Monarch builds datacentre for Boeing 787 Dreamliner training

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Monarch builds datacentre for Boeing 787 Dreamliner training

Archana Venkatraman

Monarch Aircraft Engineering has built a datacentre facility at its Luton engineering base to support its Boeing 787 Dreamliner training facility.

The datacentre infrastructure was designed and built by wireless networking and datacentre service provider AIT Partnership Group.

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Monarch Aircraft Engineering provides maintenance, repair and overhaul services for its sister company Monarch Airlines, as well as a number of other airlines. 

It needed a datacentre at its Luton headquarters with high levels of resilience and performance to train pilots for to fly the Boeing Dreamliner aircraft.

The project included designing and installing a three phase electrical supply system and switchgear, raised floor, security and fire suppression.

Particularly challenging was meeting the nonstandard requirements for the avionic IT equipment to be installed, adding a raised floor and the low ceiling height of the existing building, according to AIT.

The service provider also built an N+1 air conditioning system for the facility. N+1, also called parallel redundancy, is a datacentre disaster recovery measure to ensure that uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system is always available. N+1 stands for the number of UPS modules that are required to handle an adequate power supply to the systems (N), plus one more. 

If an enterprise IT uses just one large UPS, then the datacentre operation will be disrupted if that UPS system fails. In an N+1 scheme, multiple small UPS modules and batteries are integrated together to make sure there is adequate supply of power at all times. 

Monarch datacentre’s N+1 air conditioning system further features humidification and network management tools, along with high-efficiency EC fans to avoid overloading the limited building power supply.

Monarch will also use a datacentre infrastructure management (DCIM) system to provide temperature, humidity and air conditioning status monitoring. DCIM tools will help the IT team get insights into the facility’s energy usage, detect water leaks and reduce power waste.

The datacentre is designed to meet the exacting requirements of Boeing 787 Dreamliner training servers and equipment with the flexibility to increase capacity to meet the future needs of Monarch and their clients, according to AIT.

“We engaged with AIT for an efficient and reliable datacentre because of its expertise and datacentre design experience,” said Rainer Kern, group head of IT Operations, Monarch Aircraft Engineering.

The datacentre service provider offers DCIM tools to other airlines including British Airways (BA). 

BA, one of the early adopters of DCIM, wanted a tool that could make server allocation faster and provide instant reporting and real time dashboards of power and cooling capacity. AIT implemented Raritan’s dcTrac DCIM system to help the airline meet its IT requirements at low cost.

 “AIT project managed the design, build and fitting out of our Boeing 787 Dreamliner training facility datacentre from start to finish,” Kern said.

AIT’s other customers include University College London (UCL) Hospitals, Bedford Borough Council and Welsh Water among others.


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