Data centre built to be cooled by the sun

29th June 2017
Posted By : Lanna Cooper
Data centre built to be cooled by the sun


Telecom operator from the South of France, NETIWAN, has been assigned to JERLAURE for the design and building of its future proximity data centre, which will have the particularity to be directly cooled by the sun's heat.

A datacentre connected to its environment
Coming directly from the new line of proximity datacentre patented by JERLAURE and named SYNEcTHIK DC, this proximity data centre, in addition to be classified TIER III and highly secured, will be very efficient energy wise with a PUE < 1,15. These performances are made possible by mixing several technical and technological innovations:

  • The use of Total Indirect Free Cooling as a cooling solution, allowing the use of outdoor air
  • An innovative aeraulic concept, which overcomes the need of duct diffusors, raised floor and false ceiling
  • An electrical architecture allowing to operate on efficient performance ranges

For the first time, a data centre will be able to be directly cooled by the sun's heat. The SYNEcTHIK DC line includes a disruptive innovation, for which JERLAURE owns a worldwide exclusive distribution agreement. This technology can produce cold out from the sun's heat without any power consumption.

This data centre will be connected to its environment from an energetic point of view through the air and the sun, but also from an aesthetic point of view, since its covering allows it to fully fit the landscape planned by the Local Urbanism Plan. Its architectural design, realised by CREGUT practice, brings in a modern image, simple yet high tech, while contributing to the data centre process.

At least, the site is located right into the Backbone of the national telecommunications network and at the crossroads of several regionals Public Initiative Networks (PIN), and thus in order to offer a high quality and competitive connectivity between the data centre and its different users.

A datacentre worthy of the greatest, adapted to the proximity market
With its high availability and resiliency level (24/7 monitoring), NETIWAN's future data centre will be worthy of the greatest and will feature on the same map as the major actors of the market. Designed to be scalable to fit the need of the local economy, the data centre, with an IT surface of 535m², will have a hosting capacity of 80 racks maximum, divided between colocation services and dedicated suites. In addition, a land reserve will allow the building of a second building to extend the data centre capacity to 120 racks maximum.

The datacentre power will follow the ramp-up of the load from 100kW IT until 600kW IT, offering an average density of 5kW per rack for its clients. Besides the purely technical aspects, JERLAURE designed this datacentre to enable NETIWAN to welcome all types of clients, including the most critical ones such as healthcare hosting data or bank data clients (ready for HDS and PCI/DSS certifications).

The delivery is expected for the first trimester 2018 with the foundation stone laid in June. This datacentre is a true concentration of innovation, know-how and ethics and enables to optimise greatly the investment and operational costs (CAPEX/OPEX).

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