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With an established and proven approach to data centre design, build and construction, Secure IT Environments works closely with its clients to design their energy efficient facilities by taking advantage of our expertise and continued learning.

With in-house data centre design and build team of engineers, we fully support our customer preferred architecture solution to ensure your data centres are running seamlessly utilising the latest efficient data centre cooling systems and power infrastructure management industry standards with no disruption to mission critical services or business continuity operations.

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How to Design a Data Centre

The design and build of your Data Centre is an important project that needs to be carefully considered from not just the initial design but putting in place the correct systems for ongoing protection and peace of mind. Using our company resources to design your Data Centre is essential. We can provide the optimum reliability and performance specification for your facility whilst at the same time offering the most cost effective capital investment as well the lowest ongoing operational costs.

Ensuring the right Design is in place to respond to the changing needs of your future business is vital. If you are concerned with the capability, physical security, resilience or efficiency of your Data Centre, then it is time to consider a more sustainable approach providing the appropriate support services to the operational management of your servers and its rack architecture. What control of access do you have over server racks?

There are many reasons why you might need a change to your Data Centre Design and the equipment within it, although primarily they are in response to fundamental questions; will your Data Centre infrastructure (such as your UPS or generator) protect your business critical operation in the event of utility or component failure and is your facility operating at its most efficient? Do you have the resources to control the ongoing capacity of the server racks? What security measures need to be put in place?

Critical Power Protection​

Power outages and power cuts happen within data centres. You can’t prevent them, but you can ensure you have the right protection. A generator and or a modular UPS system on site will provide rack continuity to your business when you need it.

It is important to choose the right solution for your facility. There are off the shelf solutions and bespoke solutions, and there is no ‘one size fits all’, so it is important to discuss your needs to ensure you are obtaining the most efficient solutions. This will help you understand all the key elements of protecting your IT environment and advise you on the best modular UPS system or generator for your Data Centre Design.



Cooling within data centres will keep your IT equipment within the recommended environmental envelope and prevent equipment hardware failures. Its main cooling requirements is to remove heat from the secure white modular space and prevent the moisture content of the air from moving out of tolerance. The standards used in the UK follow the ASHRAE guidelines.

This allows air inlet temperatures to the IT equipment within data centres of up to 27 Degrees Centigrade in some circumstances. This has meant a move in recent times within data centres to more installations of both direct and indirect free cooling applications which has driven facility PUEs from where that have historically been at 2.0 or more down towards 1.1.

Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE)

PUE is an important measurement of energy efficiency in Data Centres, providing the metrics needed to make informed green efficiency changes about Data Centre infrastructure. With the cost of power rising, an efficient Data Centre Design not only delivers cost benefits to your organisation but is considerably less damaging to the environment.

Many low capital cost approaches in energy efficiency with often just small changes can save businesses thousands of pounds a year in power. PUE efficiency compares the total power energy used by a facility with how much is used by the IT components. The closer the figure tends to 1.0, the more efficient the facility is operating.

Planned Preventative Maintenance

To ensure all equipment is in working order and will perform as designed in both normal operating conditions and an emergency, it is essential that regular maintenance inspections are planned and completed to the manufacturer’s recommendations. The service inspections provide the end user with the confidence that their Data Centre is operating at its best.

We provide provide a range of UPS, generator, air conditioning, fire suppression maintenance  from a simple repair to 24/7 service contracts with guaranteed response times.

Remote monitoring

An early warning alert can prevent a situation from reaching a critical point. Our support team offers it customer UPS monitoring that detects any changes or errors in your system. Our automated management system monitors the environment of your racks and identifies even minor problems and sends alerts immediately informing relevant personnel.Many monitoring systems are able to remotely monitor any Global operations architecture via the cloud.


 “A datacentre is considered the critical core of the business, so entrusting the critical fabric of its environment with a trusted partner was essential.  The expertise and guidance provided by Secure I.T. Environments was comforting, they had the knowledge and expertise to ensure the project was a resounding success.  The planning and implementation phases were executed with professionalism and quality, it was reassuring to know we had a trusted partner throughput this key project.”

