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Cannon transportable data centre boasts high resilience

August 2015

Cannon Technologies Middle East says its Cannon Globe Trotter, a pioneering transportable modular data centre solution, is now available in the region.

Globe Trotter has been specifically designed for use in a wide variety of applications, including extreme environments ranging from desert and tropical to Arctic and maritime, with virtually no prior preparation and almost instant operation. The data centre is suitable for all modes of transport, and comprises a range of high-specification, containerised pre-fabricated modules that are available in 3 m, 6 m and 12 m single modules, and double ‘clamshell’ variants.

Cannon Technologies’ managing director Matthew Goulding comments: “A great deal of work has gone into making Cannon Globe Trotter the most resilient transportable modular data centre solution available today. It has undergone a thorough testing programme and, with the utilisation of state-of-the-art components, offers unrivalled levels of performance, scalability and functionality, even in the most demanding environments.”

The Globe Trotter range is fully ISO CSC certified and meets and exceeds all ITE requirements, thanks to many features such as full-size racks with optimal power and cooling.

An additional option is Cannon Technologies’ patented ‘Soft Ride’ 19-inch shock absorption frames, which are located within the racks, protecting differing equipment weights. For mission-critical deployments, wireless shock transmitters can also be used to advise control centres of any seismic activity.

Offering all the functionality of a conventional data centre, Globe Trotter is configured to be energy-efficient with a low power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating. This is possible thanks to a climate control system that is configured via direct/indirect filtered free cooling with direct expansion (DX) technology that can deal with temperatures ranging from plus 58 deg C to minus 46 deg C,” says a spokesman for the company. “Quick fit external cooling modules allow a system to be operating within an hour of offloading.

Globe Trotter utilises standard full-size 19-inch cabinets and aisles, and each unit comes pre-fabricated with power, cabling, containment and cable management. For customers who require a true ‘turnkey’ system, Cannon can supply modules complete with pre-installed servers, switches, modular or fixed uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, LED (light-emitting diode) lighting, and power distribution units (PDUs) with N+1 redundancy. The typical power density of an installed system is 4 kW to 6 kW per rack although higher densities are available. Clamshell versions can be joined together rapidly whilst maintaining a weather-proof wall between the operating units.

“Maximum layout flexibility facilitates a data centre solution that is easy to configure, fast to install and minimises disruption. Units are available in 12 footprints from 80 to 900 sq ft with two to 38 cabinets, each of up to 200 kW. Whatever the chosen format, it will benefit from the use of cutting-edge infrastructure technology for resilient operation, along with a robust and highly secure construction,” the spokesman says.

Globe Trotter’s ability to offer unrivalled performance in harsh environments has already been recognised. Previous versions have been utilised at various government project sites around the world, where they are exposed to severe weather and seismic activity. This resulted in Cannon Technologies receiving the Most Extreme Data Centre Deployment Award at the DatacenterDynamics EMEA Awards, he adds.

With a 36-year pedigree, Cannon Technologies Middle East (part of Cannon Technologies Group) provides T4 data centre solutions around the globe – from building complete data centres as turnkey projects up to TIA 942 Tier Four; to suites of intelligent, environmentally managed infrastructure racks. At top turnkey level, Cannon designs, supplies, integrates and commissions the IT architecture for military and commercial applications, for mission critical projects.

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