Testing & Commissioning

Data Centre Testing and Commissioning Services

Our highly qualified, independent data centre testing and commissioning team provide an extensive range of services tailored towards modern data centre environments – all of which start with the accurate planning of a commissioning programme. Our testing teams instinctively understand the interactions of critical and data centre systems and the dependencies which exist between the two. We recognise that considering these points early on in a project minimises the impact on the overall Testing and Commissioning programme.

Data Centre Testing and Commissioning Process

Sudlows can fully undertake data centre commissioning on your behalf and we are also able to witness systems and sign them off as completed. Within an existing facility, our team will further assess and plan the commissioning in order to minimise risk and ensure continuity to live services.

Comprehensive commissioning planning and management begins as early as the facility’s conceptual design phase to minimise dependencies and mitigate risk and will often continue throughout the delivery of the project.

Our approach ensures that the various elements of the infrastructure all work together effectively and efficiently, resulting in a coordinated system rather than distinct components.

Following on from the systems commissioning stage, our independent Testing and Commissioning teams can provide extensive and industry-leading Systems Acceptance Testing (SAT) and Integrated Systems Testing (IST) including a clear and detailed sequence and programme.

The SATs first verify that the equipment has been installed correctly; as designed and in-line with the manufacturer’s recommendations. They then test performance and capacity within both the design load and, if applicable, any acceptable overload condition.

The IST then tests the data centre as a full and complete system and is the ideal opportunity to ensure that everything is operating correctly before being handed over to the client. The IST will push the data centre to its design limits in terms of capacity, maintainability, and fault tolerance. If the facility is designed to tolerate a generator failing to start we will simulate this, likewise, if the chillers are designed to be maintained live, we will demonstrate it. Ultimately, the IST is the foundation for future confidence, ensuring the facility will operate as intended even when pushed to the limit.

Our team of Commissioning Engineers will plan, undertake, and record testing independently from the Project Delivery teams. Alternatively, the Sudlows engineers can act as your representative or independent witness where testing is being coordinated and demonstrated by others.

Advanced Load Integrated Systems Test (A:LIST)

Designed to fill the gap in data centre final stage IST programmes, the A:LIST is a bespoke solution, created by Sudlows, offering highly detailed and accurate load simulation.

The A:LIST is capable of testing up to 18kW of power density across each module with unique flexibility to rapidly simulate part and full IT load. What distinguishes the A:LIST from traditional heat banks is its ability to provide a realistic simulation of the power and thermal characteristics of dual fed IT. This comprehensive power testing capacity can be individually scaled up and down and can be used to demonstrate the real-life performance of the most resilient designs, up to and including Uptime Institute Tier IV and BS EN50600 Class 4.

The A:LIST is an integral part of Sudlows’ IST programme and offers highly accurate heat load testing that is available as part of Sudlows’ testing services, on a scalable basis, to test both small and large data centre facilities.

  • Systems Acceptance Testing (SAT)
  • Integrated Systems Testing (IST)
  • Switching and Simulation
  • Monitor, Record and Report
  • Test Script Development
  • Programme Sequencing
  • Dependency Management
  • Witnessing & Supervision
  • Comprehensive Reporting

Case Study

Client | Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University is one of the largest universities in the East of England with around 30,000 students. In 2010 the University proposed new plans to build a new data centre as part of a 5 year IT strategy that would increase their outstanding reputation for innovation and achievement.
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Data Centre Testing and Commissioning Process

Sudlows can fully undertake data centre commissioning on your behalf and we are also able to witness systems and sign them off as completed. Within an existing facility, our team will further assess and plan the commissioning in order to minimise risk and ensure continuity to live services.

Comprehensive commissioning planning and management begins as early as the facility’s conceptual design phase to minimise dependencies and mitigate risk and will often continue throughout the delivery of the project.

Our approach ensures that the various elements of the infrastructure all work together effectively and efficiently, resulting in a coordinated system rather than distinct components.

Following on from the systems commissioning stage, our independent Testing and Commissioning teams can provide extensive and industry-leading Systems Acceptance Testing (SAT) and Integrated Systems Testing (IST) including a clear and detailed sequence and programme.

