Datanet keeps customers connected with modular UPS systems
Rapid growth in online commerce is driving the Internet hosting market forward and generating consistent growth opportunities for service providers. One company prepared for this trend to continue is Datanet, supplying best-in-class hosting services and Internet connectivity including co-location and dedicated servers using modular UPS systems for its wide range of clients.
In the past decade Datanet has grown rapidly and its new purpose-built data centre infrastructure at Fleet, just 20 miles from London along the M3/M4 corridor. Working in combination with its existing London based data centre operations to form part of its core infrastructure, and allows the company to expand its portfolio of services.
For a company whose clients rely on service continuity, reliable power availability is essential. With this in mind, Datanet needed an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) company who could offer the total power protection, reliability and flexibility it needs to meet its clients’ expectations. Datanet turned to Kohler Uninterruptible Power (KUP) to provide UPS power systems that could facilitate the transition between loss of mains power and the start of its standby generator, ensuring that all clients remain unaffected by any power interruptions.
“KUP came with a very competitive quote and an excellent reputation for support and service.”
“After looking at the PowerWAVE 9000DPA it was clear it offered the best UPS solution. It had the N+1 redundancy we wanted and with its modular UPS technology it provided the flexibility to expand the UPS system in line with our growth.”
When assessing which UPS supplier was best qualified to fulfil the brief, the decision was not an easy one but KUP presented significant advantages, due to its Decentralised Parallel Architecture (DPA) technology and confidence in the company’s UPS service team. Datanet Managing Director Conleth McCallan commented: “We have quite a bit of experience with data centre solutions and uninterruptible power supplies but felt our requirement had grown considerably with the opening of the new site, and it was an opportunity to see if we could be better provided for elsewhere. In our business, we rely on good UPS service providers, just as our clients rely on us, so it’s vitally important we find the best in every area.
“KUP came with a very competitive quote and an excellent reputation for support and service. After looking at the PowerWAVE 9000DPA it was clear it offered the best UPS solution. It had the N+1 redundancy we wanted and with its modular UPS technology it provided the flexibility to expand the UPS system in line with our growth, eliminating unnecessary capital expenditure at the outset and avoiding excessive energy costs.”
The PowerWAVE 9000DPA installed for Datanet offers 100kVA load capacity, comprising three 50kVA modules with N+1 redundancy. The 19-inch rack also has space for two more 50kVA modules to double the UPS capacity, whilst maintaining redundancy. Datanet also has the added power protection of KUP’s WaveWATCH, a remote UPS monitoring service which detects any changes in the load that may affect the UPS power protection, allowing any potential issues to be addressed before a situation occurs. In the unlikely event that an issue does arise, Datanet can take comfort in KUP’s professional technical support with a guaranteed six-hour response time around-the-clock, 365 days a year.
Alan Luscombe, Sales & Marketing Director for KUP said: “The new data centre infrastructure is only phase one of Datanet’s planned growth, which will see two more phases built over the next three years. This will see the current 1000 servers grow to 2000 servers eventually being housed at the new site. With that in mind they needed a UPS power system that could be matched to current loads but with the capacity to meet future requirements. The PowerWAVE 9000DPA is a modular UPS system which means it can be sized to the current load and expanded at any point in the future without increasing its physical footprint, making it ideally suited to fulfil a brief like this. This is a very cost-effective way to plan for growth without wasting money on over-specification or additional air conditioning.”
Discussing why an uninterruptible power supply is so vital to his business Conleth McCallan commented: “We are operating a tier 3 data centre and the UPS power supply is amongst the most important equipment along with the backup generator. Ultra reliable and efficient UPS system is the lifeblood between the power supply and the servers. Online transactions account for a large proportion of our clients’ business so any disruption can have serious short and longer-term consequences – that is a risk we cannot afford to take. Kohler Uninterruptible Power gives us the peace of mind we need, knowing that we’re protected and that professionals are on hand to ensure everything always goes smoothly.”
Formed in 1996, Datanet operates several data centres from where it provides a comprehensive range of hosting and connectivity services to UK businesses. There is also a business continuity facility at its newest data centre infrastructure at Aspen House, Fleet. All are based on Datanet’s highly resilient IP Infrastructure and complemented by its professional and responsive customer support. In 2005, Datanet was announced as Best National Business ISP at the ISPA industry awards, followed by Best Business Broadband in 2007 and 2008. Over the last few years, Datanet has received no less than fourteen nominations for Internet services to business.
“KUP gives us the peace of mind we need, knowing that we’re protected and that professionals are on hand to ensure everything always goes smoothly.”