Traditional Server room Versus a Micro Data Centre

When your business needs require a new server room it is important to consider a number of factors.

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Introducing Oper8 Global’s Micro Data Centre Solutions

Small in size, big on performance

The Micro Data Centre is the perfect solution for all your local computing needs. Offering space-saving design and low power consumption, it’s an affordable way to provide edge services with capability in a small footprint without compromising performance or security!

Rack Rails

Like most conventional IT racks, the Oper8 Micro DC uses 19” rack rails to accommodate standard Data Centre Hardware. To maximise efficiency of the smaller footprint, it is possible to add a further 6U to the side of the rails to vertically mount switches, EMS, Fire Panels etc. In total an additional 12U can be supported using the rails.


Specify your Micro DC with a range of security options such as CCTV or Door Access to ensure your IT is protected at all times. Robust defences, configurable warnings and alarms and remote monitoring will ensure your Micro DC is always safeguarded from threats. Work with the Oper8 Global Team to deploy a solution that offers peace of mind.

Environment Monitoring & DCIM

Let Oper8 Global’s EMS and DCIM systems monitor the environment to mitigate risk and keep you informed as to what is going 24/7 where ever you are. Not only is the environment monitored, but additional hardware (UPS/Fire etc.) are also able to be monitored, providing customers with a great overview of their IT estate in real time, anywhere in the world.


The Oper8 Global Micro Data Centre can specified with an IP66 rated enclosure. This option enables the Micro DC is to be located in much harsher environments. This allows the Micro DC to free up office or warehouse space and exploit the unused space outside of the building.

Data Centre Solutions

Traditional Server Room Versus a Micro Data Centre

Design of the Server Room

When your business requires a new server room, it is essential to consider several factors.

When thinking about how to design the Server room, consider your current requirements and then plan for future development to expand your IT estate as your business grows.

The issue is that you either underestimate your future development and run out of space quickly, or you over-engineer the solution, allowing for far more racks than you will ever need, resulting in it being underutilised yet still requiring significant CapEx and OpEx.

Space for the Server Room

On-Premise server rooms take up valuable space within a building. If, as with many businesses, you are leasing a Building, not only will you need to obtain the landlord’s approval and building control for the construction of the room, but you will also need to factor in reinstatement costs at the termination of your lease.

To establish the proper environment, all new walls must go slab to slab to create fire integrity. However, because modern buildings require allowance for what is above the suspended ceiling (typically data baskets, illumination trunking, and fresh air ducts), achieving a fire-sealed environment isn’t simple.

You’ll also need to keep the environment cool, so install complete AC units that include humidity control. But how do you size it on day one, and how can you future-proof it as you expand?

There are many cooling devices, Downflow, Upflow, InRow, Inrack, DX, and chilled water, so how do you select the correct unit? Most server rooms grossly oversize the AC units and condition the whole space, which is wasted energy and impacts your Opex costs.

Now we need to look at fire detection and suppression. Firstly we need to consider the gas type; we then need to house the bottles, which are bulky and heavy, so we need to strengthen the floor; we need to install pressure relief dampers and a gas extract which typically means making holes in walls to the outside world.

The gas suppression is calculated on volume, so it must be calculated correctly; too little won’t suppress the fire. Too much, and you over-pressurise the room, which could create a catastrophic failure, plus Capex increases considerably, and most importantly, you need to ensure the room is 100% airtight.

We then need to consider Security and ensure that the room is secured at a minimum and possibly each rack. Then we need to consider the electrical distribution, Data, Containment for both, separate lighting within the room, and the list goes on.

Achieving the correct environment involves a Specialist Designer, several trades, a competent Project Manager and most importantly, a reasonable Landlord

Speed to deploy a Server Room

It takes a long time from start to finish, with many stakeholders and considerable expense. Designing and constructing a server room typically takes six months or more. Many businesses do not have the luxury of time; therefore, they need a solution right now.

Cost to deploy a Server Room

A Traditional server room will typically cost 3-4 times more than a Micro Data Centre and require significantly higher OpEx expenditures owing to the use of enormous UPS units and AC Systems. However, Oper8 Global can build a Micro DC in days.

