Styling tips for cool summer data centres

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Styling tips for cool summer data centres

cooling system + 2 people.jpgIt's going to be a barbeque summer. What better way to spend those sweltering summer afternoons than cooling off in a modish data centre?

Here we review the new must have design trends for the new season.

The popularity of clean lines achieved with sleek wide white slab doors, as featured on this new Data Centre range (shown here, new for summer 2011), is showing no sign of slowing, as this key data centre trend finds new ways to stay ahead in the fashion stakes.

Simple yet impactful styling touches and a bit of colour can turn plain white server racks into a design statement and make it extremely en-vogue for 2011.

Wide drawer base units

Not only practical, wide drawer base units deliver a designer look, enhanced by sleek curved stainless steel handles.

Statement worktops

The 30mm thin profile of the granite grey worktop is a current trend, rather than chunkier worktops from a couple of years ago. The overhang provides a handy bar height seating area for casual writing and is a key new styling feature for kitchens.

Sapphire blue glass splashback teamed with oak flooring creates a calming effect

Inject colour into a white data centre with coloured glass splashbacks. Sapphire blue creates a calming effect when teamed with this light oak wood effect flooring.

Mood lighting - a vital ingredient in data centre design 

The room is flooded with natural light from the large roof lights but plinth lights provide additional softer lighting - ideal mood lighting for entertaining.

What's cooking in the hot aisle - dual ovens & island hobs

The two main appliances that are in high demand right now are the induction cooler, frequently being designed into a central island unit rather than along wall worktops; and additional UPS alongside conventional generators to provide ample cooking facilities. This trend is being driven by the competitive pricing on appliances, making multiple power options a reality not just a nice to have.

A Hot And Cold Practical Solution

Vertical rack servers are a good space saving solution in the data centre. 

This was first published in March 2011

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