Nexpand Containment

Nexpand Containment

Aisle containment provides the solution for the high demands that data centers have always had to meet: optimized cooling and energy efficiency by separating warm and cold air flows. With the Nexpand Corridor, Minkels offers managers and owners of data centers future-proof solutions with the necessary flexibility and modularity to accompany the dynamic development of a modern data center.

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Aisle containment is the solution to the challenges which data centers have been presented with since day one: the optimization of cooling and energy-efficiency through the separation of hot and cold airflows. 

With the Next Generation Corridor and the Free Standing Corridor, Minkels offers data center managers and owners ‘future-proof’ solutions which offer the flexibility and modularity needed to be able to anticipate the dynamic of the modern day data center. Minkels offers the best solution for every situation with the Next Generation Corridor and the Free Standing Corridor. The choice of a certain solution will depend on both the required flexibility and the building structure (existing, renovated or new). 

The main difference between the Free Standing Corridor and the Next Generation Corridor lies in their realization of the expansion of the number of racks. In the case of the Free Standing Corridor, the containment is placed in one go and filled with new racks, racks with a non-standard dimension or racks by other brands as time goes on. In the case of the Next Generation Corridor, an expansion in the number of racks means the expansion or addition of a containment.

The Next Generation Corridor is the ultimate answer to the ever-increasing demand for flexible and modular solutions. In the form of the Next Generation Corridor, Minkels lifts modular thinking and energy-efficient data center design to a higher level. 

Important features of the Next Generation Corridor are:

Through the highly modular concept of the Next Generation Corridor, Minkels offers extensive possibilities to implement a Corridor solution in a phased and thus cost-efficient manner.

Because of its modular design, the Next Generation Corridor is flexible and thus can be adapted to fit the specific building environment. 

Ease of installation
Modularity in the construction details ensure that the solution is easily and cost-efficiently installed.

With the Next Generation Corridor, Minkels offers a solution which is more energy-efficient than other Corridor-models on the market.

Optimal integration
The Next Generation Corridor can be integrated with row-based cooling systems which bring cooling close to the heat source, but also with more traditional forms of cooling which require a raised floor. In addition, this concept offers plug & play integration with e.g. fire detection and suppression systems, monitoring sensors and access control.

When the highest amount of flexibility is required, the Minkels Free Standing Corridor is the most optimal solution. The Free Standing Corridor is a fully self-supporting aisle containment system, with which closed off aisles can be created independent from the IT-racks –which is not usual in the data center market.

 ‘Pay-as-you-grow’ solution
Immediately after implementation, the Free Standing corridor reaches the same energy-efficiency as a regular aisle containment system with IT-racks would. The Free Standing Cold corridor can be used for both cold isle containment and hot isle containment. The system –a modular design consisting only of a carrying construction, wall panels, roof panels and sliding doors- offer corporate and commercial data centers a cost-efficient ‘pay-as-you-grow’ solution in order to create energy-efficiency at low initial investments (CAPEX).

Minimal initial investments
The Free Standing Corridor can be used in combination with an existing infrastructure and already fitted racks, and drastically improves the airtightness and with this the energy-efficiency. The Free Standing Corridor can also be used for a new room where the end user will fill the corridor themselves based on their own demands and requirements, or those of a customer. This allows for a start with a minimal initial investment. Depending on the length of the corridor, racks can be added stepwise while the required airtightness is maintained.

Free standing frame
The free standing frame carries the sliding door systems, roof systems, corridor walls and vertical panels/chimneys, without any support other than the floor onto which the entire construction is installed. The frame consists of two sheet metal rigid door portals at the beginning and end of the construction and modular, plate steel beam sections. The minimum length of the free standing frame is 1800 mm and can be added onto with 600 mm sections. The maximum length of the free standing frame is 26400 mm. You can choose between a light grey (RAL 7047) or black (RAL 9011) Free Standing Corridor. The standard walkways are enclosed by the containment system, and have a width of either 1200 or 1800 m

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