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Keysource to start second phase of £10 million data centre

Date: 19th November 2011

ScoLocate Updated 2011 (1)

ScoLocate has started work on the second phase of its £10 million data centre project with Keysource to meet the fast growing demand for the company’s full range of highly flexible, cloud hosting services.

This latest development will add an additional 1MW of capacity capable of handling high density IT equipment at the South Gyle site in Edinburgh, with 800kW already allocated to an expanded existing contract. The remaining 200kW will be available to meet the demand for ScoLocate’s unique ITIL-based, managed cloud solutions powered by renewable energy and supported by one of the most efficient data centres of its kind in the UK.

ScoLocate teamed up with Keysource last year to double the size of the purpose-built co-location facility. The first phase of the project was completed in just 25 weeks at the end of February to provide an initial deployment of 600kW IT load, with 100 rack positions of up to 6kW power density per rack. The latest development will utilise Keysource’s Ecofris cooling solution catering for an average of 10kW per rack with peak densities of up to 30kW per rack. The data centre will also make use of complete air separation, using hot aisle containment and through wall flooded airflow topology.

As a result the facility will operate with free cooling for more than 98 per cent of the year and have an annualised PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) of below 1.2. This represents an annual power consumption saving of approximately 2.8 million kWh when compared to a traditional data centre design with a PUE of 1.6, with a reduction in carbon emissions of approximately 1.5 million kilograms of CO2 per year (based on UK grid average).

In addition to the efficient high-density design the facility will offer high levels of resilience across all UPS, power and HVAC systems with both phases of the data centre providing 2N electrical infrastructure including N+1 back-up power generation and N+2 cooling systems.

Roy Maxwell, Managing Director of ScoLocate added: “We have selected Keysource following the success of the first phase development that has created a facility that meets the stringent demands of our customers in terms of performance, resilience and environmental responsibility.”

Mike West, Managing Director at Keysource says: “We share ScoLocate’s passion to deliver highly efficient facilities without compromising resilience. The latest phase of the project will use our Ecofris approach to take advantage of the cool average temperatures in Scotland. This strong emphasis on energy efficiency will ensure ScoLocate maintains its position as one of the most resilient and efficient commercial data centres in the UK.

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