Networks Europe Issue 19 January/February 2019 - Page 42

42 CASE STUDY Ensuring service By Schneider Electric How the IoT and big data are driving holistic data centre services for London’s playmakers IP House is a specialist supplier colocation data centre services. Located at the edge of London’s financial district and situated next to the Docklands, it’s an independent and privately-owned company, founded in 2016, whose main facility was previously owned by a telecommunications provider. Since its foundation, IP House has refurbished the facility as a Cloud and carrier-neutral data centre with superfast Internet speeds ranging from 10Gb/sec to 100Gb/ sec. The challenge As a colocation provider, whose target customers are in the finance, gaming and managed-services industries, IP House has to adhere to the highest standards of uptime, security and resiliency. It has designed and built the communications, power and cooling infrastructure at its London facility to provide a competitive and customer- focused colocation service. To offer high-end services while remaining price- competitive, the company follows a ‘pay as you grow’ deployment strategy, scaling up when necessary to add infrastructure to satisfy customer demand. The 15,000 sq ft facility has two technical Data Suites, the first of which is now operational, with plans for the second suite to be brought online in the future. Solution approach Understanding IP Houses need for a scalable, resilient and secure data centre solution, APC’s Elite Partner Comtec Power worked with the company to deliver a retrofit and upgrade project at their London facility. Working with Comtec enabled IP House to design and build the data centre to meet the requirements for Tier III classification. The data centre contains industry-leading infrastructure solutions including Schneider Electric’s Symmetra UPS, deployed in an N+1 configuration with 4x 500kVA to deliver rapidly scalable and resilient power options. In addition, IP House selected Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure IT, DMaaS platform for 24/7 advanced monitoring, management and data-driven insights. The company has deployed industry- leading hardware and software products from Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure for Data Centers architecture, which is comprised of three levels; connected products, edge control software, and cloud-based apps/analytics/services. Suite A is comprised of 192 racks, all of which are Schneider Electric’s 48U NetShelter SX enclosures. These are larger than the standard industry size and allow the company to offer higher power densities and more scalability or space for IT equipment to customers. High- density racks maximise the use of available space in the data centre and also facilitate the use of containment