key system components. This means that the facility can function at 100% capacity whilst maintenance or repair of any critical component takes place.

Built to Tier 3 data centre standards, BladeRoom data centers can be upgraded to meet Tier 4 with little additional cost. A Tier 4 solution can be delivered with two fully independent plant and power management zones – each designed to provide the critical load. This configuration offers full fault tolerance against unplanned failures.

A BladeRoom data centre can be easily zoned to create areas of different resilience. Resilience levels of Tier 3 and Tier 4 can be designated in accordance with the needs of different functions within the business.

BladeRoom Modular Data Center Reduced Capital and Operational Costs

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There is an ever increasing pressure and groundswell of opinion, both socio-political and economic, towards the conservation of energy coupled with a demand for the highest of energy efficiency standards from global industry.

With escalating energy costs, increasingly stringent standards are being introduced to encourage and if necessary penalize large users of grid resources through initiatives such as the Carbon Reduction Commitment.

Due to heavy energy usage and exponential demand, it is perceived that above all others, the Data Centre industry has a pivotal role to play – fast forward to the future and it is inevitable these pressures will increase as resources become scarcer and IT demand increases.

The BladeRoom system scores highly on all measures of energy efficiency. It is cost-effective in capital terms, growing in line with the business and able to be relocated if necessary and so not carrying the ‘built in obsolescence’ costs associated with traditional building.

The dynamic BladeRoom control system delivers an extremely low PUE and supplies information to audit and prove energy savings, offering certainty that operational costs are as low as they can be.

BladeRoom Modular Data Center System Overview

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BladeRoom-video-icon-BladeRoom-SystemThe BladeRoom System can be rapidly procured, delivered and operational. It is ideal to create any sized data center and benefits from low operational costs with a highly efficient data center cooling system.

The BladeRoom system is infinitely scalable – meaning you can increase capacity rapidly in line with your business growth and deploy new data centers or expand existing sites in record time.

The cooling systems both primary and back-up, use ambient and evaporative cooling for up to 100% of the time depending on the climate) – maximizing efficiency – with full capacity N+1 back-up mechanical DX cooling to ensure compliance with the Uptime Institute Tier 3 requirements. Tier 4 can be achieved by doubling up the primary and back up cooling system.

The BladeRoom system has a 60-year design life and is structurally capable of multi-story configuration – up to seven high without the need for additional strengthening.

It is designed in accordance with the most demanding international standards – and compliant with BS, ISO and IEC amongst other standards. The BladeRoom factory is a large, modern spotlessly clean environment where best practice methods are employed to ensure a safe, efficient and timely production system.

Visits to the BladeRoom factory are encouraged and you are invited to view the production of your data centers as they are assembled. You will be able to check the quality throughout the process and take comfort that your project timescales are going to be met.


Data Center Cooling System

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Maintenance on Blade Center air optimizer while in live operation

The BladeRoom has an advanced cooling system able to match exactly the actual cooling demands of the IT.

The low energy data center cooling system uses standby N+1 mechanical cooling rarely, with principal cooling maximizing free, filtered, ambient air with evaporative cooling. Free cooling is available for up to 100% of the time (depending on the climate) – saving significant amounts of money and carbon emissions.

The design of the BladeRoom system was based around some simple guiding principles:

  • to extract maximum heat from IT
  • to deploy mechanical cooling rarely, and
  • to use filtered ambient air and evaporative cooling to achieve 99+% free air cooling.

BladeRoom-video-icon-cooling-SystemThe BladeRoom system has been designed around the ventilation requirements to achieve maximum efficiency. Air is delivered seamlessly to where it is needed through the normal working zones so ductwork and raised floors are not required. National, European and International patents pending cover this unique and important development.

Rather than re-circulating and cooling the hot air from the IT as with traditional data center cooling, a BladeRoom data center operates like a server by drawing in highly filtered fresh air, intelligently matching air supply to IT demand and exhausting hot air entirely from the data center as required.

Evaporative and free cooling enables the IT equipment to be cooled with supply air temperatures of between 18C and 24C for more than 99% of the year without the need for mechanical cooling across a range of IT loads, still performing efficiently at 15% utilization of racks.

The back-up mechanical cooling system is only used for emergencies and for partial cooling during extreme weather conditions and is designed to cool 100% of the IT load.

Testing with 24kW/rack
Testing with 24kW/rack

 The final phase of the tests involved the entire load being condensed into 10 racks in one IT room delivering 24kW per rack. The BladeRoom system progressively redistributed the cooling load where required responding to the changing load when the heat emulators were moved between IT rooms.

