What’s involved in building a data centre?

It’s a growing industry here in the UK and is providing plentiful new employment opportunities for professionals with the right skill set. Data centres look certain to become an increasingly important feature of the UK technology industry, with several locations being explored as possible new hubs.

The Rise Of Data

The surge in demand for data centres has largely been driven by the increased adoption of cloud computing services. With many organisations now relying on cloud-based software, platform and infrastructure, the volume of data being generated and processed each day has risen exponentially. Alongside the growing popularity of IoT (Internet of Things) devices in many homes and offices, and the roll-out of the 5G network, cloud-based data processing and storage needs to catch up, and fast.

Growing Opportunities In This Sector

As a result of the need for more data centres, there are plenty of employment opportunities to be had. One positive benefit of building data centres is that they will likely be located in geographically diverse areas, rather than grouped together in the London and South-East regions.

A data centre needs to be located where there is great infrastructure (a single centre can use as much energy as a small town), as well as a large population, and this could well mean a welcome employment boost for many overlooked areas of the UK. With the need for data centres set to grow and grow, there are opportunities for investment in new territories such as the Middle East and Asia, too.

Building A Data Centre

As we have already mentioned, a data processing centre needs to be in the right location, with access to people and essential infrastructure. Yet beyond these basic requirements, the building of these centres is evolving.

Power is a critical consideration for data centres, and a lot of this energy is used simply to keep the hardware at a cool, functional temperature. Whereas traditional data centres expended a kilowatt of cooling energy for every kilowatt of server power, the newest centres can now keep their servers at a temperate climate for a tenth of their processing energy. Techniques such as hot or cold aisle containment help to make these crucial energy savings possible, alongside higher “air on” server temperatures and other innovative new methods.

Indeed, sustainability is now firmly at the heart of new data centre development, with the rise of “green” data centres located in naturally colder climates such as Iceland, and the growing use of renewable energy as power sources. This change has been led by customer demand, indicating a more eco-friendly approach from big corporations.

It makes good business sense, too, as renewable energy can often be a more cost-efficient choice. The greener approach doesn’t end there: new data centres are being built with recycled materials where possible, minimising waste and optimising efficiency. Even excess or wasted heat can be recycled, allowing centres to maximise sustainability and clients to meet their environmental policy commitments, too.

Hire The Best Talent For This Sector

The growth of the data processing and storage centre sector means that companies will have hiring challenges in store. With decades of experience in technical Specialised recruitment, Clear Engineering Recruitment can ensure that you enter the new age of data centres with the finest talent on board. Discover how the expert team at Clear Engineering Recruitment can help you to find and attract the best candidates by getting in touch on 020 3355 4054 or at info@clear-recruitment.co.uk.