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Row-based cooling system from Volta

18 August 2014

Volta Data Centres, developer and operator of central London’s newest purpose-designed, carrier-neutral data centre, has announced the deployment of its specially developed row-based cooling system at its Great Sutton Street (GSS) data centre

This modular system, the company claims, provides "unmatched levels of flexibility and scalability, meaning it can cool high density racks adjacent to traditional racks while also improving energy efficiency."

Volta says it's managing the heat at source – an internal plenum, or air corridor, captures the rejected heat, isolating the exhausted hot air from the cold supply, which is injected into the cold aisles. The system has an embedded, self-protecting ‘hive’ logic, which means each cooler continually monitors adjacent units for faults, automatically adjusting up to full capacity to protect the space and hardware.

The system allows Volta and its customers to monitor the intake temperatures, discharge temperatures, peak loads and fan speeds in real-time.

Matthew Dent, CEO, Volta Data Centres, explains: “At times when it’s exceptionally hot, it is especially vital that our client’s equipment stays cool. Failure to achieve sufficient air distribution can threaten the performance of mission-critical equipment, which could have a serious impact on business performance.

“Our state-of-the-art row-based cooling system has resilience of N+1 per unit and uses 42% less fan power than the standard CRAC units you see in most facilities. This is a real advantage for us. It means we can reduce our power-consumption to help meet our environmental responsibilities, whilst also providing our customers with the quality of service and risk assurance they expect from a Central London data centre.”

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