CHPC Data Center Infrastructure

Back from Cape Town, I wanted to finish up my discussion of CHPC with a few photos of their data center infrastructure. As I mentioned in my last post, CHPC uses the new Sun Constellation System Glacier cooling doors, the first such deployment in Africa we are aware of using energy efficient passive cooling doors. In my Jülich Underground post earlier this summer I shared some pictures of Jülich's underground cooling pipe installation. Cape Town being blessed with a more temperate climate than Jülich Germany, Sun's Data Center Strategy, Design, and Build Services team was able to help CHPC design a completely outdoor versus underground cooling infrastructure.

CHPC's data center integrates three high efficiency cooling units which operate in an N+1 redundant fashion. The center can operate on a single cooling tower during most operational conditions, with the second cooling unit providing additional capacity for maximum operations or hot summer days. Meanwhile, the third unit provides redundancy should either of the primary units fail.

While most of Jülich's plumbing and water pumps were under their data center, CHPC was able to locate their's outside next to the cooling units.

And finally, to close of my blog series on CHPC, a look at Cape Town's Table Mountain, one of the many reasons why locals call Cape Town the most beautiful city in the world.

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