Jon Cosson

Head of IT & CISO at JM Finn

Our Approach

The key principles of our design approach are based on simple, scalable, cost effective but highly energy efficient cooling and infrastructure technologies that deliver real value through the critical life cycle of the facilities infrastructure to the latest data centre TIA942 industry standards and provides significant best levels of power usage effectiveness (pue) for operational performance

Whether traditional, containerised or modular our energy efficient scalable approach to any challenge is developed to align with the overall strategy of each business client, ensuring we optimise every data centre design and future fit-out at every stage.

Case study

Discover More About Our Design Solutions

The new modular data centre, which further increases the security rating of Opus Trust’s operations, began construction in April 2020, during the UK COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.  The nature of Opus’ operations gave the project key worker status, and despite the many challenges created in the supply chain, logistics and onsite management of the project, it was fully delivered in just 15 weeks.

The new data centre was being built in a fully operational area, which meant particular care had to be taken to develop new processes and timelines to ensure the project complied with COVID-19 requirements, minimising risks for all involved, and still delivering the project on time. 

Frequently asked questions

Data centre design serves as the key design phase of data centre development, where system architects create a documented and diagrammatic, logical view of a data center. It is typically an extensive process that covers all of a data centre’s essential computational and non-computational parameters. The computing aspect of data centre design may incorporate any of the following:

  • Number and type of required servers
  • Network, equipment rack layout
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), data centre management or any other required software

Similarly, data centre design’s non-computing aspect includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Physical modular facility that houses all equipment and racks
  • Data center power, cooling and ventilation systems
  • Physical data center security, disaster recovery and business continuity planning
  • Migration of servers

There are three key areas to consider when planning to build a new data centre to ensure the project meets the needs of the organisation it’s designed to serve: existing facilities, the organisation’s business needs, and the data centre technology environment. Having answers to specific questions in these three areas will put your organisation in a position to make the best choice for design, build, installation, and start-up of your new data centre.

Key to understanding how to plan and build a new data centre is knowing the details of your existing data centre setup and capacity, whether that is your own facility, a colocation provider, or a cloud service.

Getting a clear picture of what already exists helps determine if building a new data centre is indeed the right option. In this digital age It’s possible that colocation, outsourcing, or a cloud or hybrid model could best meet your organisation’s data centre needs.

As part of this evaluation process, it’s also critical to understand the goals of the business, and how the data centre meets the needs of the company. A key part of this is understanding the scale of IT in the organisation, as well as how the data centre and its operations align with the business. That requires looking closely at how much data the business deals with, how it is gathered, stored, and accessed, what contact uses the data and how, and the relevant industry standards the data centre must comply with.

After getting a good sense of organisational goals and how the existing facilities are serving the business, and could you scale this down. it’s also critical to understand the company’s technology and data center physical environments.

Data centre projects are complex undertakings. When it’s done right, a brand new data center will support your business objectives and meet current and anticipated future needs. The way to set up your organisation for success with this project is to understand existing data centre facilities, know the business needs of the organisation, and have knowledge of the necessary data centre and technology environment.

Buildings used as storage facilities are most often located in the suburbs, areas with uninterrupted power supply. The centres are built in a fenced area that is protected from unauthorised intrusion. Data centres are located in one- or two-storey buildings, in buildings using modular construction techniques or containerised units. They can also be built internal or external of a main building

The data center houses switching routing and storage hardware. The function of that hardware depends on the type of data center. There is also generally a large amount of power and cooling equipment as well as admin space. Some data centers are for access from a customer to a business’s serve

Sometimes they can be found in the city centres, refurbishing industrial buildings, storage facilities, and hangars. Buildings must meet strict requirements, must be selected based on the load-bearing capacity of walls and floors, and the materials used for construction.

. To ensure an uninterrupted power supply, two mains from different substations, battery packs and emergency diesel generators are normally used. Switching to the emergency power supply is performed in milliseconds, so the risk of losing company data is minimized.

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