1MW Tier III Ready Data Centre by Cannon Technologies in Conjunction with CENTIEL
Cannon Technologies Ltd
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1MW Tier III Ready Data Centre by Cannon Technologies in Conjunction with CENTIEL
Uptime Institute Professional Services have recently awarded Tier III Ready status for the Cannon Modular Data Centre in 4 power ratings:
- 100kW Tier III Ready Data Centre Design
- 250kW Tier III Ready Data Centre Design
- 500kW Tier III Ready Data Centre Design
- 1MW Tier III Ready Data Centre Design
The team at Cannon Technologies working in conjunction with several OEM manufacturers, have recently developed a Tier III ready data centre by making a pre-certified set of solutions available. Over the past 2 years, Centiel has been working closely with Cannon Technologies to help with the design and implementation of modular UPS technology for the Tier III ready data centre design, which has now been fully approved by the Uptime Institute.
The result is the development of a pre-certified set of solutions, ready to take to market. Any organisation now looking to implement a Tier III data centre can purchase a pre-approved design and all the equipment for what is essentially a fixed price. Figures for the environmental element just need to be re-assessed, depending on the location of the installation. Purchasing a pre-approved Tier III data centre in this way, can save time and reduce the overall build cost, while maximizing convenience. Customers can push forwards with confidence, safe in the knowledge the configuration is already certified.
This Tier III ready status will accelerate data centre clients own Tier III certification, reduce the cost, and fast-track their time to market.
Tier III: is described as concurrently maintainable and ensures that any component can be taken out of service without affecting production.
This Tier III ready status provides data centre clients with fact-based evidence that their final build will more easily obtain a Tier Certification by utilising the Cannon MDC range of products, this will:
• REDUCE time to market
• REDUCE design & engineering costs
• REDUCE cost and risks associated with alternative options
• SUPPORT applications for final Tier Certification
Cannon’s Tier III ready design includes Centiel’s true modular UPS CumulusPowerTM and is supported by Centiel’s technical support. Centiel’s Distributed Active Redundant technology offers the highest levels of resilience, is flexible, robust and it has been tried and tested in many scenarios.
It has taken a significant amount of work and around 12 months in total to complete and gain approval for the 100kW – 250kW from the Uptime Institute, and a further 12 months to secure the 500kW and 1MW designs.
The interpretation needed revising and refining to match the required classification. The process was intense and involved a joined-up approach with Cannon Technologies and the Uptime Institute to ensure all the rules were adhered to and a consensus of understanding was reached.
The first 100kW data centre solution, using a 2N design configuration was completed in July 2020. closely followed by the 250kW, and more recently the 500kW and 1MW designs.
The UPS is only a small element of the whole approved Tier III data centre which has been created. Cannon Technologies has also worked with other partners to provide a complete data centre solution, that includes generators, switch gear, cooling and cabling so the entire design can be offered as an approved solution. We were involved in various points in the process to identify how the UPS could impact on the rest of the solution, even as far as environmental controls.
The development of the certified Tier III data centre now offers a rapid and convenient answer to implementing a fully inclusive, certified solution.

The 100kW Tier III Ready Data Centre Design includes:
Cannon have developed a repeatable modular data centre product design composed of an initial 64.46m2 build supporting 16 IT racks with a capacity of up to 6kW per rack. IT Load cooled using energy efficient direct expansion (DX) chillers and with-in-row (WIRC) air handling units. The 100-kW Granular Modular Data Center supports an IT load of 93.25 kilowatts (kw) for a data centre design that could fulfil the requirements needed to meet the Tier III standard.
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