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case study A Touch Of Pink Ever seen a pink data centre container? No, neither have we. This quirky creation is brought to us by Zenium and Eaton, who joined forces to build a scalable, reliable, and energy efficient data centre for Zenium’s customers. I n 2016, Zenium began construction of a 4,300sqm site – dubbed London One. A purpose-built state-of-the-art facility, offering high specification technical space across two floors, in Slough, one of the premier sites for data centres in the UK. Zenium’s goal was threefold: To engineer a fully redundant power system designed to Uptime Institute Tier 3 guidelines; to create scalable data halls to meet customer requirements; and to achieve unprecedented levels of energy efficiency. These goals required a sophisticated power distribution and backup power system. 16 | October 2017 Backup Zenium turned to Eaton to advise on providing the backup power system. Zenium’s principal engineer, Mike Venables, explained, “Eaton served as a major project collaborator that listened to our challenges and proactively responded with solutions catered to our needs.” To speed up the construction, Eaton came up with a graceful solution to prefabricate and containerise medium voltage power distribution units for outdoor installation. These had the advantage of fast deployment, as well as low total cost of ownership and would enable Zenium to add more units as its data centre grows. The containerised units were designed to work with Zenium’s incoming A and B power sources and facilitated connection with multiple emergency generators. The factory-designed and integrated units arrived fully system-tested, requiring minimal assembly on-site and also contributed to on-site safety and effective operation. An example of this is that the containers arrived factory- painted to conform to Zenium’s colour-coded site that sees all electrical system equipment