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Telehouse North Two Provides Cutting-Edge Technology to Meet the Data Centre Challenges of the Future

In a new white paper, launched today, Telehouse outlines how the hyper-connected nature of today’s global economy will make unprecedented demands on data centres and explains how Telehouse North Two, one of Europe’s most advanced data centre, has been designed to meet these challenges head-on. Entitled How the Modern Data Centre Meets the Need of a Hyper-connected Global Economy, the paper explains how the popularity of mobile video services, the emergence of new business models based around the Internet of Things (IoT) and the widespread use of cloud services  are key drivers of the hyper-connected economy and are placing huge pressure on data centre infrastructure.
The unparalleled connectivity that will be required to meet these demands is only part of the story, according to Telehouse. Just as important in enabling data centres to match the challenges of the future are the future-proof technologies they will need to offer in terms of power and resilience, such as the unique indirect adiabatic and evaporative cooling system now installed in Telehouse North Two. 
Applications such as digital video and gaming technology, virtual reality traffic and the IoT – the embedding of potentially billions of devices with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity, enabling them to collect and exchange data – will put huge strain on WAN links in data centres across the globe, according to Telehouse.
Andy Dewing, Technical Director at Telehouse, said: “For data centres, rapid technological advancement in areas such as the cloud, mobile video and the IoT will mean a staggering increase in incoming traffic, with the data from multitudes of sensors requiring a lot more bandwidth than can be managed by current infrastructure. IoT is already leading to the creation of smart heating and lighting networks in modern homes, and is also being applied within industrial settings such as factory floors and energy grids. Automotive manufacturers are now talking about “mobility as a service” as a result of connected, and increasingly autonomous, vehicles as opposed to the traditional vehicle sales model. But in each case, it requires the collection, transmission and interpretation of huge amounts of data.”
The paper examines the commissioning of Telehouse Europe’s new North Two £135 million data centre in London, which will deliver clients 24,000 sq. m of gross area across an 11-storey building adjacent to Telehouse’s existing Docklands campus in London. The research looks at how the architecture of the new facility has been specifically designed to meet increasing customer demands for connectivity, enabling the world’s largest private and public cloud service providers, such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and content providers such as Netflix and Facebook, to connect seamlessly and securely to end users.
In recent years, new cooling technologies have been developed to help increase the energy efficiency of data centres, which traditionally try to keep server room temperatures at approximately 18-20 °C with a 48 per cent relative humidity level. These new technologies have resulted in lower power usage effectiveness (PUE) and energy expenditures while minimising environmental impact. Adiabatic cooling units, for example, which use natural evaporative processes, can save industry millions of litres of water, and, compared with traditional cooling systems, can also save more than 40 per cent of electricity.
The indirect adiabatic cooling system at Telehouse North Two means minimal use of clean water, fluid disposal and on-going water treatment. It addresses the restrictions driven by load fluctuations and delivers an industry-leading PUE of 1.16 in an N+2 configuration into hot aisle containment.
Andy Dewing said: “North Two will be the first multi-floor data centre in the world to feature a vertical indirect adiabatic and evaporative cooling system, delivering a power usage effectiveness of 1.16. This innovative technology positions this facility as one of the greenest data centres in the world.”
Telehouse North Two offers unparalleled efficiency and connectivity and is the only carrier-neutral data centre in the UK that owns an on-campus 132 kV grid sub-station directly connected to the National Grid, reducing transmission losses and providing exceptional power density and service continuity. “The site has a total power capacity of up to 73 MVA, which includes a capacity of up to 50 MVA from the substation and 23 MVA from six additional commercial power feeds,” added Dewing.
The facility also boasts high levels of security, with gated entrances manned 24/7 and more than 500 movement activated CCTV cameras.
The report concludes that while it is clear that the hyper-connected economy is underpinning a vibrant data centre sector, it is only through the continued investment in modern, efficient data centre infrastructure, such as that found within Telehouse North Two, that the hyper-connected economy will reach its full potential.
The full white paper can be downloaded here . See over for a summary of the key features of North Two.
Greg Hands, Minister of State for International Trade, commented: “Telehouse’s decision to make the UK its European hub of operations is a testament to our strong and growing digital economy. As a pioneer in the data centre sector, this new data centre located within Telehouse’s historic Docklands campus will provide unrivalled connectivity, contributing to the UK’s long and strong history in innovation.”
Mr Hands continued: “It’s great to see this company’s continued investment in the UK and I’m pleased the Department for International Trade has been able to support them throughout this process. I hope that more international companies follow their lead and take advantage of the many strengths that make the UK a great place in which to invest.”
The full white paper can be downloaded here 
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