DATA CENTRE TECHNOLOGY

Data centres are playing an increasingly important role in shaping the digital economy.

At AQ Compute, we offer technologies that meet the Big Data needs of large enterprises, hyperscalers, cloud and hosting providers. By focusing on the needs of each individual customer, data can be distributed across a facility, allowing each customer to scale their needs.

 

 

 

MW IT per data hall

Each data hall will have a standard basic size, with between 2 MW and 5 MW of IT power. Inside each data hall, IT power can be added in small increments, enabling our clients to scale up their needs. Power densities per rack will be typically 10 kW and above, but flexible spacing and compartmentation in the data hall will allow easy adaptation. High-density zones will be adapted for clients requiring it, in particular for HPC needs, reaching 100 kW per rack.

Enabling the world to work, learn and play

  • Redundant Power back-up
  • Tier level
  • Security & Monitoring
  • Cooling technology
  • Excess heat recovery

Power backup is a core concept in our data centres. Our backup power supply can easily absorb a failure and allows for maximum uptime until a defective unit is repaired.
In constant readiness for a potential blackout, our data centres are provided with generators, which are periodically tested.

Alternative fuels are synthetic biofuels or even hydrogen. Both are solutions we are exploring to reduce carbon footprints and the energy dependencies of our data centres. Depending on location, large-scale battery storage is also an option.

 

 

 

Our data centres will typically reach the standards defined at Tier III level.

Given the sectorisation of our data halls, we are able to offer different levels of redundancy to each client. We are able to offer facilities within a hall or in dedicated buildings inside a campus or a built-to-suit concept.

Security is key in our data centres.  At AQ Compute facilities, our clients’ data will be equally or more secure than on their own premises.

Our data centres are equipped with 24/7 security and monitoring, early-stage fire detection, firefighting systems and access is only given to accredited personnel.

We will offer our clients different cooling technologies, e.g. DX, in-row-cooling, direct liquid or immersion cooling. There will be a hybrid cooling system, which is separated into sections.

DX with AHUs: flooding the IT area or the IT rows with chilled air is still the most used cooling method at big data centres. We will make sure the best equipment is used and that free cooling can be employed most of the time.

In-row cooling: some applications prefer in-row cooling for very unbalanced IT loads within racks. This is also very well suited to hybrid cooling in combination with liquid cooling and is definitely the choice for chirurgical cooling.

Liquid cooling: direct liquid cooling, immersion cooling or a rear-door heat exchanger. We can bring pipes to the racks for clients needing the highest rack densities and efficiencies.

We are choosing our locations not only based on connectivity and power availability, but also with regard to opportunity to integrate the excess heat from our data centres into a surrounding heat demand.

Data centres are not usually far from communities or activities where our sub-product could have a positive impact. Each unit of energy required by a data centre is transformed into heat after use. This means that each unit of energy can potentially be utilised twice – a sound energetical and economical choice.

By reusing energy through selling heat, we are monetising access. Hence we can reduce the operational costs of our data centres. Early dialogue with authorities, utilities and communities among others can ensure the success of access heat recovery.