SA ISP slashes data centre cooling cost

COMPUTING

|
Image: By BiztechAfrica
SA ISP slashes data centre cooling cost

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.”



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

Search News

comments powered by Disqus

MORE COMPUTING NEWS

Mellanox solutions accelerate the fastest supercomputer in the world

Anton Jacobsz, MD at Networks Unlimited Mellanox Technologies, Ltd., a leading supplier of end-to-end interconnect solutions for data centre servers and storage systems, has announced that Mellanox interconnect solutions accelerate the world's fastest supercomputer, at the supercomputing centre in Wuxi, China.  Read More

Achieving full visibility in a cloudy hybrid environment

A growing number of organisations are migrating applications and information stores to public and private cloud solutions, so that hybrid IT architectures have become the norm. Read More

Make way for VAS: The era of VM-aware storage

Along with DAS, SAN and NAS, storage now has another term, VM-aware storage (VAS).  Read More

Trisat showcases online platform for schools management

Software development company Trisat Communications Limited has launched an online platform, nortify.com.ng, to provide digital tools to simplify school management. Read More

Transforming and maximising existing fibre networks

Maximising existing optical fibre infrastructure is a challenge that needs tackling by network operators - both large and small. Read More

Technology leaders join forces to bring an open acceleration framework to data centres

Anton Jacobsz, MD at Networks Unlimited Mellanox, ARM, Huawei, IBM, Qualcomm Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, and Xilinx, Inc. have joined forces to bring a high-performance open acceleration framework to data centres.   Read More

Why going paperless can make you more money – and save some too

The environment and saving costs when moving a business to a paperless office are the two most popular benefits, but there are many more benefits to doing so.  Read More

Airtel chief: Disruptive technologies vital to Nigeria’s GDP growth

Leading telecommunications services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has said disruptive technologies can contribute significantly to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) if ICT start-ups are encouraged to create innovations that deliver value. Read More

Youths gain fom ICT Dynamix support

Botswana based citizen owned company ICT Dynamix is upskilling and employing youths in the ICT industry. Read More

Acer to invest in Botswana

Acer, the global hardware, software and services company, announced its investment and growth strategy for the Botswana market. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage EnterpriseSAP AfricaTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoiceMicrosoft 4AfrikaNetworks UnlimitedArbor NetworksEricssonTigo Ghana

FEATURED STORY

First-ever Africa Barclays Accelerator programme concludesFirst-ever Africa Barclays Accelerator programme concludes

Ten fintech companies have concluded the first-ever Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars in Africa.

 

IN DEPTH

Ethical Hacking students can’t get a heck of a jobEthical Hacking students can’t get a heck of a job

Botswana ethical hacking students report that they are failing to break into the local job market.