FLEXENCLOSURE REFLEXIONS

Prefabricated Construction or Traditional Build for Ultra-High Performance Data Centres?

28th April 2016

The modern datacentre is a fully integrated machine. Systems that previously simply co-existed under the same roof are now expected to work seamlessly together, and with the growing importance of DCIM ultra fine-tuning of a data centre’s performance is the new norm. At least this is how it should be.  But while the individual components…

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Batteries for Hybrid Off-Grid Power –
Five Key Questions you Should Ask

22nd March 2016

In backup applications for telecom sites in developed markets with stable grids, battery operation is a well-understood topic with expected battery lifetime of more than ten years.  However, for telecom sites in emerging markets with very unstable or no power grids at all, things are not quite so straightforward… In these scenarios, batteries are typically…

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Four Trends for Data Centres in 2016

25th February 2016

The proliferation of smart handsets, constant rollout of new applications and the on-going expansion of mobile networks into previously under- or entirely un-served communities in developing nations is driving exponential data growth that shows no signs of abating any time soon. To cope with this data boom, increasing numbers of new mega data centres are…

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The Importance of Reliable Fuel Monitoring for Hybrid Power Systems

21st January 2016

With generators powering most of the telecom sites in Africa, diesel is the number one factor driving operational cost.  Obvious questions result:  How much diesel is any given site actually consuming?  When is it time to refill?  Is fuel consumption in line with the expected performance of your installed power solution?  Is there an issue…

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The Economics of Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE)

26th November 2015

PUE has been an important metric in the data centre world for some time now.  Companies running data centre facilities typically strive for the lowest PUE they can achieve in order to reduce their operating costs and promote their green environmental credentials.  My colleague, Srikanth Murugan, recently demonstrated how to cut through the marketing hype…

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Five Keys to ICT Project Success in Developing Nations

16th November 2015

With the data boom in parts of Asia and much of Africa continuing to grow exponentially, business opportunities in the ICT sector have never been more exciting.  However, they have probably never been more challenging either, and deployments that would be considered relatively straightforward in much of the western world face more onerous obstacles in the…

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Five Questions You Should Always Ask About PUE

28th October 2015

Developed by The Green Grid, PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness) is a very useful metric for measuring the energy efficiency of a data centre.  PUE is simply calculated by dividing the overall power entering the facility by the power consumed by the IT load within it – the target being to get as close as possible…

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Three Ways to Use Solar Energy for Data Centres

19th August 2015

“Energy efficiency” is undoubtedly a watchword in the data centre industry.  Many ICT companies now have corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes focussed specifically on reducing their data centres’ carbon footprints and every data centre operator wants to be able to promote the fact that their data centre is green. Of course there are a number…

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Top Five Considerations for Successfully Deploying Data Centres in Emerging Markets

3rd August 2015

When traveling across sub-Saharan Africa, commodities that are essential for life – such as water and electricity – are often in very short supply.  But even in the remotest of villages you will regularly encounter plenty of people using mobile phones, and mobile cell towers are continuing to pop up all over the continent at…

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Why Standard Data Centre Designs Don’t Work

9th July 2015

Fast deployment time versus traditional brick and mortar facilities is one of the biggest advantages of prefabricated data centres.  Time can be saved in many areas of a project, however, when it comes to the actual initial design phase, it simply doesn’t pay to take shortcuts. One such shortcut used by many containerised data centre…

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