Jan 13, 2021

Teledata invests £450k to improve data centre resilience

Data Centres
Critical Environments
UPS
Power
Harry Menear
2 min
The Manchester-based data centre operator is investing £450mn into making its Wythenshawe colocation and cloud hosting data centre more resilient
The Manchester-based data centre operator is investing £450k into making its Wythenshawe colocation and cloud hosting data centre more resilient...

UK data centre operator Teledata announced this week that it has invested £450k into improving the resilience of its Wythenshawe data centre.

Specifically, the improvements to the facility include new diesel generators, high capacity UPS backup systems, and facilities management software that can balance electrical load in such a way as to transfer power demand in the event of an outage.  

“As a data centre, it is our job to keep the lights on - no matter what,” commented Teledata director, Matt Edgley. 

“As customer requirements change and the load put upon our facility increases, it’s vital that we expand and improve to meet those demands. Every second of downtime can potentially result in tens of thousands of pounds of financial losses, along with damaging reputational losses, so we’re committed to continuous improvement of our facility to ensure that we’re providing our clients with the most robust and resilient data centre services that the industry can offer.”

Teledata’s Wythenshawe data centre, Delta House (nothing to do with the National Lampoon movie and sitcom spinoff, we’re pretty sure), is located in the Greater Manchester area. 

The 70,000 sq ft site claims to be the UK’s most resilient colocation facility, and is the only facility of its kind in the country to offer 2(N+N) UPS redundancy and an on-site BS5979 control centre.

In December 2020, Teledata was awarded the Data Centre Energy Efficiency Project of the Year Award at the prestigious DCS (Data Centre Solutions) awards, in recognition of its recent smart grid project. 

The smart grid uses advanced battery storage in order to create environmental efficiencies with “low loss transformer and voltage optimisation, boosting the resilience of the facility by improving the shelf life of equipment, while reducing unnecessary energy waste and optimising the incoming power supply,” according to a Teledata spokesperson. 

The new resilience measures will, Teledata is confident, guarantee “zero downtime and complete business continuity for Teledata’s clients”.

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Jun 15, 2021

Sustainability and PUE reduction in data centres

Portacool
Kuul
cooling
Sustainability
2 min
As green data centre design becomes mission critical, rigid evaporative media can be the key to reducing your PUE and increasing your sustainability. 

The data centre industry is at a crossroads. As demand for colocation, hyperscale cloud, and edge solutions continues to rise, operators and enterprises are also facing up to the reality that sustainable design and operating practice are a mission critical component of the modern data centre. Going green is no longer an optional extra.

Data centres are becoming an increasingly critical foundation that underpins the modern world, and the demand for them continues to grow exponentially each year. Data centres must remain in constant operation in order to provide the services for which customers depend on them. 

This mission critical need, combined with the sector-wide push towards reduced energy consumption and carbon footprint throughout the industry, is making the search for innovative evaporative media solutions that keep systems running at peak efficiency an equally mission critical priority.

The two main sources of energy consumption in a modern data centre are its IT equipment and the cooling infrastructure used to keep that equipment cool. A 2017 study found that energy consumption as the direct result of cooling data centre IT equipment can amount to over 40% of the total energy consumption in a facility. From air cooling to liquid and evaporative chillers, data centre operators, finding the right cooling solution for your facility is a top-of-mind goal for any data centre operator. 

Courtesy of Portacool
Courtesy of Portacool

Portacool: keeping it Kuul 

Based in Center, Texas, Portacool is a portable evaporative cooling solutions firm that has been pushing the boundaries of mission critical infrastructure cooling technology since it entered the market in 1990. 

Through constant embodiment of its five brand pillars - Safety & Liability, Total Cost of Ownership, Productivity & Performance, Sustainability & Social Responsibility, and Life & Comfort Enhancing Solutions - Portacool has grown steadily over the past 30 years, continually reinforcing its reputation for industry-leading cooling solutions. 

Portacool’s solutions have been successfully applied throughout the agricultural and horticultural, manufacturing, industrial, business, entertainment, sports, home, and hobby industries - “anywhere cooling is needed and traditional air conditioning is impractical or cost prohibitive.” 

The company’s sub-brand, Kuul, is Portacool’s answer to the growing need for reliable, sustainable cooling solutions in the data centre sector. Portacool manufactures three series of evaporative media – Kuul Control, Kuul Vitality and Kuul Comfort. Kuul Control is used in data centres, power generation and HVAC systems. Kuul Vitality is utilised primarily in the horticulture, poultry and swine industries. Kuul Comfort is exclusively made for usage in Portacool-branded portable evaporative coolers.

Kuul can help data centre operators lower their PUE dramatically, increasing the environmental sustainability of their facilities significantly as a result of its rigid evaporative media solutions. 

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