Switch SuperNap - The new reality in hyper scale data centres

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  1. hurfi

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    http://on.fb.me/grjWWl

    http://bit.ly/h4LnmJ

    And just wait for the details about SuperNap East...it's going to be epic

    I get goosebumps reading about developments from these guys, I would work there for free and die a happy man.
     
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    Agreed, I can't wait until they build data centres like that here.
     
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    That is a massive DC :shock:

    That cooling capacity is nuts, we're moving to a brand new DC in Perth (HPC) which will do a max of 8kw/m2, fairly sure that translates to around 750w/ft2. Imagine the power use of a facility that size at full load, they must have a nuclear plant close by
     
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    Not a nuclear plant, just the Hoover Dam!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFywyGUKu7o

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUFfUiaibbY&feature=channel

    Video of some of the cooling infrastructure.
     
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    They can even seal the complex to stop biological attack! They have left nothing to chance.
     
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    Will this be one of those centres where tech staff are kept fit because they have to use scooters to whiz around aisles to get to servers? :lol:
     
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    They also must have a massive generator capacity and tonnes of UPS batteries. The 7 diverse AC distribution schemes would have been very interesting to design, especially at 120V - that's a lot of amps and a lot of copper!
     
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    That sound huge :lol: not that I've been in a real DC as yet (will be soon).

    Is this the future bases of skynet :Paranoid:
     
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    This is where it BEGINS!
     
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    for many reasons it's unlikely they're single phase ;)
     
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    Are there blades and other equipment which have 3phase PSU's?
     
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    You don't put 3 phase into your blades. You put 3 phase into your other infrastructure (massive UPSes and whatnot), and then feed them into rack PDUs which then feed single phase blade chassis.
     
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    exactly as I thought, 3phase supply to single phase equipment - 7 diverse supplies as quoted in one of those links above would suggest 7 sets of UPS's and generators = lots of fault capacity and lots copper
     
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    Erm it isn't just 1 single building, it is spread across a lot. They'd have 7 connections to the power grid, but not to 1 building, just to the whole thing.

    So what they would have is say 2 or 3 per building, the same for bandwidth and the network fabric.

    If you want to see proof of this, just look at the DC in CBOT.
     
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    Yeah your right, I am probably taking the marketing spiel too literally. They could mean 7 HV substations or just transformers, not specifically 7 independent and backed up supplies for coloo equipment.

    From the facebook click-through link above...
    Although it sounds like that is the planned total for the campus, it's an epic amount of capacity, roughly the same as Swanbank B power-station. Interesting design is an understatement.
     
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    Our blade enclosures are on 3 phase, as spec'ed here. Why wouldn't you run 3 phase into blade equipment? :confused:
     
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    Their UPS' also likely wouldn't be UPS' in the conventional sense charging batteries off the grid and using them when the power goes out. More than likely they would be using Flywheel energy storage which would have enormous steel or concrete flywheels which are spun up to speed off the grid and power drawn off them at the same. When the power goes out the flywheel would spin for a huge amount of time under it's own inertia / kinetic energy.

    The energy storage potentials are huge, likely much higher densities per area than conventional lead acid batteries. The environmental benefits are also huge, without having to replace the batteries every 3 years, which would save a fortune over the long run.
     
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    I'm just waiting for the day when data centres have their own nuclear power systems built in or directly attached. :cool:
     

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