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Rackspace Claims Latest Datacentre is Most Sustainable in UK


Rackspace, a multinational cloud computing company, has opened its latest UK Datacentre in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England in the shadow of Gatwick airport.

The data centre, designed with Digital Realty, has been designed to meet compatibility and compliance standards in line with the Open Compute Project. The site spans 15 acres, with 130,000 sq.ft of data centre space, enough for 50,000 servers.

It seems that Crawley was chosen as the home for the new facility as it is an easy location to supply with power, which the company added was an “absolute critical” factor to consider when placing a datacentre.

“It's a good route for fibre which presents good opportunities to link fibre between other properties in the sector; a combination of power, fibre and cycle real estate with planning that allows us to develop a datacentre,” said Rackspace at the official launch.

 “We are using indirect air cooling technology, so essentially it's an ‘all-air' system which takes the outside air and uses that to cool the recirculating data-cooling air, but it does it indirectly so you never get outside air coming into the data centre,” the company explained.

The new facility has a large-scale outside indirect air cooling technology, which the designers claim reduces both the energy and water needed to operate the data centre in an optimal temperature range.

Chimneys run down to the server floor from cooling units above. Ambient air is passed over the units where it is cooled and pumped into the server floor. “The only thing that is moving in all this is the fan to move the air,” said Rackspace chief operating officer Mark Roenigk.

Will this facility be easier than conventional Datacentres for European resellers in the channel