Fresh Yorkshire air helps Bytemark breeze through to finals of global datacentre awards

Good news, everyone! Our datacentre in York, YO26, has been selected as a finalist in the DatacenterDynamics EMEA Awards 2013, for the category: “Innovation in Medium Datacenter”.

And that’s thanks in no small part to the way we’re taking advantage of Yorkshire’s climate to cool our servers.

The DatacenterDynamics Awards are the global industry awards for datacentre design. Judges for the shortlisting include technical directors from Barclays, Tesco and BMW. It’s exciting to be selected because it demonstrates that our datacentre is amongst the most innovative globally.

Similar to Facebook and Google mega-datacentres in cold countries like Sweden and Finland, we use fresh air cooling to regulate the temperature of the datacentre instead of power-hungry air conditioning compressors. However, our implementation means that whenever the exterior temperature is below 21.5C the datacentre can be cooled using a high-efficiency fresh air economiser. The average high temperature in York for the last five years was just 17C.

Combined with a building management system that actively manages the conditions within the datacentre, we can run at a PUE of less than 1.2. This reduces the amount of energy we use and thus our impact on the environment, as well as cost.

YO26 has been designed and built completely to Pete and Matthew’s specifications and requirements, with every aspect carefully planned and strong attention to detail. Thanks must also go to our build partners, Sudlows and local air conditioning supplier Airedale, who have delivered the build and systems to a global standard.

A few weeks ago, I biked over to Sudlows’ HQ in east Manchester where we delivered the final presentation to the global judging board. It’s fingers crossed now for the big reveal at a gala ceremony in London this Thursday night!

Josh @ Bytemark