Cardiff University project wins prestigious award for data centre design

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Presentation of the 'Data Centre Solution of The Year’ award
Presentation of the ‘Data Centre Solution of The Year’ award

Schneider Electric has won the ‘Datacentre Solution of The Year’ category at the European IT and Software Excellence Awards, 2017. The award was presented for an upgrade project delivered in conjunction with APC  (Schneider Electric) partner, Comtec Power, for Cardiff University’s High Performance Computing (HPC), Advanced Research Computing at Cardiff (ARCCA) facility.

The University worked with Comtec to design, populate and upgrade its data centre, which utilised components of Schneider Electric’s InfraStruxure (ISX) data centre physical infrastructure solution in addition to high efficiency chillers, and its StruxureWare energy efficiency software module. By providing complete visibility of all power, cooling and IT assets, the upgrade lowered the existing PUE level from 1.8 to 1.2. This in turn halved the University’s electricity bill, saving approximately £125,000 in electricity annually. The solution will provide the key stakeholders with a return on investment (ROI) in less than five years.

Hugh Beedie, chief technology officer for ARCCA and the general IT services department at Cardiff University, commented: “The investment in the energy efficiency module enabled me to prove firstly that the business case for the cooling upgrade was vindicated, and secondly, to fine tune the services operation to achieve the best PUE possible for the mix of climate, HPC server demand and services efficiency. I can now make a change and see whether it has had a positive or negative impact on the energy use of the supporting services.”

“The data centre upgrade at Cardiff University is a perfect example of how well established partnerships and integrated technologies can work seamlessly to deliver an excellent return on investment (ROI) for the end-user,” said Nick Claxson, managing director, Comtec Power.

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