The SATs first verify that the equipment has been installed correctly; as designed and in-line with the manufacturer’s recommendations. They then test performance and capacity within both the design load and, if applicable, any acceptable overload condition.

The IST then tests the data centre as a full and complete system and is the ideal opportunity to ensure that everything is operating correctly before being handed over to the client. The IST will push the data centre to its design limits in terms of capacity, maintainability, and fault tolerance. If the facility is designed to tolerate a generator failing to start we will simulate this, likewise, if the chillers are designed to be maintained live, we will demonstrate it. Ultimately, the IST is the foundation for future confidence, ensuring the facility will operate as intended even when pushed to the limit.

Our team of Commissioning Engineers will plan, undertake, and record testing independently from the Project Delivery teams. Alternatively, the Sudlows engineers can act as your representative or independent witness where testing is being coordinated and demonstrated by others.

Advanced Load Integrated Systems Test (A:LIST)

Designed to fill the gap in data centre final stage IST programmes, the A:LIST is a bespoke solution, created by Sudlows, offering highly detailed and accurate load simulation.

The A:LIST is capable of testing up to 18kW of power density across each module with unique flexibility to rapidly simulate part and full IT load. What distinguishes the A:LIST from traditional heat banks is its ability to provide a realistic simulation of the power and thermal characteristics of dual fed IT. This comprehensive power testing capacity can be individually scaled up and down and can be used to demonstrate the real-life performance of the most resilient designs, up to and including Uptime Institute Tier IV and BS EN50600 Class 4.

The A:LIST is an integral part of Sudlows’ IST programme and offers highly accurate heat load testing that is available as part of Sudlows’ testing services, on a scalable basis, to test both small and large data centre facilities.

  • Systems Acceptance Testing (SAT)
  • Integrated Systems Testing (IST)
  • Switching and Simulation
  • Monitor, Record and Report
  • Test Script Development
  • Programme Sequencing
  • Dependency Management
  • Witnessing & Supervision
  • Comprehensive Reporting

Case Study

Client | Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University is one of the largest universities in the East of England with around 30,000 students. In 2010 the University proposed new plans to build a new data centre as part of a 5 year IT strategy that would increase their outstanding reputation for innovation and achievement.
View full case study View all case studies

Data Centre Testing and Commissioning Process

Sudlows can fully undertake data centre commissioning on your behalf and we are also able to witness systems and sign them off as completed. Within an existing facility, our team will further assess and plan the commissioning in order to minimise risk and ensure continuity to live services.

Comprehensive commissioning planning and management begins as early as the facility’s conceptual design phase to minimise dependencies and mitigate risk and will often continue throughout the delivery of the project.

Our approach ensures that the various elements of the infrastructure all work together effectively and efficiently, resulting in a coordinated system rather than distinct components.

Following on from the systems commissioning stage, our independent Testing and Commissioning teams can provide extensive and industry-leading Systems Acceptance Testing (SAT) and Integrated Systems Testing (IST) including a clear and detailed sequence and programme.

The SATs first verify that the equipment has been installed correctly; as designed and in-line with the manufacturer’s recommendations. They then test performance and capacity within both the design load and, if applicable, any acceptable overload condition.

The IST then tests the data centre as a full and complete system and is the ideal opportunity to ensure that everything is operating correctly before being handed over to the client. The IST will push the data centre to its design limits in terms of capacity, maintainability, and fault tolerance. If the facility is designed to tolerate a generator failing to start we will simulate this, likewise, if the chillers are designed to be maintained live, we will demonstrate it. Ultimately, the IST is the foundation for future confidence, ensuring the facility will operate as intended even when pushed to the limit.

Our team of Commissioning Engineers will plan, undertake, and record testing independently from the Project Delivery teams. Alternatively, the Sudlows engineers can act as your representative or independent witness where testing is being coordinated and demonstrated by others.

Advanced Load Integrated Systems Test (A:LIST)

Designed to fill the gap in data centre final stage IST programmes, the A:LIST is a bespoke solution, created by Sudlows, offering highly detailed and accurate load simulation.

