Eastbourne College Expects Storage ROI Inside Five Years

Feb 18, 2015

Eastbourne College says data centre improvements supplied by power management firm Eaton is going to pay for itself within five years, thanks to its comparatively modest running costs.

The project involved the deployment of a raised floor in the new data centre, with Eaton providing all design and project management services as well as teh supply and installtion of of two 15 kVA three-phase uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs), four Delt Rack Systems (DRS) with accommodation for 96 servers and power distribution units for each rack. 

That's all needed to support the College's intranet system that serves around 1,200 users, spread over two sites; until recently, this service was supported by servers in three small data centres, all of which were far from ideal in terms of operating environment. So a decision was taken to build a new data centre that would provide a carefully controlled environment as well as allow all of the school’s servers to share the same location.

In addition, the new data centre would be designed to allow for easy and inexpensive future expansion. 

The UPS units are configured to give an N+1 solution to provide a very high level of power protection at an affordable price. Also they are designed for a runtime of 15 minutes in the event of a power failure, which is long enough to allow the servers to be shut down in a controlled way, eliminating the risk of data loss or corruption, claim the partners, while a new CRAC air conditioning system in the new server room features traditional under-floor airflow and overhead return flow to deliver 15 kW of cooling at 24 ºC ambient temperature.

Under most conditions, this system provides ‘free’ cooling, relying on forced ventilation alone, an arrangement that delivers big energy and cost savings. Refrigerated cooling is also available when required. 

“This is a very important project for the school,” said Ray Allen, Information Systems Manager at the College, “and we’re delighted with the outcome."

Eastbourne is a leading East Sussex-based boarding and day school for pupils aged 13 to 18.

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