oil and gas technology

brightsolid are delighted to announce that we have started build on a new world class, Tier III Data Centre in Aberdeen which will be live in April 2015. The press release below was issued this morning:

brightsolid to open Aberdeen data centre

Leading cloud computing specialist brightsolid has today announced that it will open a state-of-the-art data centre in Aberdeen. The centre represents a £5 million investment and will be located at the Aberdeen Journals’ Lang Stracht site.

Detailed planning is underway with the data centre build scheduled to commence during October 2014 and the facility due to open in April 2015.

brightsolid CEO Richard Higgs said, “Aberdeen is the Energy Capital of Europe, and as such requires a global technology link for the market. We see our new Tier 3+ state-of-the-art Aberdeen data centre as an opportunity to help position the city as a global tech hub.”

The 2200 sq. m. site will initially comprise 200 high density racks with capacity of 25 kW per rack. It has been designed to expand to twice this size, allowing for storage of 400 Petabytes of data. brightsolid is working with Keysource on the build, which has been designed to achieve a Power Usage Efficiency (PUE) of 1.25. This will make the datacentre substantially greener than the industry standard* and on a par with the highest performing of Google’s or Amazon’s datacentres.

This means that the site, at capacity, will hold the equivalent computer power of 100,000 Macbooks and will have the ability to store the same amount of data that Facebook currently holds on a global scale!

Richard adds, “The Aberdeen facility has been designed to the highest technical spec. It will feature Ecrofris cooling technology and employ a full data centre monitoring system including environmental, plant, power and PUE monitoring. For the last 18 months we have been expanding our customers and knowledge in this vital sector. The new facility must and will enable outstanding operational excellence whilst driving down cost. We will also be bringing our full innovation and cloud range directly into Aberdeen. So this commitment is significant.”

brightsolid is working with Keysource on the build.  Mike West, Managing Director Keysource said, “We are delighted to be working with brightsolid to develop this high performance facility in such an exciting market. We’ve been able to bring our experience of working with organisations across all sectors but particularly within Oil & Gas to provide a highly efficient, flexible solution which caters for the latest high density IT.

The data centre will provide a large-scale digital asset compatible with a variety of business sizes within both the public and private sector in Aberdeen and allows for connectivity across the UK and globally. For the energy industry, the centre will link Aberdeen to the world’s other major energy cities.

As part of the project, brightsolid is working in partnership with some of the UK’s leading network providers to connect with their local, national and international networks, with a particular focus on the major international energy hubs.

Technical information on the data centre build:

brightsolid’s build partners, Keysource, is an expert in energy efficiency and was selected based on its technical ability and experience in building data centres in the North East of Scotland.

The data centre infrastructure design has been provisioned to achieve a Power Usage Efficiency (PUE) of 1.25 or better, halving the average UK data centre PUE of 2. Keysource also use Ecrofris, an energy efficient cooling system designed for data centres. This emergent cooling technology reduces the risk of contamination and enables rack power densities of up to 25kW per rack.

The Aberdeen facility will employ a world class fire detection and suppression system (IG55 and FM200 with associated detection and VESDA – Very Early Smoke Detection System). A full data centre monitoring system including environmental monitoring, plant monitoring, power and PUE monitoring, Data Hall air quality monitoring and a recirculating cooling system with MERV 8 filters (as recommended by ASHRAE Standard 127 ASHRAE 2007) will be employed. This will ensure that brightsolid’s facility and its contents will be comlpetely operationally efficient, positioning the data centre facility as an ISO Class 8 in accordance with ASHRAE guidelines.

brightsolid Aberdeen will also feature a two factor access control system and external and internal CCTV cameras which will cover all of the main areas with 24x7x365 on site security.

Technical specifications of the kit used for power and energy efficiency, fire suppression and cooling are detailed below (figures are for final full design size):

  • 2N High Voltage/Low Voltage Transformer
  • N+1 Back-up power from Prime Rated Generation–to support 2Mva IT load plus associated ancillary loads
  • 2N Active/Passive power path per data hall
  • 2MW N+1 UPS System
  • 2MW N+1 Cooling system to support data hall
  • N+1 Cooling to plant rooms

The site is designed to exceed the Uptime Institute Tier III classification to Tier III plus for concurrent maintainability. Concurrently Maintainable No Shut-downs for Equipment Replacement and Maintenance Tier III site infrastructure adds the capability of Concurrent Maintenance Tier II solutions. As a result, a redundant delivery path for power and cooling is added to the redundant critical components of Tier II. This means that each and every component needed to support the IT processing environment, can be shut down and maintained without impact on the IT operation.

For media enquiries/interviews Katie Armstrong, Marketing on 01382 429000 / karmstrong@brightsolid.com