Server Room Design
Server Room Environments are specialists in the design and build of server rooms, comms rooms and datacentres including modular and containerised. We have developed a strong track record in datacentre and server room design, installation, upgrade and maintenance including critical power systems (uninterruptible power supplies and generators), cooling systems and fire suppression systems.
We are also at the forefront of the energy revolution being able to deliver project using the latest local energy storage (LES) systems and implement energy efficiency improvement programs. Specialists within the Server Room Environments team are CDC-certified in terms of datacentre design and management and energy efficiency consultancy.
Clients can engage with Server Room Environments at any stage of the development and running of their IT environments:
- New greenfield datacentre buildings
- Brownfield site development
- Existing room upgrades
- Existing system upgrades
- Edge computing facilities
- Micro-datacentre installations
Computer Room Design and Build
We are used to working with architects and consultants and evaluating the latest technologies, systems and server room standards to meet our client project brief. We are brand agnostic and that means that we can take consultative approach to finding the right solution for our client’s environment whether the project is for a new air conditioning system, modular high efficiency UPS system or the supply and installation of new server cabinets for a new data hall.
For our engineers, it all comes down to the performance specification required in term of resilience, energy efficiency and sustainability – as well as budget and timescales. We base our server room designs on best industry practice and the 35 years’ experience we have within this industry and the specific specialist areas of critical power and critical cooling, electrical works and facilities management for data centre buildings.
Server Room Design Checklist
At Server Room Environments we adopt an engineering approach to ensure we deliver power, cooling and environmental management systems that are right for the application. We can provide a complete ‘turn-key’ solution to suit your server room requirement list or engage with the local supply chain and contractors as required.
There are several key aspects when it comes to good server room design. The principle design elements we consider include:
- Energy efficiency: energy costs continue to rise and can result in higher total cost of ownership (TCO) calculations. Working with leading brands and manufacturers we select the right systems for the server room or datacentre project in hand and ensure that we optimise energy efficiency to meet objectives such as Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) from our clients or ones we suggest can be achieved.
- Resilience: one of the key concerns in any design is the resilience required and whether the design is to be to a specific Uptime Institute Tier-rating. Our consultants have worked on and delivered Tier I to IV designs with redundancy built in for cooling and critical power to ensure specification compliance and certification by external auditors.
- Renewable power: tied into the critical power aspects of design are current issue son the use of renewable power and energy storage. Our engineering team can advise on local on-site power generation and usage from solar PV or wind turbines as well as the sourcing of renewably generated power from on-shore or off-shore solar and wind farms.
- Energy storage: as well as supplying uninterruptible power supplies and standby power generators, our engineers can also advise and deliver energy storage allowing clients to use their locally generated power or take part in National Grid Demand Side Response (DSR) programs designed to maintain grid frequency.
- Modular and scalable designs: it is important to build server room and datacentre environments that are modular and can be easily scaled for today’s demands and future growth. All our designs are scalable allowing clients to expand their power and cooling system capacities to suit extra rack and server requirements or to downsize as operations become virtualised or include Edge and Cloud operations.
- Design standards: there are several standards that can be considered for server rooms and datacentres and our consultants can advise on the most applicable to the design and project in hand. Examples include:
- the Uptime Institute Tier Ratings
- ANSI/BICSI 002-2014 Data Centre Design and Best Practice
- ANSI/TIA 942-A 2014 Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard
- EN50600 International Datacentre Standards
- ISO 27001 Information Security Standard
- BS 7671 Electrical Wiring 18th Edition
- Safety: this can cover several areas ranging from the most appropriate type of fire protection system to temperature and humidity monitoring, to access control and overall security. Above all the environment must be comfortably and workable within for both the IT systems and the engineers who will manage their day-to-day activities.
- Sustainability: to ensure your IT facility has the lowest possible impact on the environment, uses the least possible amount of natural resources and supports long-term ecological balance.
Whether it’s a server room build out or system upgrade we look to the future to provide our clients with a day-one solution that can scale and meet their future needs. Systems also have to be the most energy efficient possible and align with our client’s fit-out and ecological objectives.
Design Consultant Services
Our principle design consultants and partners are Hurstwood Environmental Consulting who have offices in Bolton, Liverpool and London. Hurstwood have worked on server facilities and datacentre designs with us in the UK and overseas and have an established track record in mechanical and electrical projects.
Please contact us to discuss your server room or datacentre design project. We provide a free of charge site survey and consultation process.