Rackspace LON5 facility receives OCP Ready recognition

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Rackspace, Unit 1, Power Avenue, Manor Royal, Cawley, RH10 9BE. 9 April 2015

The Open Compute Project has announced that the Rackspace LON5, a state-of-the-art data centre facility located in Crawley, West Sussex, has achieved OCP Ready status.

“Data Centres that have achieved the OCP Ready recognition have implemented the best practices for operations and energy efficiency, applicable for all IT equipment. When facilities and IT equipment are designed in harmony, breakthrough efficiency is achieved, which is the case for the Rackspace LON5 facility,” stated Bill Carter, Chief Technology Officer for the Open Compute Project Foundation.

The 130,000 square foot, 50,000 server facility was designed using OCP standards to optimise energy conservation and scalability. LON5 features an outstanding Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.15, compared to the average data centre rating of 1.7, a design BREEAM assessment certification of ‘Excellent’, and uses indirect outside air cooling technology, making it one of the UK’s greenest data centres. LON5 is Rackspace’s 10th data centre facility and it offers 3 megawatts of colocation availability, along with network security, dedicated services, public and private cloud, and managed storage and backup solutions for customers worldwide.

Gavin Murray, Regional Manager of Data Centre Engineering and Operations, EMEA at Rackspace, commented: “The facility was purpose-built using Open Compute Project (OCP) standards by deploying hardware that delivers less weight, less waste and less wattage than traditional server designs. Our ongoing collaboration with OCP is critically important as this facility evolves and we continue to look for ways to provide the most energy efficient and scalable data centre solutions for our customers in Europe and around the world.”

“This facility is an excellent showcase for OCP-optimised infrastructure and it’s exciting to see the momentum across the UK and all of Europe for the OCP Ready programme,” commented said Steve Helvie, VP of Channel Development for OCP.

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