(The Hosting News) – Rackspace (NYSE: RAX), the #1 managed cloud company, along with data centre and colocation provider Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR), has today unveiled its new UK data centre. Based in Crawley, West Sussex, the 130,000 square foot data centre will help to meet the growing demand for managed cloud services in the UK and Europe. The facility has been designed with the specific needs of Rackspace customers in mind, encompassing top speeds, availability and energy efficiency.
Delivering outstanding Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.151compared to the average data centre today rating of 1.72, and with a design BREEAM assessment certification of ‘Excellent,’ it is one of the UK’s greenest data centres. The new operation is the first data centre in the UK to make use of innovative ‘indirect outside air’ cooling technology on this scale, without mechanical cooling, which means the overhead energy required to operate the data centre has been cut by almost 80 per cent3. The use of these cutting-edge technologies in the facility is testament to both Digital Realty’s and Rackspace’s full support of the latest ASHRAE guidelines4, which demonstrates an ability to follow stringent energy and sustainability targets while ensuring high levels of server performance.