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without incident. Addison Lee’s average response time is reportedly just 10 minutes for account customers in central London.


Fully dependable service


Ewing comments that, in such a busy market where competition is intense, service must be fully dependable. However, says Ewing, the company had suffered with power outages and unreliable cooling supply and the need for a new data centre became essential. Addison Lee required a highly resilient and redundant facility for assured IT services and data centre availability. APC’s InfraStruxure solution was used in both projects; it provides an adaptable and pay- as-you-grow approach for almost any requirement – from a couple of racks to a mega data centre.


“The new Addison Lee data centre is the first stage of a major development,” said Ewing. “It provides scalable and redundant power and cooling to assure continued service regardless of the state of mains supply.” He added that power conditioning and surge suppression are also included to guard the long-term health of hosted equipment, while





Comtec Power works directly with APC by Schneider Electric on data centre projects. APC InfraStruxure architecture components are designed to work together to provide an integrated solution to modern data centre power, cooling, racking, security and


“The modular approach to infrastructure ensures scalability to meet future, unforeseen requirements, as well as the capability to re-use components in future facilities. A further advantage to pre-engineered components is a reduction in time-to-market, which ultimately increases the agility of data centre infrastructure to meet the requirements of evolving IT requirements.” – Nick Ewing, Comtec.


the facility is highly secure with biometric door management and access to prevent unauthorised intrusion.


Driving innovation


Ewing explained that both the Eaga and Addison Lee facilities are based on APC’s InfraStruxure for on-demand data centres. “APC has driven innovation and led the market for modular, scalable architecture, and today we find it has the most applicable solution for a market that is hallmarked by strategies such as consolidation, virtualisation and cloud-based services,” he said.


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management requirements. This, Ewing states, not only saves time when specifying the solution, but also increases the quality and reliability of the installation through the elimination of custom engineering, as well as increasing the availability of the facility by reducing failures due to human error.


Scalability


“The modular approach to infrastructure ensures scalability to meet future, unforeseen requirements, as well as the capability to re- use components in future facilities,” said Ewing, adding that a further advantage to


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pre-engineered components is a reduction in time-to-market, which ultimately increases the agility of data centre infrastructure to meet the requirements of evolving IT requirements. 


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