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Rittal, IBM outfit one-of-a-kind European data centre

August 26, 2015  

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The Lefdal Mine Datacenter (LMD), a 120,000 square metre, five-level installation under construction in an old mineral mine near Maloy, kilometres north-east of Oslo, will be the world’s largest data centre once construction is completed, organizers of the build say.

The facility will run 100% on renewable energy (wind and water power) and feature a cooling system based on seawater coming from the adjacent fjord.

Rittal Systems Ltd. together with LMD and IBM Corp. have developed the standardized data centre modules based on  Rittal’s RiMatrix S required for the site’s infrastructure. Both Rittal and IBM intend to take space in the facility, according to published reports.

The Rittal offerings include the delivery of five different modules in total, each of them consisting of 10 to 12 server enclosures and one network enclosure and Rittal’s Liquid Cooling Package (LCP).

LCP extracts the heated server exhaust air at the rear of the enclosures, cools it by using high-performance heat exchangers and blows the cooled air back into the cold aisle in front of the server level. The data centre modules also feature redundant power supply and back-up, which means customers can choose between 5, 10 or 20 kW of output per rack depending on what they actually require.

“We foresee a need of 60 new, large-scale date centres in Europe until 2020 alone and expect investments to that effect with a growth rate of 10-12% each year,” said Egil Skibenes, chairman of the board at LMD.

He added that it is “vital in this business to have capacity available within a short time, which precludes turn-key solutions. People need readily available data centre space combined with high cost end energy efficiency.”

The first units are planned to be completed and put into operation by 2016.

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