The Oper8 Global Micro Data Centre incorporates the traditional Data Centre Hardware, only smaller.

Making IT Simple and Secure

By bringing data processing closer to end-users and enabling organisations to distribute their Data Centre footprint, Micro Data Centre can reduce costs and deployment times while increasing resilience and scalability.

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Mission critical IT, Network, Compute and IoT platforms come in many different sizes – however, all them have something in common – their mission critical nature.

Complementing cloud solutions with on-premise infrastructure is a natural fit for many organisations who require:

  • Local hyperconverged IT platforms
  • The need to maintain existing applications or business systems locally – whether they might work in the cloud or not
  • High Performance Compute (HPC) locally
  • Cost effective, office connected, (10Gbps to 100Gbps) fibre-speed connectivity to critical compute infrastructure
  • Low latency applications
  • Local data storage
  • A distributed mesh of local data centre capacity

A Micro Data Centre, or MicroDC, is a purpose-built data centre comprising one or more IT racks, integrated (and dedicated) cooling racks, with fully integrated systems typical of larger data centre facilities. Oper8’s MicroDCs include integrated power protection, cooling, monitoring and optional fire detection and suppression.

Private Cloud or Hyper-Converged Platform?

WAN bandwidth costs stifling your projects?

Aging Data Centre systems holding you back?

Not interested in Data Centre Management?

Lack of Data Centre power and cooling?

Systems can't migrate to the Cloud?

Latency and network performance challenges?

No local Cloud platforms or infrastructure?

Need local data storage with cloud backup?

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Enabling the flexibility required to match the broad range of IT systems needed on Premise and at the Edge

Oper8 Global have multiple Data Centre solutions, from our PICO DC ranging from 1-3KW per rack in 14U-24U rack, NANO DC from 3KW -8KW per rack in 24U -42U rack and the MICRO DC From 8KW – 125KW per rack in 40U, 45U and 48U racks.

All racks are 100% air tight and are fully fitted out with AC, Fire Suppression, Intelligent rack mounted PDU’s, UPS systems.

The IT ECO System is scalable and can be configured for either indoor applications or external applications up to IP66. The real benefit of this product is flexibility as it allows you to grow as your IT estate grows without the need for dedicated server rooms or controlled environments.



Frequently Asked Questions

Can Oper8 Global maintain our existing data centre?

Yes we can. Oper8 Global uses a combination of our own team with support from specialist partners and subcontractors as required.

Can Oper8 Global provide on-premise maintenance services?

Yes – we support Edge, Hybrid and HPC solutions whether at your premise, your colocation site or in one of our partner colocation sites.

What type of Asset Management do your provide?

Through our Partnerships with Oper8 (Australia) and RFCode, our online asset management solution includes wireless and infrared sensors that can track the locations of your key assets across racks, rooms and buildings.  Using back-to-base data synchronisation you always know where your assets are physically located.  The online portal provides quick access to registered users to quickly perform asset management functions.

Can you do Wireless Environmental Monitoring?

Yes – Oper8 Global uses the RFCode range of wireless environmental sensors to provide a multi-site, multi-room monitoring solution. The solution uses 433MHz wireless signals that are sensor ‘transmit only’ to RF Readers that are ‘receive only’. Wireless sensors are quick to deploy, and can cover temperature, humidity, air pressure, fluid detection, door open/close, dry contract, 4-20mA and 0-5V, and select PDU power sensors. 

Where can you deliver Operations Services?

Oper8 Global provides Operations Services across EMEA, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Island Nations.  Expansion of our services into the Asia Pacific is currently being planned.

How do you deliver remote maintenance services?

Oper8 Global likes to work with local partners who are keen to work with us.  We don’t believe in the notion of having to do everything ourselves and look forward to supporting local suppliers and partners in maintaining customer solutions. 

Can I become a Local Maintenance Partner for Oper8 Global?

Oper8 Global looks forward to discussing your capabilities and how you can help us support our customer solutions.  Contact Us to start the conversation.

Can you deliver DCIM and BMS monitoring?

Oper8 Global uses our own EMS and PRAM solutions, along with Partner platforms from RFCode and Vertiv to align a DCIM and/or BMS solution for your Edge, Hybrid and HPC data centre solution.

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