The A:LIST is capable of testing up to 18kW of power density across each module with unique flexibility to rapidly simulate part and full IT load. What distinguishes the A:LIST from traditional heat banks is its ability to provide a realistic simulation of the power and thermal characteristics of dual fed IT. This comprehensive power testing capacity can be individually scaled up and down and can be used to demonstrate the real-life performance of the most resilient designs, up to and including Uptime Institute Tier IV and BS EN50600 Class 4.

The A:LIST is an integral part of Sudlows’ IST programme and offers highly accurate heat load testing that is available as part of Sudlows’ testing services, on a scalable basis, to test both small and large data centre facilities.

  • Systems Acceptance Testing (SAT)
  • Integrated Systems Testing (IST)
  • Switching and Simulation
  • Monitor, Record and Report
  • Test Script Development
  • Programme Sequencing
  • Dependency Management
  • Witnessing & Supervision
  • Comprehensive Reporting

Case Study

Client | Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University is one of the largest universities in the East of England with around 30,000 students. In 2010 the University proposed new plans to build a new data centre as part of a 5 year IT strategy that would increase their outstanding reputation for innovation and achievement.
View full case study View all case studies

Data Centre Testing and Commissioning Process

Sudlows can fully undertake data centre commissioning on your behalf and we are also able to witness systems and sign them off as completed. Within an existing facility, our team will further assess and plan the commissioning in order to minimise risk and ensure continuity to live services.

Comprehensive commissioning planning and management begins as early as the facility’s conceptual design phase to minimise dependencies and mitigate risk and will often continue throughout the delivery of the project.

Our approach ensures that the various elements of the infrastructure all work together effectively and efficiently, resulting in a coordinated system rather than distinct components.

Following on from the systems commissioning stage, our independent Testing and Commissioning teams can provide extensive and industry-leading Systems Acceptance Testing (SAT) and Integrated Systems Testing (IST) including a clear and detailed sequence and programme.

The SATs first verify that the equipment has been installed correctly; as designed and in-line with the manufacturer’s recommendations. They then test performance and capacity within both the design load and, if applicable, any acceptable overload condition.

The IST then tests the data centre as a full and complete system and is the ideal opportunity to ensure that everything is operating correctly before being handed over to the client. The IST will push the data centre to its design limits in terms of capacity, maintainability, and fault tolerance. If the facility is designed to tolerate a generator failing to start we will simulate this, likewise, if the chillers are designed to be maintained live, we will demonstrate it. Ultimately, the IST is the foundation for future confidence, ensuring the facility will operate as intended even when pushed to the limit.

Our team of Commissioning Engineers will plan, undertake, and record testing independently from the Project Delivery teams. Alternatively, the Sudlows engineers can act as your representative or independent witness where testing is being coordinated and demonstrated by others.

Advanced Load Integrated Systems Test (A:LIST)

Designed to fill the gap in data centre final stage IST programmes, the A:LIST is a bespoke solution, created by Sudlows, offering highly detailed and accurate load simulation.

The A:LIST is capable of testing up to 18kW of power density across each module with unique flexibility to rapidly simulate part and full IT load. What distinguishes the A:LIST from traditional heat banks is its ability to provide a realistic simulation of the power and thermal characteristics of dual fed IT. This comprehensive power testing capacity can be individually scaled up and down and can be used to demonstrate the real-life performance of the most resilient designs, up to and including Uptime Institute Tier IV and BS EN50600 Class 4.

The A:LIST is an integral part of Sudlows’ IST programme and offers highly accurate heat load testing that is available as part of Sudlows’ testing services, on a scalable basis, to test both small and large data centre facilities.

  • Systems Acceptance Testing (SAT)
  • Integrated Systems Testing (IST)
  • Switching and Simulation
  • Monitor, Record and Report
  • Test Script Development
  • Programme Sequencing
  • Dependency Management
  • Witnessing & Supervision
  • Comprehensive Reporting

Case Study

Client | Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University is one of the largest universities in the East of England with around 30,000 students. In 2010 the University proposed new plans to build a new data centre as part of a 5 year IT strategy that would increase their outstanding reputation for innovation and achievement.
View full case study View all case studies
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