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Facebook and Emerson to build prototype "rapid deployment data centre"

Brian Karlovsky | May 14, 2014
The pilot is a bid to build one of world's most sustainable data centres

Facebook has partnered Emerson Network Power to develop and build a prototype for the company's next generation of data centres.

Luleå 2 will be the pilot for Facebook's new "rapid deployment datacentre" (RDDC).

Facebook's RDDC incorporates a number of modular design elements, including pre-fabricated materials and on-site assembly, to enable an increase in the speed of deployment and reduction in material use.

Luleå 2 will span approximately 125,000 sq ft, and Emerson will deliver over 250 shippable modules, including power skids, evaporative air handlers, a water treatment plant, and datacentre superstructure solutions.

It will be built next to Facebook's first datacentre building in Luleå, which came online in June 2013.

Like its predecessor, Luleå 2 will be one of the most efficient and sustainable data centres in the world, according to a company statement, powered by 100 percent renewable energy and featuring the latest in Open Compute Project server, storage, mechanical, and electrical designs. Emerson Network Power, global business leader, Scott Barbour, said the company had worked with Facebook to understand their wants and needs.

"We collectively developed an integrated, cost-effective, tailored solution," said

"This collaboration with Facebook illustrates our competencies in modular construction and showcases next-generation thinking.

"Emerson is able to deliver innovative, global, turnkey datacentre solutions comprising design, construction, critical infrastructure equipment, building management system, and services." Facebook, director of datacentre design, Jay Park, said: "Because of our relentless focus on efficiency, we are always looking for ways to optimise our datacentres including accelerating build times and reducing material use," he said.

"We are excited to work with Emerson to pilot the RDDC concept in Luleå and apply it at the scale of a Facebook datacentre."


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