APC Elite Partner APT deploys state-of-the-art data centre at Sheffield Hallam Uni
With a pedigree dating back to the early 19th Century, Sheffield Hallam is now the sixth largest university in the United Kingdom with more than 31,000 students, around 20% of whom are post graduates, and over 4,500 staff.
One of the UK’s largest providers of tuition for health and social care career paths, and teacher training, it offers around 700 courses across a wide range of disciplines including Business and administrative studies, Biological sciences, and Engineering & Technology.
The university has a range of research centres and institutes as well as specialised research groups. Research grants and contracts provide an important source of income to support work at Sheffield Hallam; in May 2013 the university was awarded £6.9m from the HEFCE Catalyst Fund to create the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering, to be fully operational by 2017.
Working with APT a specialist in data centre design, build and maintenance, Sheffield Hallam undertook work to deploy a state-of-the art highly virtualised data centre as part of a £30m building development at Charles Street in central Sheffield.
The installation is based on Schneider Electrics InfraStruxure integrated data centre physical infrastructure solution and includes two APC by Schneider Electric Hot Aisle Containment Systems (HACS), 300kW chilled water free-cooling units and APC InRow cooling.
In addition, the new facility is managed using StruxureWare for Data Centers DCIM (Data Centre Infrastructure Management) software to maximise the efficiency of data centre operations.
“Working with Advanced Power Technology and Schneider Electric has been an efficient and productive partnership from start to finish,” said Robin Jeeps.
“The services they provided have been professional, thorough and at times very patient in terms of solving some of the challenges we’ve had to correct throughout the deployment stages. They remained focused on delivering an intricate solution that would meet our expectations and point of view as a customer, at all times.”
John Thompson from APT explains: “when we build a data centre for one of our clients we look on the relationship as a partnership. It is very important for us to understand the long-term requirements so that we can design for future possibilities in order to remain available and flexible in our response, throughout the life of the facility.
“This is one of the reasons we chose to deploy a complete Schneider Electric ‘engineered as a system’ data centre solution for the Charles Street room.
“To begin we built a virtual data centre within the StruxureWare for Data Centers software suite, so that the stakeholders could have a ‘3D walk round’ and provide feedback on the solution they were getting prior to delivery. Whilst this resulted in quite a few design revisions it helped to ensure that APT delivered exactly what was expected.”