The best approach for your design and build project will depend upon a number of factors including the requirements of the IT equipment, the physical characteristics of the building, your organisation’s demands in terms of resilience, energy efficiency, expandability, life span, and of course the budget. FOSS can provide all the necessary element for your ideal Data Centre:
Ventilation is essential for the operation safety of the data centre. There are several types of flooring systems available on the market that we can implement.
The heat which is generated during the operation of data centres must be continuously, safely and cost-effectively removed whilst reducing any effect on the environment. The most common configuration of air handling units (AHUs) in modern type of data centres and installed by FOSS is a down-flow type, also known as CRAC system.
FOSS offers a comprehensive line of grounding and bonding products, which help prevent transient voltage from damaging sensitive electronic equipment.
Choose from a complete assortment of integrated ceiling systems to fit your data centre needs or improved air flow management, load carrying capacity, and adaptability.
Why do you need an ACT drop ceiling in your data centre?
• Reduces the amount of cold aisle space that will require cooling
• Can enhance control of ducted return air in the hot aisle
• Helps maintain cleanliness inside the data center
• Provides security when ceiling panels are locked in place
There are different approaches to data centre lighting and there are different approaches that require the least amount of light and results in the greatest overall efficiency. One of them is an inexpensive tool to determine exactly how much lighting energy is used in their data centre. This device is a HOBO U9 Light On/Off Data Logger.
Server aisle containment is a necessary function of a data centre enclosure. Server aisle doors can be simple strip doors that are easy to self-install, more rigid and durable plexiglass aluminum-framed sliding doors, or an aluminum-framed hinged doors with optional locking features.
The uninterruptible power supply (UPS) converts unconditioned power to provide conditioned power to critical loads without interruption. It contains an energy storage system, such as a bank of batteries, which supply power to the load when utility power is unavailable.
Data Centre Generators provide a cost effective and, providing they are maintained regularly, reliable form of onsite power generation. They can be configured in similar way to UPS systems using either N, N+1, 2N and 2N+1 redundancy.
A Power Distribution Unit (PDU) is an electrical distribution cabinet, free-standing or rack-mounted, whose main function is to provide a required point of power distribution.
Cold Aisle Containment
Cold Aisle Containment consists of a physical barrier that allows the supply air to pool inside the aisle and comprises an aisle, end doors and a roof system to contain the supply airflow to the intake of the IT equipment. AC ensures a uniform and predictable air temperature at the IT intake.
The natural properties of cold air require doors to prevent it from flowing out from the aisle ends. Cold aisle containment (CAC) ensures that the IT equipment is being cooled within the manufacturers’ specifications.
When server density increases so does the number of network links required within each rack. As most equipment now is cooled by a flow of air from front to back, racks should always have perforated doors front and rear (83%).Power within the racks should be from a minimum of two separate supplies to provide redundancy and distributed by in-rack Power Distribution Units (PDU’s). Good in-rack network cable management is important because large numbers of cables have to be accommodated while ensuring a free flow of air through the server.
In an overhead installation, structured cabling and electrical conduits are typically routed above the Data Centre’s false or suspended ceiling and then terminated directly above the room’s server rows. Cooling is channelled above the false ceiling as well, then directed to the server environment below by way of adjustable vents.
Environmental monitoring systems prevent hardware damage to server rooms, data centres and network closets with critical condition alerts and remote reboot capability.
Environmental threats in your server room can cause a lot more damage than hardware or software problems. Redundant hardware, backup tapes, UPS battery arrays, generators and other fault-tolerance measures can all be rendered useless if your server room overheats or floods.
Fire Detection and Suppression
The various data centre fire systems all have their own advantages and disadvantages. Identifying how you need your fire system to operate and what the risk parameters are will define which of the available solutions is most suitable for your facility.
FOSS have worked with, and have considerable experience in, the following systems:
- FM200 gas suppression systems
- Inergen gas suppression systems
- NAFS125 gas suppression systems
- Vesda – Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus
Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM)
Data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) is a category of solutions which were originally created to extend the traditional data centre management function to include all of the physical assets and resources found in the Facilities and IT domains. DCIM deployments over time were supposed to integrate information technology (IT) and facility management disciplines to centralise monitoring, management and intelligent capacity planning of a data centre’s critical systems.
While DCIM is not a magic bullet, it does have the capability to give real-time insight into power, space, and cooling that helps manage capacity, reduce risk, and increase efficiency.
As part of any physical network infrastructure twisted pair structured cabling in all its forms is a key element. FOSS has over 16 years of experience in designing and installing a broad range of structured cabling solutions across the Middle East region. Our certified solutions involve high quality components from leading European and USA manufacturers.
imVision Intelligent Patching
Our intelligent patching and infrastructure solutions can be installed in medium and large networks or Data Centre. It enables easy management of the network throughout the building to create structured solutions for users. We help the client to take control of their communication cabling infrastructure to reduce costs and improved management.
Intelligent infrastructure management features include the ability to track and document any changes to the patch field and store those changes in a database.
Switchgear and Electrical
Electrical design will take into account the level of resilience most appropriate to the requirement of your organisation. The switchgear for data centres can either be of the standard “off-the-shelf” type or be purpose made for a specific application.
Modular and Containerised Solutions
Modular data centre systems (an alternative to the traditional data centre) consist of purpose-engineered modules and components to offer scalable data centre capacity with multiple power and cooling options. Modules can be shipped anywhere in the world to be added, integrated or retrofitted into the customer’s existing data centre footprint, or combined into a system of modules. Modular data centres typically consist of standardized components, making them easier and cheaper to build.
Adequate and reliable cooling is essential to the operation of any data centre, computer room or server room. After the IT load, it is the biggest user of energy. Data Centre’s require a sustainable air conditioning system as they can use a high percentage of the overall power consumption. The most common way of achieving this is with floor standing air handling units known as CRAC units, designed to run 24/7/365.
Water detection solution
Investing in water leak detection devices makes a lot of sense for data centre, given the very real risk water damage poses. What seems like an insignificant problem can cost millions when it comes to lost computer data. Water leakage detection system has become first in list of priorities to protect infrastructure. The presence of water can mean damages to equipment or a loss of Critical Services, especially electrical.