Cannon Technologies is celebrating after receiving a prestigious accolade at the DatacenterDynamics EMEA Awards 2012. The company beat off stiff competition to secure the Most Extreme Data Center Deployment Award for the use of its T4 Modular Data Centre at the headquarters of Datacentrix in Johannesburg, South Africa, where it is exposed to severe weather and seismic activity.
Now in their sixth year, the DatacenterDynamics EMEA Awards celebrate the best projects, technologies, companies and people from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The 2012 event took place on the 13th December at London’s Lancaster Hotel, where more than 700 data centre and IT leaders gathered to celebrate the vital contribution that the sector makes to all aspects of modern life.
Accepting the Most Extreme Data Center Deployment Award from comedian Ed Byrne, who compered the event, Cannon Technologies’ managing director, Matthew Goulding, commented, ‘We’ve always believed that the T4 Modular Data Centre is the most robust and resilient solution of its kind. Having this recognised by the judges at the DatacenterDynamics EMEA Awards is testament to the design and manufacturing excellence that forms the basis of everything that we do.’
The T4 Modular Data Centre is a complete external grade data centre and its granular modularity means that it can be configured in almost any size or shape, and can be specified and extended in units as small as one standard data rack width. Its design flexibility negates the use of cranes or special transporters, as it can be rapidly assembled once onsite.
Datacentrix asked for optimum levels of efficiency and reliability in the form of proven resilience, and also demanded high density to maximise the volume of data processing that can be achieved. The company also needs to be able to quickly expand the data centre as customer demand increases.
The T4 Modular Data Centre was transported in 56 crates from Cannon Technologies’ head office in New Milton, Hampshire, to the car park at Datacentrix’s headquarters. Once delivered, the work was completed in just two weeks and the finished data centre comprises server racks, cooling units, 200kVA UPS for A and B stream supplies, integrated PDU distribution panels, battery racks, lighting, fire suppression and aisle cocooning.
Tier III resilient and upgradable to Tier IV, it is able to maintain uptime in the face of extreme weather conditions such as scorching heat, rain storms, snow, sleet, high wind and lightning – and it is even able to cope with earthquakes. Although housed in gated premises with manned security, it can also withstand any attempt to force entry via the use of tools such as brick bolsters, crowbars, lump hammers and cordless drills.
Matthew Goulding concluded, ‘Installing the T4 Modular Data Centre at Datacentrix was an incredible project that tested the mettle of all involved. However, the fact that it was achieved in the timeframe originally set, and to the exact client specification, highlights our organisational prowess and the quality of the system – something that is increasingly recognised and valued within EMEA and beyond.’