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Capgemini officially launched Merlin, its new modular data center in Swindon, UK, it says can boost a record breaking PUE of 1.08.

Capgemini said the data center, with 3,000 m sq technical floor space, achieved this rating during controlled factory testing it under operational conditions it expects it can achieve 1.10.

Built on a brownfield site in Swindon, Merlin – named after the old warehouse shell used for the build – was built using sustainable materials and locally sourced products where possible.

Containing 12 modules when fully kitted, Capgemini programme director for infrastructure Paul Anderson says he expects Merlin’s capacity for hosting to be fully met by the end of next year.

Rumours have already circulated that a large UK government department helped drive demand for Merlin, especially in regards to the need for its sustainable design.

Capgemini CEO of Global Infrastructure Management Richard Dicketts said Merlin will also help meet a growing demand for cloud services.

"Meeting the requirements of 21st century businesses in terms of agility, cost and risk management, fully managed, virtualized and private cloud services need to be delivered alongside the more traditional data center services," Dicketts said.
"Using this blueprint we will be able to set up large or small facilities wherever they are needed around the globe to fulfil demand for services."
Capgemini said Merlin has a Tier III rating and it expects to get LEED accreditation for Merlin by the end of next year. It could not receive BREEAM accreditation because of mandatory requirements the standard sets for using steam humidification.

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