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emergency backup Don’t Risk It Data centre energy consumption is predicted to sky-rocket over the next 10 years. With such critical and high-risk information at stake, downtime is not an option. Alan Scrafton, head of marketing for Adler & Allan, discusses the essential emergency backup generators needed to keep data centres fully operational and how those responsible can ensure assets and fuel are ready for action. M ost people will never give data centres a second thought – until something goes wrong, that is. From the daily internet browsing that has become part of 21st century life, to protecting valuable information and ensuring the smooth running of infrastructure and business, data centres play a pretty crucial role when it comes to ‘business as usual’ on a national and global level. Data centre demand is on an upwards trajectory, with a 2015 report* predicting that the amount of space and power consumed by European data centres would increase by 20 per cent before 2020. The UK market, particularly London, is a key player, representing around 44 per cent of the total across the major European Markets. 34 | July 2017 With rapid increases in data centre energy consumption concentrated in areas such as the M25 corridor, future energy demand in these areas is bound to put electrical infrastructure to the test, presenting a future challenge that data centres need to prepare for now. For this reason, it’s essential to keep emergency backup generators fully operational – assets maintained, fuel in good working order and contingency plans in place. ‘Future energy demand is bound to put electrical infrastructure to the test, presenting a future challenge Flood Mitigation that data centres need Apart from power supply issues, environmental disasters are an to prepare for increasingly real threat, with flood damage being of particular concern now.’ to data centres. Whether you think your site is ‘at risk’ or not, flood mitigation should be a standard part of preventative maintenance. A suitable Flood Risk Assessment will det \Z[H[B[X[\[[H]\K[[[H][\X]B۝[[H[]X[ۂ[HZ[]ZXHZ[[Z\B[XYH]\Y[\ۛY[ \][\]][ۋ\\[܈\\\Y[K[]H[\[]\]H\ܝZ\X\\[HXHو[XY[[Hۜ\]Y[\܈Bܙ[\][ۜ[[]YX[[Z[›ۈH]H[\\X\›Y[[ۈH]H[HݚY\][]\\]ܝ][˜X]\\HXZ[[[HBHوH[O