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April 28, 2015

Cambridge University revamps data centre with Emerson

University will control multiple data centre environments remotely, save energy costs and low carbon emissions.


Emerson will work with Cambridge University to help the institution manage its data centre hubs that currently use more than 200 independently managed server rooms across 120 departments.

The servers host large quantities of data originated by students and staff while carrying researches, but also internal records and financial information.

Power needs at the University are also key for research teams in need of high-performance computing.

The institution will build a coexisting central data storage hub to improve service efficiency, tackle its high-energy consumption, and rationalise server rooms.

The University will use a range of Emerson Network Power solutions, including high power modular Trinergy uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), coupled with a Premier Warranty service contract and LIFE remote diagnostic and preventive monitoring services.

It will also deploy racks, MPH2 rack power distribution units (PDU), and Trellis platform, a data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) system that provides real-time insights into power, thermal management and IT equipment.

The new data centre hub will be split into three separate halls, with approximately 300 racks, supported by both redundant UPS and generators.

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Ian Tasker, data centre manager at the University of Cambridge said: "By upgrading our data centre infrastructure, we expect to reduce our carbon footprint by 30 percent and our IT energy costs by as much as 40 percent.

"This equates to a considerable reduction in our Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE), which currently spans from 1.7 to 3, lowering it to 1.2 and below."

Lal Karsanbhai, president, Emerson Network Power Europe said: "As data volumes increase across the world, data centre managers need to adapt their facilities to stay competitive, and for the University of Cambridge, this was no exception.

"We tailored our approach to fit Cambridge’s changing IT infrastructure needs and implemented a solution that could be installed directly into the University’s existing data centre ecosystem.

"This will allow the University to reduce its number of server rooms and improve visibility across its operations. Our leading-edge products and services, combined with the insights and analytics from the Trellis platform, will also enhance the system’s availability while significantly reducing energy consumption."

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