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December 11, 2015

Irish telco spends big on power protection

News: Telco eir gets 2N redundancy system to keep services running.

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Businesses worldwide are bolstering their data centre uptime by installing UPS systems to future-proof their services.

In Ireland, telco eir has invested €573,000 in its data centre outside Dublin to deploy power protection equipment to get resilience and flexibility for services such as telephone, TV, customer care and business.

The company tasked Pure Power Systems, the Irish distributor of Riello UPS, with deploying backup power requirements in the Blanchardstown, Fingal, data centre. It will provide 850 kW of IT load.

The project included eight Riello Master High Efficiency 400 kVA standalone units configured in a ‘2N’ system with four UPS’ on each side. It also included five strings of batteries per UPS, with a total of 1,680 batteries.

The endeavour was part of a €6.7m project by eire which is consolidating five operational and enterprise data centres into two.

Owen Wynne, contracts manager at eir, said: "This data centre was about future readying ourselves to allow for the company’s growth over the next five or six years. Resilient power was a key driver for this project – even though we built two power plants, they’re only as good as the UPS protecting them."

Ian Jackson, MD of Pure Power Systems, said: "The three major driving factors in this project were to ensure resiliency, efficiency and maintainability, whilst we had a very small footprint to work with in respect of the room layout of both the UPS and batteries."

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