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Data centre audit and appraisal of across 5 European sites

Audit and appraisal of 5 sites totalling 30MW – Western and Central European locations

THE BRIEF

To provide technical appraisal of a number of data centre facilities across a number of European locations. The appraisal had to address potential commercialisation of the facilities and their suitability in terms of the accommodation of IT equipment now and over the next 8 years. Assessing the resilience of the data centres, and their ability to achieve market expected uptime, energy efficiency in relation to the competitor facilities in each location and expected standards.

Findings to be presented in a report with high level “red flag” summary for investors.

 

CHALLENGES AND CONSTRAINTS

(1) Limited time in which to complete the report

(2) Limited time at each location for physical inspection

(3) Incomplete technical information

 

THE FUTURE-TECH SOLUTION

Future-tech provided assessments of both the physically facilities and their associated O&M information. Short falls were highlighted in the data centres’ ability to support higher density equipment and support IT systems in the future. Further points were raised concerning electrical resilience, single points of failure, Tier level, ageing infrastructure and design irregularities, all of which affected the commercialisation of the facilities, cost associated with bringing the facilities in line with market expected specifications and, ultimately, the value of the business as a whole.

Further assessments were made regarding energy efficiency and operational overhead in line with current competitors and new competitors who were planning to establish themselves in the specific cities.

A technical due diligence report was submitted together with a power point presentation providing key points for investors.

For more information regarding technical due diligence for M&A, co-location selection and other projects please contact our team on 0845 9000 127.

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DAVID STUTCHFIELD, ENERGY OFFICER, UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREW’S

“With Future-tech’s careful attention to all the individual details we’ve ended up with a very energy efficient data centre“