Networks Europe Issue 19 January/February 2019 - Page 44

44 CASE STUDY solutions for efficient cooling operations, both of which result in energy efficiency and ultimately, reduced operating costs. When planning to upgrade the existing data centre, one of IP House’s main priorities was to prepare the facility for scalable, modular growth. Symmetra PX allows backup power to be added in smaller increments of 25kW, up to the maximum 2MW capacity that is envisaged for Data Suite A. Once operational, Suite B will have its own independent plant room with a separate utility feed and an additional 320 racks, bringing the total to 512. The power distribution system in Data Suite A also comprises connected products including transformers, rack PDU’s (power distribution units) and switchgear. The PDUs were chosen in part because they provide intelligent monitoring, outlet switching, tool-free mounting and has the ability to integrate with NetBotz sensors. Edge control ensures advanced management Another key aspect of the facility is Schneider Electric’s StruxureWare for Data Centers, Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) software, which enables the infrastructure equipment to be monitored and managed from a ‘single pane of glass’ while providing seamless integration with the company’s building-management software. IP House makes use of several Schneider Electric software modules and includes Data Center Expert, which monitors alarm notifications and manages the physical infrastructure, reporting on availability, temperature, humidity and airflow to provide instant notification of any faults. In addition, the company uses the StruxureWare for Data Centers, Data Center Operations Colocation Module to map the facilities physical infrastructure, plan future capacity, manage the network and map airflows to ensure sufficient cooling. Other benefits include the ability to model the effects of changes in cooling equipment to the data centre environment and anticipate its potential impact on customers. The final component of IP Houses software solution is Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure IT; the Industry’s first vendor-neutral Datacentre Management as a Service (DMaaS) architecture, purpose-built for the hybrid IT and data centre environments. It provides global visibility from anywhere, at any time on any device and delivers data- driven insights into critical IT assets, which helps customers mitigate risk and reduce downtime. A successful deployment Thanks to its deployment of industry-leading power and UPS systems, high-density racks and DCIM (data centre infrastructure management) software from Schneider Electric, IP House’s new data centre is a highly resilient facility that meets the requirements of a Tier III data centre, as defined by the Uptime Institute. It is therefore ideally equipped to meet the high-availability service demands of the company’s key customers. In addition, the EcoStruxure IT Mobile Insights Application allows updates to be sent to mobile devices at remote locations, allowing the facility to monitored 24/7 by both staff and field by service engineers. Comtec Power remains linked to the IP House facility via the application and has the ability to monitor the same alerts in real-time, providing expert support in the face of downtime or an unplanned event. IP House maintains that the reputation of Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure architecture, coupled with the control and management features of the EcoStruxure IT platform provides a vital advantage when addressing the high- availability market that is its principal target. n