APT DELIVERS DATA CENTRE IN A DAT TO SPITFIRE NETWORKS
Spitfire Networks worked with Advanced Power Technology (APT), an award winning Elite Partner to Schneider Electric to design and build the company’s Core Network Node. “We worked with APT,” says Graham Lewis, Director of IP Engineering, “Because they demonstrated experience and proven expertise with Schneider Electric’s hardware and software solutions for data centres.” “By specifying a system from a single vendor we knew we could avoid the potential pitfalls of ‘best of breed’ integrations.
“We worked with APT because they demonstrated experience and proven expertise with Schneider Electric’s hardware and software solutions for data centres.”
Graham Lewis, Director of IP Engineering Spitfire
We liked the fact that Schneider Electric’s solution – racks, power protection and distribution, cooling, security and management software had all been designed to work together. “We knew from visiting other data centres that hot aisle containment (HACS) would be an effective way to cool equipment with variable power density. In addition to eliminating the need for a raised floor environment, it would also reduce ongoing operating expenses through the efficiency of the cooling system. We wanted to ensure we minimised cost whilst providing cooling levels appropriate to the IT load and eliminating risk of hot spots.” Spitfire Networks use Netbotz hardware and software for monitoring equipment and the environment within the Core Network Node and the generator room. Working as a form of BMS, Netbotz ensures the operation of the generator, fire suppression and switch gear. In addition, the company is using StruxureWare Data Center Expert for facility operations.
“The StruxureWare software has brought a lot of transparency to our energy costs, which we never had before. It has helped us in the choices we make, for example, in the selection of servers for certain applications. We’ve been quite surprised at the big difference between the quoted nameplate information and the actual power consumption we’ve experienced with some of the IT.”
“We’ve also used StruxureWare to fine tune the InRow cooling. We realise that energy costs are only going in one direction. Right now we have an efficient facility, and our use of software has helped to justify all the choices we have made regarding the use of APC Infrastruxure and HACS.” Based in London, Spitfire opened for business in 1988 and today provides telecommunications services and internet solutions to a wide range of small and medium sized business customers.
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