Author Archives: Rob Roberts

Calculating Heat Loads and Server Room Cooling Requirements

Server Room Split Air Conditioners

Very often IT closets, computer and server rooms are overlooked when it comes to cooling and environment monitoring and yet they can experience rapid heat build-up. One of the biggest issues is deciding how to calculate the actual cooling requirements and then how best to deliver this into the relatively small and confined spaces. Recommended […]

Datacentre UPS Batteries and Energy Storage Systems

Lithium Ion Single Phase UPS

Ever since the UK Government introduce the feed-in-tariff (FIT) for solar PV and wind turbine installations, one of the biggest challenges has been how to store the generated energy for later use. Lead acid batteries have limited capabilities when it comes to frequent energy storage and discharge cycles and are more suited to standby power […]

How Severe Is A Critical Power Outage For A Datacentre?

Substation Critical Power Outage

A power outage is a break in the mains power supply which can last from milliseconds to minutes or even hours. In recent years the number of power outages recorded within Western Europe has increased. Momentary breaks in the electrical supply are increasing due to more severe and disruptive weather conditions, the switching of substations […]

Best Practice For Cooling Server Room and Datacentre Racks

Server Room Cooling Solutions

Many computer room and server closets start out with a single server and quickly grow as more capacity is added. New servers and routers are typically added to an existing server racks or new rack cabinets brought into the facility to extend the capabilities. This can also happen within existing server rooms and datacentres. Sometimes […]

How to Design a Secure and Resilient Server Room Power Supply

Server Rack Power Supply Design

Power supply design is one of the key decisions that must be taken whenever building a new server room or refurbishing and existing one. There are several elements to consider even for a single stack rack cabinet if you are to ensure that your server installation can run through power outages. When we refer to […]

What Is the Best Server Room Layout Design?

Server Room Design Floor Layout

Our projects engineers come across many types of IT closets and computer room installations and are given the task of turning these into best practice server rooms. Many of these rooms start out with the best of intentions with equipment added sporadically to support new services and growth within an organisation. So how do we […]

The Rise of Modular and Containerised Datacentres

Bespoke Modular Data Centres

The idea of using a shipping container to house a datacentre may not convey the same image as a ‘bricks and mortar’ building but is a very practical alternative. Prefabricated containers are the infrastructure backbone of many leading hyperscale cloud-serving organisations so why would you not consider this for your own on-site datacentre facility? The […]

Selecting an Uninterruptible Power Supply for Your Server Room

Rack Mount Uninterruptible Power Supply

There are two fundamentals to cover when designing server room in terms of critical infrastructure. The first is cooling and the sizing of an air conditioning system to remove heat generated by the servers and provide a suitable working ambient. The second is the choice and sizing of a suitable uninterruptible power supply. UPS Systems […]

The Role of Micro Data Centres in 5G Wireless Applications

Micro Data Centres for 5G Applications

Cisco predicts a tripling of digital traffic over the next five years, led by developments in Edge computing and the deployment of 5G wireless technologies. For data processing at the Edge, new types of datacentre are being developed including Micro Data Centres (MDCs) which will also play a role in 5G wireless connectivity. Micro Data […]

When Is The Right Time To Refurbish Your Datacentre?

Server Room and Datacentre Refurbishment Projects

For many organisations, there is no right time to refurbish their server room or datacentre environments. In use 24/7 means that any refresh whether of a critical system or the entire facility is going to result in a period of downtime. However, most facilities are designed with a set working lifetime of 10-15 years and […]

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