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Data Centre Design

Sudlows consider key project drivers such as energy efficiency, space, location, resilience, tier modelling and budgetary limitations at every stage of the design and consultancy process. We listen to your individual requirements and liaise with utility companies to bring together the most cost-effective and appropriate solution.

To clearly identify the immediate requirements of your new data centre build or upgrade, we create a technical design brief with clients, which takes into account potential future needs.

Dedication to your data centre is just one reason why we are the data centre provider of choice. By placing you at the core of our business we can develop an accurate understanding of your precise needs.

Our unique combination of knowledge enables our data centre team to offer the newest technologies at the highest standard and availability.

High level data centre associations with leading global manufacturers such as Riello, Rittal, Brand-Rex and Fujitsu actively support our involvement in the integration of energy efficient and environmentally sustainable technologies.

In association with our manufacturing partners our consultants invest considerable time to research, develop and evaluate newly emerging data centre products. This promotes our technological focus within the critical power industry and offers exclusive opportunities to trial new products as they appear on the data centre market.

As members of The Green Grid consortium and endorsers of The EU Code of Conduct for Energy Efficient Data Centres, we are ideally positioned to advise, recommend and support our clients on current environmental issues. By incorporating the most suitable products for your data centre, Sudlows remains one step ahead of other data centre companies.

Embracing the latest technologies within the data centre will improve overall performance, reduce carbon emissions and ensure that the facility is truly ’fit for purpose’.

Some of our latest designs incorporate innovative Flywheel Technology and High Density cooling cabinets.

Sudlows CAD specialists use the latest 3D modelling software for the opportunity to demonstrate each client’s data centre potential prior to construction. This quickly and precisely develops a physical model of your facility according to the initial brief and gives the opportunity for additional modifications.

Early visualisation of technical designs means that all clients can envisage any scope for further expansion and benefit from best fit facilities.

Even if you data centre plans change direction, our CAD designers will ensure your facility remains responsive to your requirements.

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is an advanced engineering tool for the analysis of cooling architecture, allowing our designers to optimise your data centre to achieve the smallest carbon footprint, demonstrate immediate cost savings, maximise energy efficiency and PUE, all without compromise.

By providing a proof of concept for all cooling technologies early in the design phase, our CFD capability allows us to communicate detailed technical considerations easily to all stakeholders.

As your data centre populates, CFD provides you with the information required to expand intelligently, determining the best location to place high density IT loads, as well as most efficient running conditions at part-load. This ensures your facility has the lowest PUE no matter the current utilisation. Download our CFD whitepaper to learn of further benefits of CFD enhanced design.

Flywheel UPS Technology is a highly efficient short-term energy storage system that uses kinetic energy as an alternative option to battery operated systems. On full load this newly developed technology can achieve up to 98% efficiency and save considerable amount of data centre space.

Flywheel Technology is an alternative to traditional systems, but is not right for every data centre and so its application should be assessed against the expected IT load, initial project budget and desired performance criteria.

Sudlows data centre consultants are experienced in all areas of technology assessment, installation and integration and will use this technology only for optimum system design.

Combined Heat and Power (CHP), also known as co-generation, is one of the most sustainable processes for sourcing energy, which is primarily based on an eco-friendly fuel driven engine. It uses the same amount of energy as conventional generator systems in a much more effective and resourceful way.

CHP technology captures waste heat from electrical generation to be used for hot water and space heating. This type of energy generation is most appropriate in buildings with large electrical or thermal demand, particularly for multiple user locations such as city centre, industrial or built up environments.

Our data centre consultants at Sudlows have exceptional knowledge and experience of all power and cooling technologies and can perform a critical facility assessment for independent recommendations and advice.

Trigeneration is an extension of CHP technology and is the production of three types of energy; electricity, heat and chilled water.

This process recovers excess waste heat generated by CHP and, using a heat-driven process, produces efficient cooling power. The excess heat operates an absorption and absorbtion chiller linked to a CHP unit to provide one of the most environmentally-friendly options for air-conditioning.

Trigeneration has particular suitability toward data centre applications since it reduces high levels of power consumption in the data centre.

Speak to our data centre cooling specialist for more information about using this technology in your data centre.

Sudlows drive forward renewable energy developments within the data centre industry as active members of The Green Grid and EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres.

We encourage data centre energy efficiency and focus our research on the latest developments in sustainability to keep ahead of new technological trends.

Our knowledge of renewable energy generation systems means that if a site becomes available, we will assist in designing a suitable solution.

If you are interested in operating more ecological alternatives for solar, wind or water powered data centres we will conduct feasibility studies to assess your energy demands and determine your new data centre design.

Free Cooling is a viable option for the majority of UK locations and is a technology that can provide high sustainability benefits for your facility.

When temperature and humidity levels are favourable, air and water economisers can use up to 100% of outside ambient air temperatures to help meet specific data centre requirements.

Free Cooling lowers the level of energy required for precision cooling, subsequently reducing demand placed on CRAC (Computer Room Air Conditioning) units and chilled water systems.

Arrange a data centre audit with our consultants to provide a critical assessment of your cooling recommendations and location.

Hydrogen fuel cells offer another alternative to UPS units providing an environmentally friendly solution to standby power.

Fuel cell technology is a highly reliable and secure method of generating power, only relying on a constant supply of fuel for effective conversion to electricity.

Our data centre consultants assess your requirements and consider vital fuel cell factors such as system cost, complexity, fuel options (such as hydrogen) for the successful application to your environment.

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Head of Servers, Storage and Desktop Services at The Co-operative Group, said of the project: “Sudlows continue to impress both myself and the rest of The Co-operative Project Team with their technical knowledge and service delivery”

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