security centre

IT Relocation specialists

As a well established provider of data centre and IT Equipment Room related services to many market sectors.

read more 

Green Field Site Datacentre Construction

Mafi Mushkila was retained by a major UK based insurer to complete a risk assessment to refurbish one their existing datacentres, whilst operational. The conclusion of the report was that the risk to operational services and cost were unacceptable compared with the construction and migration to a new datacentre.

Mafi Mushkila developed the feasibility study and budget to seek board approval. Due to distance limitations within the IT infrastructure, sites within a limited radius of the existing datacentre facilities were considered for development. A risk assessment of the shortlisted potential sites was carried out by Mafi Mushkila that discounted sites that did not have suitable power, poor communications or had environmental issues. The selected site was a green field site within 12.6km of the existing facilities.

Assisting with the interviewing and engagement the professional team to develop the design to full implementation. Ensuring that the final solution was fit for purpose by attending construction meetings, representing the customer and seeking sign off of critical design customer’s strategy team.

Mafi Mushkila was responsible for many aspects of the project from inception to completion:

  • develop employer's requirements
  • team selection
  • High Density Rack testing, selection, design and implementation
  • inter-datacentre Dark Fibre connectivity
  • IT Rack layout design, testing, selection and installation
  • cable containment (data and power) design and implementation
  • structured cabling design, selection and implementation
  • extend / upgrade SAN and IP networks (native and DWDM)
  • relocation of WAN / MAN services
  • migration of IT services (2500+ Mainframe, Midrange and Intel servers, storage arrays, tape robots, optical devices)
  • interim management and decommissioning of old datacentre

The specification of the datacentre is:

  • 2,512m2 serviced IT space available (Phase 1)
  • Power & Cooling capacity average 1,500Watts/m2
  • 10-minute UPS at full load (including chillers and pumps)
  • Chilled water buffer
  • 4-days fuel supply on-site at full load

The datacentre provides:

  • Water or Inergen fire suppressant in all IT and plant rooms
  • diverse, resilient power supply and distribution (N+1); A and B feeds to all devices
  • resilient cooling infrastructure (RACU N+6, Chillers N+N and Pumps N+1)
  • concurrently maintainable Mechanical & Electrical infrastructure
  • secure facility that meets industry best practices
  • 24x7 on-site Mechanical & Electrical support team
  • unpacking, storage and build facilities
  • Mechanical & Electrical workshops and stores
  • dual loading bays / dock levellers
  • customer engineering offices, storage and workshops
  • Business Continuity office space and meeting rooms for up to 75 staff

Mafi Mushkila conducted a product / vendor selection on behalf of the client to select and implement a structured cabling solution for both copper and fibre structured cabling. I2S was selected to deliver the solution based on Corning CAT6a copper and fibre products. Mafi Mushkila completed the solution design and managed the installation.

The project was short listed as one of four shortlisted finalist projects for the 2008 Datacentre Dynamics Awards, in the category of ‘Innovation in Mega Datacentre’.

‘Over the course of many projects, Mafi Mushkila have proved themselves consistently able to deliver datacentre projects to challenging deadlines within agreed budgets. Their high quality contribution has produced a strong business relationship founded on mutual respect and trust which I consider to be essential for this type of work to be successful.
Dr Ian Butterworth,
Executive Director and CIO, Aviva UK Life

Mafi Mushkila conducted a product (and vendor) selection on behalf of the client to select and deliver Standard Density IT racks (average 2kW) and High Density IT Racks (average 18kW, maximum 30kW per rack). Rittal was selected to deliver the solution based on TS8 Racks and LCP+ water cooled solution. Mafi Mushkila subsequently managed the installation , testing and integration of the High Density solution with the Building Management System (BMS).

Within the scope of the project Mafi Mushkila implemented the Aperture Vista product suite, which was used during the planning and execution of the IT migration to plan the layout of the floor standing IT equipment and the rack mounted servers.

Connectivity between IBM Mainframe services was limited to a maximum of 3km (ESCON, CLO links and Sysplex timers) ; the distance between datacentres exceeded this. It was not possible to implement relay stations to regenerate the signals. A solution was developed with IBM and ADVA that implemented CWDM Technology between three datacentres, reducing to Two datacentre on completion of migration.

PDF version