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Data centre protection and increased efficiency

11 April 2016

With existing air conditioning plant under-performing, a major West Country telecommunications company experienced further concern due to a planned data centre expansion.

The solution to these issues was provided by a short-term equipment hire, which prevented shutdown of the key data centre resource while also boosting efficiency and capacity of the existing air conditioning plant.

This was provided by Andrews Chiller Hire, part o the Andrews Sykes Group, and enabled the company to carry out its extension of the data centre.

Correctly-regulated temperature is essential for buildings with large data banks and sensitive electronic equipment.

Temperature rises can lead to increases in humidity, creating electrostatic discharge which is detrimental to safe and secure computer performance.

The outcome is potential total loss or corruption to data with major cost implications.

Air conditioner failure was not an option for the telecommunications company, which led to maintenance engineers contacting Andrews Chiller Hire, which has extensive experience in providing rapid response to this type of request.

The company's Bristol depot was able to promptly deliver a solution to support the existing plant as ambient temperatures rose.

This involved the temporary installation of a 100kW chiller connected to three 30kW air handling units (AHUs).

Andrews also provided a contingency plan to upgrade to a 200kW chiller to be commissioned along with additional AHUs.

With the 100kW chiller externally positioned close to the main building, the AHUs were carefully positioned to create corridors of cool air to support the additional data banks.

Once the client's main air conditioning plant had been upgraded, Andrews engineers removed the temporary chiller and equipment.

After careful inspection, these were returned to the Bristol depot for use in other emergency situations in the future.

The company has a selection of modern air-cooled fluid chillers with capacities from 6kW to more than 750kW and single air-handlers capable of delivering up to 600kW.

Andrews has 25 depots around the UK to provide rapid response to all requests.

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