Urban Workplace - Canada

Customized IT cooling solutions for non-traditional IT spaces

2020-01-24. See how Rittal provides customized IT cooling solutions for non-traditional IT environments in Canada

A developer of distinctive urban workspace and data centre space in Canada’s major cities, provides knowledge-based organizations with distinctive environments for creativity and connectivity.

Design Dilemma

The Company was known initially for its leading role in the emergence of Class I workspaces, a format created through the adaptive re-use of light industrial structures to satisfy the needs of the most demanding office and retail users. Subsequently, their business expanded to urban missed-use properties and focused on urban intensification, as Canadians flocked to downtown locations to live, work, learn and play in greater numbers.

This resulted in a two-fold problem:

  • Lack of space in concentrated downtown office areas
  • Rising costs of grade A1 office space being converted into IT Rooms, resulting in a loss of revenue

The organization was looking to reclaim unused space in basements, parking or “grey areas” of buildings to be converted into smaller Datacenter Solutions that did not require “white room” conditions (Lab level clean rooms). They wanted to offer the solutions as a ‘Co-location of Rack space’ to their tenants in order to recoup the office floor space and add a new revenue stream.

Creating Cool Solutions

When Rittal reviewed the project, they realized that there was definitely a solution to the challenges being faced.

Climate control concepts from Rittal cover the full spectrum of applications, from cooling a single rack to entire data centres. Security plus optimum energy and cost efficiency are paramount. A diverse range of technical solutions creates individual climate control concepts for racks, suites and rooms.

  • Scaled-down Cooling & Installation: It was noted that a key requirement was lower cooling per rack, as well as quick and simple installation (where a Chilled water or larger commercial room cooling solution was not able to fit within the space).
  • Hybrid Design: Rittal saw a unique opportunity to offer an Edge LCP DX Solution in a Hybrid design. The front of the rack with LCP DX coolers would be a rack-based cooling solution that would blow cool air across equipment behind the glass doors to capture 100% of the cooling, while the back of the racks were designed with room heat exchange to capture not only the heat rejection from racks but from an uninterruptible power source (UPS) also located in the room.
  • Exterior Locations: The condenser units were positioned outside the building above a pedestrian walkway to avoid damage or obstruction. Due to the size, the units could be mounted on most exterior locations in urban areas which is useful when there is no availability of chilled water or sufficient space to place a larger roof cooler.
  • Space- saving: Minimal space was required for the redundant version by consolidation of cooling circuits in one unit.
  • Speed of delivery: The project took very little time from order to delivery to installation, minimizing downtime and not disrupting daily business.
  • Flexible design: With the flexibility in design provided by Rittal, the racks and coolers could be moved to other locations (within the building or a new location across town).
  • Minimal investment: The solution offered the opportunity to fulfill the current project objectives, and then grow on demand (pay as you grow).
Rittal is delighted to support the creation of memorable urban workspaces in Canada. We specialize in developing customized IT cooling solutions for non-traditional IT environments, utilizing our diverse portfolio of data centre solutions to meet our clients’ goals of achieving the highest levels of creativity and connectivity!
Tim Rourke, President, Rittal Systems Ltd.

For more information, please visit www.rittal.ca/datasolutions or contact marketing@rittal.ca