Giants such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft usually build and operate their own data centers, but for the vast majority of businesses, it makes more sense to rent a server from a so-called colocation provider. These providers are increasingly opting 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 without power not a byte of data can be processed. Emergency power facilities are an integral part of the infrastructure of data centers because if the primary system fails for whatever reason, it must not affect the uptime. Any expansion of an existing data center requires a simultaneous upgrade of its emergency power supply.
The project was completed mid-July after an extensive period of preparation. “The four 2500 KVA generator sets with 11 KV alternators were initially assembled and tested at our Dutch location,” says Remko Sunnotel, Commercial Director of Energy Solutions Center. “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. Due to the space limitations at this data center, we chose to stack the generator sets instead of the more conventional parallel configuration. Thanks to this design and the preparatory work done in the Netherlands, the customer benefitted from a short and efficient delivery process.”