Network Communications News (NCN) August 2016 - Page 22

F E AT U R E ultra high performance data centres Increasing numbers of operators are turning to prefabricated data centre solutions. Name that tune The modern data centre is a fully integrated machine. Systems that previously simply coexisted under the same roof are now expected to work seamlessly together. With the growing importance of DCIM, Jos Baart of Flexenclosure explains how ultra fine tuning of a data centre’s performance is becoming the new norm. W hile the individual components or systems in any given data centre might be the same, the choice of building into which they are installed can have a significant impact on an operator’s ability to achieve this goal of full integration. And therein lies the question – whether to use traditional bricks and mortar construction or a prefabricated modular build? Bricks and mortar The perceived advantage of a traditional bricks and mortar build is that the design can be customised to the operator’s specific needs and expectations. However, while initially flexible on the drawing board, the design is typically fixed on construction making future alterations or expansion very difficult. Bricks and mortar construction is also very slow as it is by nature a linear process – preparing the site, doing the ground work, erecting the building, finishing the building, installing the equipment inside the building, installing all peripheral equipment around the site, completing the site and finally commissioning it. These are highly complex undertakings, with many dependencies and potential pitfalls. And a single minor delay at an early stage can have a significant impact on the overall time and cost of completing the project. But the biggest single issue with respect to bricks and mortar buildings is that it is very hard to fully integrate them with the rest of the ‘data centre machine’. Their traditional build ensures they continue to play their traditional role – that of a weather shell for the machine rather than being a fully integrated part of the machine itself. And that of course will limit the facility’s ul [X]H\ܛX[KKZ[Yܘ][ۈ\H^B]\ۙ\\YܙH][ܙX\[›[X\و\]ܜ\H\[œYXX]Y]H[H][ۜˈ[YXX]Y]H[\HZ[[š][\\]XH\ۙ[وB̌[HY\ܛX[H]H[\8$^[\\˚[  ̌ M LB