SA ISP slashes data centre cooling cost
COMPUTING| March 18, 2012, 9:39 a.m.
South African ISP Internet Solutions (IS) has unveiled a ‘revolutionary’ data design that will slash its costs and improve disaster resilience.
IS says in a statement that a revolutionary design for its 11th African data centre, the Randview centre in Randburg, South Africa, will slash client power costs, increase their data centre productivity, and improve disaster resilience. It will also give clients greater connectivity flexibility by allowing competitor carriers to connect directly into the data centre.
Internet Solutions’ fourth to be built in the Gauteng area, the Randview data centre has been designed to operate without conventional air conditioning for all but the hottest time (9%) of the year. The data centre will boast a power utilisation efficiency (PUE) of 1.4 versus the industry average of 2.5.
“Cooling is the largest item on a data centre bill, so reducing the need for compressor based air conditioning has a significant impact on a client’s data centre costs,” says Barry Hatfield, Internet Solutions business development manager for cloud solutions.
“It also gives the client a buffer against electricity price increases. We’ll be passing on some very substantial savings to our clients.”
Randview’s very nearly free cooling has been achieved by the use of three Kyoto Cooling Cells, mechanical devices made of conductive aluminium and some 6 metres in diameter. Half of the wheel is exposed to outside air, and the other half to the data centre air. The cooler exterior air temperature is transferred into the building as the wheel turns. Because the inside half of the wheel is sealed from the outside, dust and other contaminants in the external atmosphere are not transferred to the interior of the data centre.
Heat is extracted from the data centre interior by means of a hot isle contained exhaust system and the wheel-cooled air is delivered at volume to the racks. “Kyoto Cooling has been tested and proven in many different applications in Europe and, most publicly, in Sydney Airport in Australia,” Hatfield says.
“So, there’s no operational risk in using this technology in a data centre. More to the point, because we can use volume instead of temperature differential to cool the servers and we don’t lose efficiency through a mixture of hot and cool air over the servers, very little of the electricity we bring in to the building is being lost. Most of what we draw from Eskom is going towards powering the servers.”
In addition, Randview has a number of other innovations to differentiate it from current data centres: Its cabling runs above the racks, preventing damage to the cables and facilitating maintenance and installation. This has also enabled the use of solid concrete floors, which don’t need reinforcing to be able to carry high density, heavy computing devices.
“In other words, Randview is not just about saving electricity - it’s also about being able to do more with the electricity that is available as well as with the floor and building space,” Hatfield says. “Randview is not simply more energy efficient, it’s more productive overall.”
The cost savings generated by Randview’s innovative design will make it more affordable for clients to plan for and execute on disaster resilience. Hatfield says that the focus has shifted from an exclusive emphasis on disaster recovery to high availability - preventing a disaster from happening. “Much of that is achieved through redundancy and back up facilities, all of which come with a price tag.
“If, however, your primary data centre is one of our existing data-centres with a DR site in Randview, the large amount of connectivity between our data centres and Randview allows us to offer a compelling value proposition.”
Another Internet Solutions innovation has been to make Randview carrier agnostic, enabling client organisations to use their incumbent connectivity providers to access the data centre. Hatfield says that the rationale for Randview’s design was to keep things simple, not only for Internet Solutions, but for customers.
“Being carrier agnostic provides customers with service and flexibility at prices they won’t find anywhere else.”
MORE COMPUTING NEWS
Cloud, Mobility, Big Data to shape North African IT in 2015The North Africa region will push ahead with IT transformation initiatives throughout the course of 2015, spurred on by growing adoption of '3rd Platform' technologies such as cloud, mobility, and Big Data, says IDC. Read More
One Channel Botswana acquires top technical skillsAs part of its future growth strategy, One Channel Botswana has announced that it is acquiring top industry skills. Read More
Cloud - the perfect weapon for SMEsCloud Computing gives smaller companies unprecedented access to enterprise-grade software and infrastructure services – allowing them to grow rapidly and compete with larger, more established competitors, says T-Systems. Read More
AfDB, MasterCard to expand financial inclusion in AfricaThe African Development Bank (AfDB) and MasterCard have announced a broad collaboration that aims to expand financial inclusion across the African continent by broadening access and usage of digital financial services. Read More
Partnership expands ICT support for Ebola fight in West AfricaCollaboration among NetHope, Facebook, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Cisco, EveryLayer and Inveneo will provide sustainable Internet connectivity solutions to support frontline response efforts and long-term recovery in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. Read More
IT hiccups put Botswana varsity in disarrayBotswana’s biggest university, the University of Botswana (UB) has been hamstrung by an IT problem that threatens to throw the institution into disarray. Read More
Soronko Solutions takes Tech Needs Girls programme to deprived regions in GhanaOver 300 girls in the Upper West region of Ghana will be receiving hands-on education on ICT, thanks to the Soronko Solutions Road show known as the Tech Needs Girls programme. Read More
Mascom to hand over Kitsong centresAs has become tradition, this year, Mascom will hand over ten Business Communication Centres, popularly known as Kitsong Centres. Read More
Hot five tech trends for 2015In2IT Technologies South Africa predicts this year’s top five tech trends. Read More
Human interface services revenue to break billion dollar barrier within 5 yearsJuniper Research says that by 2019 the global market for services based on gesture and biometric interface technologies will be worth an estimated $1.2 billion. Read More
FEATURED STORYUCC launches 2015 ACIA awards
Uganda has launched the fifth Annual Communications and Innovation Awards, which celebrate and foster ICT innovation and achievement.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHKenya’s digital TV battle hots up
Kenya’s journey to Digital TV broadcasting took a new turn this week, when the Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK) accused three local media firms of intent to disrupt the process.
COMPANY NEWSAlbany CTG, Microsoft, collaborate on School of Government Program
The University at Albany’s Center for Technology in Government (CTG) has announced its collaboration with Microsoft Corporation to deliver executive level training to government leaders in Africa ...VMware reports fourth quarter and full year 2014 results
VMware, the global leader in virtualisation and cloud infrastructure, has announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2014.