Remote-designed and built ModCel Containerised Data Centre installed at NHS trust

Published: 8-Dec-2021

Unique design and build process utilised during COVID-19 pandemic meant ModCel containers were only viewed in person on installation and all site visits were virtual

Secure I.T. Environments has announced the handover of its latest ModCel Containerised data centre project to Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (NNUH).

This unique project, undertaken during the COVID-19 pandemic, meant the project team needed to take special precautions to ensure the safety of staff and patients, while ensuring the mission-critical project went ahead.

Based on Secure I.T. Environments’ bespoke ModCel energy-efficient containerised data centre solution, it was constructed and fitted out offsite.

All design and update meetings were conducted virtually, with no site visits conducted in person by Secure I.T. Environments before installation.

The project was completed in its 90-day planned schedule, and to budget, with Secure I.T. Environments also awarded a five-year maintenance contract for the facility.

The new ModCel containerised data centre comprised of two units each measuring 10mx3.1m, supporting a total of 14 server cabinets on delivery, with additional capacity available for future needs.

And the design principles of the ModCel architecture allows for expansion to the existing structure, thus futureproofing the data centre.

The ModCel container included all the critical mechanical and electrical systems needed in any data centre, including downflow precision air conditioning in 2N redundancy configuration, modular UPS, and electrical infrastructure in 2N configuration, NOVEC 1230 fire detection, and gas extraction systems.

In addition, the ModCel was fitted out with 19” server/communications cabinets, raised access floor, intelligent PDUs, CCTV, access control, and incorporated a structural four-hour fire rating throughout, including fire doors.

Working closely with the team at the trust, groundworks and supplies provision were completed ahead of the delivery of the ModCel containerised data centre, which could then be craned into its final position, the units joined together, and tests conducted to ensure its overall structural integrity.

The switchover of services was closely managed to ensure the minimum level of downtime as the data centre supported critical services for patients and staff.

Chris Wellfair, projects director at Secure I.T. Environments, said: “This project really demonstrates all the strengths of our project teams and the ModCel containerised technology.

“We were able to design and build this data centre with no visits prior to installation.

“But you can only do that with a strong and close client relationship, and our partnership was critical to making this project a success, especially given the restrictions in place during that point in the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Containerised modular data centre solutions can form small data centres where they help resolve space, deployment time, build complexity, and cost challenges.

And the flexibility of the internal configuration means ModCel data centres can also perform very well in high-density applications and be stacked up to 9m high.

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