Giants like Google, Facebook and Microsoft can afford to build and run their own data centers, but for the vast majority of businesses it makes more sense to rent server capacity from so-called colocation providers. These providers increasingly choose for 100% sustainable energy, so that their substantial power draw is not detrimental to the environment. This was also the case for a Scandinavian colocation provider for which we recently constructed an emergency power supply in Stockholm.
This was an important project, because no server works without power; not a byte of data would be processed. This makes emergency power facilities an integral part of the infrastructure, because if the primary system fails for whatever reason, it should not affect the uptime. It follows that any expansion of an existing data center requires a simultaneous upgrade of its emergency power supply.
The project was completed in mid July after an extensive period of preparation. “The four 2500KVA generatorsets with 11 KV alternators were initially assembled and tested at our Dutch location,” says Remko Sunnotel, Commercial Director of ESC. Everything was then carefully disassembled and shipped in containers to the customer in Stockholm. There, four colleagues spent the next two weeks reassembling the setup on premise. Due to space limitations at this data center, we choose to stack the generatorsets as opposed to using the ‘conventional’ parallel configuration. Due to this design and the work ‘preparation’ in the Netherlands, the customer benefited from a short and efficient delivery process.”
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