Remote designed and built data centre installed at Norwich site
Secure I.T. Environments, a UK design and build specialist for modular, containerised, and micro data centres, has handed over its latest ModCel containerised data centre to Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (NNUH).
Constructed at the 1,200-bedded Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, the building was completed in its 90-day planned schedule, and to budget. Secure I.T. Environments was also awarded a five-year maintenance contract for the data centre. With construction ongoing during the pandemic, the project team took special precautions to ensure patient and staff safety. Based on Secure I.T. Environments’ bespoke ModCel energy-efficient containerised data centre solution, the facility was constructed and fitted out off site. All design and update meetings were conducted virtually, with no site visits by Secure I.T. Environments before installation.
The data centre comprises two 10 m x 3.1 m units, supporting 14 server cabinets on delivery, with additional capacity available for future needs. The ModCel architecture allows for expansion to the existing structure, thus futureproofing the data centre.
Secure I.T Environments said: “The ModCel container at Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital includes all the critical mechanical and electrical systems needed in any data centre, including downflow precision air-conditioning in 2N redundancy configuration, modular UPS, electrical infrastructure in 2N configuration, and Novec 1230 fire detection and gas extraction systems.” It was also fitted out with server / communications cabinets, a raised access floor, intelligent PDUs, CCTV, and access control, and has a structural four-hour fire rating throughout, including fire doors.
With close working with the NNUH team, groundworks and supplies provision were completed ahead of the delivery of the containerised data centre, which could then be craned into position, the units joined, and tests to ensure its overall structural integrity conducted. as With the data centre supporting critical services for patients and staff, the switchover of services was closely managed to ensure minimal downtime.