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Nokia Opens Data Centre Design Hub

18 July, 2016

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This month, tech giant Nokia is putting a focus on design by opening its very own UK data centre design hub. According to TechWeekEurope the centre is to be operational from June 2016, and it is thought to be located in Fleet, Hampshire.

The specialised design centre has been intended to help operators move towards the telco cloud service, helping them to prepare for cloud operations. In particular, it will advise clients how to implement data centre infrastructure for telco cloud operations. The design hub is supported by other Nokia delivery centres across the world, and will run tests and trials to establish the most effective infrastructure and design layout for the needs of operators.

The design hub is part of a whole host of dedicated services by Nokia, aiming to ease the transition into the cloud. The design centre puts a strong focus on effective infrastructure and how to design data centres for optimum efficiency.

The Importance of Data Centre Design

The opening of this brand new hub, which shines a light on data centre design, emphasises just how crucial the design element is for data facilities. All operations stem from the design of the infrastructure, so planning this in advance can not only increase power efficiency and operational effectiveness, but also prevent future problems.

The team at ITE Projects take data centre design extremely seriously, whether designing a new build or redesigning a current facility. There are many factors which influence the design of a data centre, including external factors such as power supply, connection and location. However when it comes to inside the data centre, it is not just the equipment chosen that makes a difference, but its positioning.

This is mainly achieved through careful planning and design of air conditioning units and server racks. Avoid mixing hot and cold air by adopting a hot/cold rack layout, and maximising the airflow around them. Data centres can also isolate hot and cold aisles by adding doors or partitioning, which again can help the cool air avoid contact with hot air. A simple design like this is easy to implement, but can drastically reduce the amount of power spend on cooling.

If you’d like to find out more about effective layouts and designs for data centres, get in touch with our data experts.

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