The BladeRoom System has been proven to comfortably deliver in excess of 24kW per rack of IT with 100% free cooling, even with external temperatures in excess of 40°C; something that had not previously been achieved.


Power Distribution

BladeRoom Modular Data Center Power Distribution
BladeRoom Modular Data Center Power Distribution

The BladeRoom system is designed to Uptime Institute Tier 3 or 4 specifications, providing N+1 distribution paths for power to IT and allowing maintenance to be carried out on any element of the power infrastructure while the data center is in live operation.

The mechanical and electrical design of the BladeRoom system was developed in conjunction with Red Engineering, world leading M&E specialists in the design of resilient data centers:

  • UK’s first Uptime Institute Accredited Tier Designers
  • Europe’s first and only Uptime Institute Tier III certified facility
  • Europe’s first and only Uptime Institute Tier IV certified design
Electrical distribution for a 464kW Tier 3 BladeRoom zone with 5 IT rooms
Electrical distribution for a 464kW Tier 3 BladeRoom zone with 5 IT rooms

Small sites may have only a single power management room, whereas large installations will contain many zones, allowing low, medium and high density areas or areas with different levels of resilience.

UPS supplies from the primary electrical infrastructure can enter the power management room through a dedicated service hatch in the floor, meaning all services can be securely buried underground in ducts with nothing left exposed. Alternatively, if the data center inside an existing building, mains services can be brought in at high level through dedicated fireproof service ways.

Each power management room contains 2 x Form 4 Type 6 switchboards into which the A and B UPS supplies are terminated.

If the BladeRoom facility is delivered to site with racks already fitted, tap off units and rack mounted power strips can be installed and commissioned in the factory making racks powered and IT-ready upon arrival to site. Lighting and small power outlets as well as containment are all provided.


Data Center Factory Production

BladeRoom Modular Data Center Factory Production
BladeRoom Modular Data Center Factory Production

BladeRoom-video-icon-factory-productionProduced in the factory, BladeRoom data centers require little on site time to be functional.

The factory production process has many advantages over traditional data center construction – reducing risk, providing fixed cost certainty and controlling the environment in which to assemble and commission high specification mission-critical data centers.

The modular data center construction process allows us to quickly build data centers to a consistent specification, producing very large data center facilities in short timeframes.

Quality control is improved as electrical systems, BMS, fire and cooling systems are comprehensively tested in the factory before the BladeRoom data center is delivered to site for final connections and further testing to ensure optimal operation.

Totally unaffected by the elements, scrupulously clean and manned by a consistent and experienced labor force, the factory is an ideal environment in which to build critical IT facilities. This helps to reduce the risk associated with traditional data center construction and fit out through partial factory commissioning and services/control system testing.


60-Year Data Center Build

BladeRoom 60-year Data Center Build
BladeRoom 60-year Data Center Build

The modular BladeRoom data center system is built to provide a 60-year design life with the robustness and durability of a traditional build data center but delivered in only a fraction of the time.

Constructed from specially designed and manufactured steel frames, the modules allow generous space for wide hot and cold zones, high ceilings and unparalleled engineering and maintenance access.

In addition to the ‘traditional construction’ attributes of robustness, space and multi-storey capability, a BladeRoom data center can flex in size when required and is relocatable when necessary.

BladeRoom modular data centers are fully compliant with building regulations with an inherent structural capability that allows seven stories or more and has extremely high insulation values.


Quick Build Data Centers

A 120 rack data center can be ordered, built and operational in a 12-week timeframe.

A very fast method of delivering a new data center facility and increasing capacity when required, the BladeRoom system offers real commercial and operational edge.

The BladeRoom system offers you a fast-track program to acquire new data center capacity, operational in only a fraction of the time it takes to build traditionally.

Program compression is possible because the off-site production methodology allows all site and enabling works to take place concurrently with the production of the data center in the factory.

Comparison BladeRoom and traditional approach - Delivering a 500kW data center
Comparison BladeRoom and traditional approach – Delivering a 500kW data center

Data Center Racks

BladeRoom Data Center Racks
BladeRoom Data Center Racks

The Air Optimizer dynamically supplies conditioned air in accordance with the specific IT demands of an individual cold aisle. In accordance with the efficient blanking system, this allows racks with loads in excess of 24kW to operate comfortably along with lower density racks without the need for any kind of adjustment to the controls.

A comprehensive blanking system is delivered with the BladeRoom whether we supply the racks or not.

Blanks are available for both ‘u’ slots within the racks and full-size rack panels to maintain air separation if racks are absent. This allows you to go live immediately with as few or as many racks as you wish to install.

By removing the BladeRoom full rack blanking panels, you then populate each BladeRoom IT aisle with your own racks or cabinets as demand grows.


