Data Centers

Data centers in the 21st Century

Rackspace cooling system

The datacentre has a power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.7, though Rackspace hopes to lower this to an average of 1.59 once the third data hall is built.

Cooling is achieved via computer room air-conditioning (Crac) units that pass cold air through the underfloor plenum. The current is then lifted into the servers and expelled as hot air at the back. Unlike numerous other datacentres, the racks are not enclosed.


Photo credit: Jack Clark 

See Inside Rackspace's UK cloud datacentre for more photos.

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