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Company: Redcentric plc
Country: United Kingdom
Region: Western Europe
The facility itself provides 28,000 sqft (2,600 sqm) of space, over five floors, in the very centre of London. The colocation facility is 21 metres above the level of the River Thames, and does not suffer from the flood risks of sites in the London docklands areas. The data centre roof is a popular place to mount aerials and antennas.
ELECTRICAL MAINS FEEDS
Power is delivered from two 132,000 volt main distribution stations in different parts of London. One is in Clifton Street, only 150 metres from the data centre. The main distribution stations transform the voltage down and feed it to two independent 11,000 volt substations in different parts of the data centre. Each substation has dual fully-redundant feeds through two separate resilient ring structures. Both substations continue to operate securely and reliably even if one half of an 11,000 volt ring on either substation is lost.
SIX UPS PAIRS
Electronic and IT equipment in the London data centre is supplied from six independent pairs of Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS). Each pair is in 2N configuration, with at least 15 minutes running autonomy. All are covered by fast-response manufacturer’s service contracts.
DC (-48 VOLT ) POWER FOR TELECOMS
Specialised telecoms equipment is fed from a 2N fully redundant -48 volt dc onsite power system. dc power is available in all data halls and private suites.
120 VOLT POWER FOR USA COLOCATION CUSTOMERS
Most electrical power used in colocation in London is specified at the 230/240 volt European standards. Most equipment for USA customers is bought to UK standards to operate in the UK. Occasionally, it may be necessary for a US specified piece of equipment to operate in the London data centre at 120 volts. Electrical power at 120 volts can be made available when needed.
Power in the London data centre is carefully thought through to deliver Tier 3 standards of reliability and resilience and to absolutely guarantee secure and reliable power. So you never need to worry about the power available to your colocated equipment.
AERIALS AND ANTENNAS ON THE DATA CENTRE ROOF
The height of the data centre roof allows good line-of-sight communications across London. The data centre space accommodates roof aerial and antenna colocation for local and long distance use. Satellite aerials and antennas can also be mounted, although very large aerials or antennas, over 4 m in diameter on the data centre roof, will require permission from the local authorities, and may also require structural steelwork for safety and stability under wind loading.
The facility is constructed of concrete and steel to a live load level of 3.5kN/sqm. Most normal loads are well within this level. Exceptional loads can be accommodated with steel spreader bars between structure columns.