Client Specific Data Center Options

  • Video Surveillance can be integrated into monitoring systems
    Video Surveillance can be integrated into monitoring systems

    Security Access Control

The modular nature of the BladeRoom system ideally lends itself to providing different areas of data center security within zones, depending on requirements.

Access control measures can be agreed and implemented to enhance data center security. These may include CCTV, ‘on the spot’ security photo pass systems, card swipe entry systems or biometric entry systems such as palm readers.

  •  Magnetic Protection

Dense ferrous metal sheeting is added if required to protect the servers from external magnetic interference.

  • RF Protection

Electromagnetic interference can be prevented with the addition of panels containing RF shielding.

  •  X-ray Protection

Walls will be lead-lined if necessary to protect against X-ray penetration.

  • Tier 4

With the addition of a second Air Optimizer and power management room, Tier 4 resilience can be delivered if required. Full Tier 4 can be achieved very economically with the BladeRoom System, providing fault tolerance in an extremely efficient way.

  • Data Center CCTV
Articulating camera in the power management room
Articulating camera in the power management room

An active CCTV system is an option. Not just for security monitoring, the internal data center CCTV system allows close real-time monitoring of moving parts and status indicators in conjunction with the remote monitoring system.

An internal data center CCTV system can be specified to work in conjunction with the BladeRoom data center’s integral monitoring system.

A series of cameras both fixed and articulating are strategically sited to give clear and unimpeded views of each IT corridor, supply and exhaust corridors, power management room, control panels and key components inside the Air Optimizer.

This gives anytime access to key read-outs, plant function and general operational activities inside the data center. The data center CCTV system can be fully integrated into the web-enabled remote monitoring system.

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BladeRoom Modular Data Center Systems

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BladeRoom is a highly energy efficient modular data center system, providing a scalable method of quickly developing data center with an extremely low, proven PUE. Built entirely in the factory and requiring minimal work on site, a BladeRoom Modular Data Center System can be up and running in a fraction of the time it takes for a traditional build.

The BladeRoom System can be rapidly procured, delivered and operational. It is ideal to create any sized data center and benefits from low operational costs with a highly efficient data center cooling system.

The BladeRoom system is infinitely scalable – meaning you can increase capacity rapidly in line with your business growth and deploy new data centers or expand existing sites in record time.

The cooling systems both primary and back-up, use ambient and evaporative cooling for up to 100% of the time (depending on the climate) – maximizing efficiency – with full capacity N+1 back-up mechanical DX cooling to ensure compliance with the Uptime Institute Tier 3 requirements. Tier 4 can be achieved by doubling up the primary and back up cooling system.

The BladeRoom system has a 60-year design life and is structurally capable of multi-storey configuration – up to seven high without the need for additional strengthening. It is designed in accordance with the most demanding international standards – and compliant with BS, ISO and IEC amongst other standards.

Features & Benefits   

FEATURES BENEFITS
BladeRoom-icon-low-PUE Low Proven PUE Extremely energy efficient, the BladeRoom modular data center system offers a low proven PUE. Tested and verified – a PUE of 1.13 is achievable, even with all electrical losses taken into account. Stand alone the BladeRoom can achieve a PUE as low as 1.04.
BladeRoom-icon-low-PUE-variable Consistently low PUE across variable loads The BladeRoom modular data center system dynamically matches cooling and airflow to actual IT demand. This means that PUE remains consistently low whether the data center is partially or fully loaded with racks. PUE stays low at 100% to 15% occupancy levels.
BladeRoom-icon-kW-densities Low, medium, and high rack kW densities Rack densities from 1 to 24kW+ are available. No special rack or cooling equipment is needed to achieve the highest densities because the system matches server demand to cooling, allowing any configuration of low, medium and high density racks in the same space.
BladeRoom-icon-data-center-size Small, medium, and large data centers The BladeRoom modular data center system is totally scalable and provides data centers of any size. Starting at ten racks, the system can be used in multi-storey format in unlimited dimension footprints to deliver large scale data centers of thousands of racks over hundreds of thousands of square feet.
BladeRoom-icon-resilience Resilience Allowing concurrent maintainability, a BladeRoom modular data center is built to Tier 3 levels of resilience as standard with dual distribution paths and N+1 components. Approved by Uptime Institute Tier designers, a BladeRoom modular data center can be rapidly upgraded to Tier 4 and full fault tolerance if needed.
BladeRoom-icon-financial Financial Owing to the scalable properties of a BladeRoom modular data center, additional IT space can be added when necessary to match demand. This allows the initial cost of the data center (and associated infrastructure) to be kept as low as possible on day one with maximum return on investment achieved.

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