Power and cooling in today’s dynamic business environments.
Comfort cooling systems such as a building’s HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) were never designed to provide the capacity of cooling required by today’s UPS (uninterruptible power supply) and computer equipment. This is particularly true of server and computer rooms, especially those running high-density servers (such as Blade servers), which require equally high-density power and cooling.
In the case of a UPS system, for example, the batteries (installed to provide back-up power in the event of a mains failure and before generator start up) must be kept at a constant ambient temperature of 20-25 degrees centigrade, otherwise their design life can be halved. Replacing UPS batteries unnecessarily is an expensive mistake running into many £thousands.
We employ engineers experienced in UPS power and cooling systems who will carefully and thoroughly assess customer requirements, issues, applications, environmental factors, usage and cooling objectives. They then use this information to design and specify the best cooling solution for each particular customer.
Your requirement may be as simple as installing a self-contained cooling unit or it may be as complex as designing specialist thermal containment strategies, cold aisle containment, hot aisle/cold aisle layout, in-row cooling, in-rack cooling or computer room cooling. Whatever the issue, you will get the same hands-on, professional service from us – no matter what your budget is. We’ll also take the complexity out by explaining, in simple terms, what we are doing and why, so that you are totally familiar with your cooling solution once we have completed the installation.
Once installed, we can take care of your power and cooling system over the longer term by incorporating it into a maintenance contract to ensure it’s always working and in pristine condition.
And where cooling is concerned, efficiency is key. As much as 40% of the electricity bill for a computer or server room goes on cooling. Part of reducing that figure is about how the cooling system is designed. Part of it is how it is operated (a cold aisle door left open, for example, can waste a vast amount of electricity). We take this into account and implement energy management measures around your power cooling system that will ensure efficient operation.