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Switchgear & Electrical

Power is the life-blood of every data centre. Good design and careful installation by qualified engineers will ensure that effective data centre power distribution enables power to flow to your IT equipment all of the time, and that your facility delivers the uptime your organisations demands.


About Switchgear and Electrical

Electrical design will take into account the level of resilience most appropriate to the requirement of your organisation. The switchgear for data centres can either be of the standard “off-the-shelf” type or be purpose made for a specific application. In either case it must be designed such that:

  • There are no single points of failure
  • Maintenance can be carried out safely without shutting down the IT load
  • There is capacity for future expansion which can be added without shutting down the IT load

With proper design, standard switchgear can be made to meet the above criteria however but it does have limitations. For example, on occasions it will be necessary to isolate a switchboard. With dual A & B supplies this does not necessitate shutting down the room but it does mean the room is on one supply for a time, and so is at risk.

This can be overcome by using ‘Form 4’ switchgear which can be worked on safely while live. Having switchgear purpose made for the particular application also means other requirements, e.g. metering, bus-couplers, isolation transformers ‘Castell’ interlocks and so on, can be incorporated. Bespoke switchgear may appear more expensive initially, but over the life of a data centre it will pay for itself in lower maintenance costs, increased functionality and reduced risk.

Why choose Future-tech?

We are NICEIC registered contractors and accordingly our installations are independently inspected on a regular basis. This is the minimum standard we work to and we are proud of the fact that the quality of our work is second to none. We have direct experience of all elements of data centre electrical systems from the sub-station to the server. And because our design engineers and electricians work only on data centres they are familiar with their special requirements.

Ian McDonald, Technical & Infrastructure Services Manager, St Andrew’s University

“Having a data centre we can rely on for all our critical services is vital to the University”

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If you require any further information or have a specific enquiry call one of our in-house consultants:

T: 0845 9000 127

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