Merlin, is state-of-the-art, 3,000 sq. m Tier 3 facility. It has set a new global standard for energy efficiency, with an industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating
Located in Swindon, Wiltshire, the UK, Capgemini's new data center, Merlin, is state-of-the-art, 3,000 sq. m Tier 3 facility. It has set a new global standard for energy efficiency, with an industry-leading Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) rating and Merlin is vaunted as the world's most sustainable data center. Capgemini explains how it built the Merlin center.
Capgemini took a 360-degree view of the efficiency and green imperatives for the new facility, including the desire to select a sustainable, brown-field site and avoid unnecessary construction activity that would in turn cause additional pollution and environmental damage. The Swindon site was selected from a large number of candidates based on a wide range of criteria including:
- Reuse of an existing building
- Renewable power provision
- Availability of appropriate telecommunications and other attributes
The new design uses innovative engineering solutions for some of the most power-hungry components of the data center, such as cooling, Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), lighting, and electrical infrastructure.
The highly flexible modules were configured to exactly match the needs of the client with implementation in as little as 22 weeks (the traditional construction approach can have lead times, which are typically over three times as long). According to Paul Feeney, technical design authority-global data centers at Capgemini, the resulting innovations deliver real efficiency and green benefits, while maintaining or improving on standards for data center security, power management and resilience.
What comprises the solution?
Merlin is an Uptime Institute certified Tier 3 data center, which is one of only three such sites in the UK. It is capable of delivering 3,000 sq. m of available technical floor space, comprising 12 modules each of 250 sq. m, containing 1,248 racks sized at 800mm x 1,000mm x 46U.
The modular data center comprises a climate control air optimizer module; a power delivery module housing A&B Bus Bar terminations at the distribution panel, BMS and CCTV services; fire extinguishing gas bottles and release mechanism; VESDA and fire alarm detection systems; and four sections making up the 250 sq.m technical floor for each module.