Following its success at last year’s event, Cannon Technologies is once again celebrating after winning the Most Extreme Data Center Deployment Award at the DatacenterDynamics EMEA Awards 2013. The company was commended for the use of its Globe Trotter range of ISO containerised data centers at various European Government project sites around the world, where they are exposed to severe weather and seismic activity.
Now in their seventh year, the DatacenterDynamics EMEA Awards celebrate the best projects, technologies, companies, and people from across the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. The 2013 event took place last month at London’s Lancaster Hotel, where more than 650 people gathered to celebrate the industry and its achievements over the previous 12 months.
Comedian and actor, Vic Reeves, who hosted the event presented the award to Cannon Technologies’ managing director, Matthew Goulding, who commented, “To receive this accolade for the second successive year is a tremendous achievement. It highlights just how much time, hard work and effort has gone into making Globe Trotter the best solution of its kind, and it is testament to the confidence that organisations have in our products and systems.”
Cannon Technologies had to develop a containerised data center solution that could be deployed in a variety of environmental conditions, ranging from desert and tropical to arctic and maritime, with virtually no prior preparation and almost instant operation. Initial deployments included locations, where temperatures are extreme and sandstorms had to be dealt with at the logistical and deployment phases of the project, as well as during their operation.
Available in 6m, 12m, and 12m double and triple clamshell variants, the Globe Trotter range has been able to meet, and exceed, all of the requirements thanks to unique features such as full shock attenuation. Cannon Technologies’ newly patented, 19-in. shock absorption frames are located within the racks, protecting differing equipment weights. For mission critical deployments, wireless shock transmitters can also be used to advise control centers of any seismic activity.
Other key features include pre-installed servers, switches, UPSs, and power distribution units (PDUs) with N+1 redundancy. Climate control is configured via direct/indirect free cooling or direct expansion (DX) technology that can deal with extreme temperatures ranging from +58°C to -46°C, while still achieving a low power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating. The typical power density of an installed system is 4kW to 6kW per rack and the clamshell versions can be joined together rapidly whilst maintaining an open wall between the operating units.
Added Goulding, "Our brief to instantly ship fully operational data centres, relocate them at short notice with no system damage or separate handling of IT equipment, was a challenge. However, our Globe Trotter range of ISO containerised data centers has satisfied all of its set requirements and we’re delighted to have this successful project recognised at the DatacenterDynamics EMEA Awards."