Gyron’s Centro facility shortlisted for Datacenter Leaders’ Awards 2009

We’re pleased to announce that our Centro datacentre facility has been shortlisted in the Datacenter Leaders’ Awards 2009 for the  “Innovation in the Medium Datacentre” category. The awards are judged by industry specialists, including engineers from Morgan Stanley, HP, Norland, Dell, and APC, and are sponsored by the British Computer Society, and the Green Grid.

20 rack pod in Suite 1 with hot aisle containment

Hot aisle containment in Suite 1 at Centro datacentre facility

The annual awards are organised by DatacenterDynamics, an information provider who host a series of 22 annual popular datacentre industry conference events worldwide. In 2008 alone, nearly 8,000 industry specialists attended the conferences.

Robin Balen, Managing Director of Gyron stated:

We’re extremely proud to have been shortlisted for this prestigious leadership award. We have received incredible feedback from both existing and new customers who have toured our state-of-the-art Centro facility, which has been designed from the ground up to host a wide range of customer equipment in the most efficient and scalable way possible. This level of recognition from industry insiders is icing on the cake for all the hard work our team have put in to developing the Centro datacentre.

For more details regarding the other awards and finalists, the DatacentreDynamics press release can be found here.

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  1. Mark Pacey  January 28, 2010

    Hey Robin,

    Interesting to see you use Hot aisle containment, rather than cold. Was there any particular reason for that ? ( Can’t see any cold aisle vents in the floor, is that why ?? ). Would be great to come and have a nosey round your site sometime, if that’s at all possible ?? ( There may be a point next year – 2011 – that we have to look at housing some of our kit elsewhere ).


    • Robin Balen - Gyron  February 4, 2010

      Hey Mark

      Our philosophy has always been that rather than cooling the hosting suite, what we really want to do is extract the heat from the air that the servers warm up. Hot aisle containment allows us to feed the hot air directly in to our CRAC units, which is then cooled and returned to the room at neutral temperatures.

      We believe that this offers several advantages over forcing cold air in to the front of the servers and using the entire room as a hot air plenum. Two big ones are we can run the fans on our CRAC units much slower as there is no pressurization occurring, and also that the hosting environment is a lot more pleasant to work in (to get good efficiencies you want to get the hot air to ~30C)!

      We’re always happy to show potential customers around — just drop an email to!




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