Vertiv, IXcellerate forge partnership to build one of Russia’s largest data centre portfolios




Companies target one of the world’s markets with the highest penetration of internet services, yet, still lacking the necessary infrastructure to handle consumer demand.

Data centre infrastructure provider Vertiv and colocation operator IXcellerate have entered a new stage in their collaborative efforts to build one of Russia’s largest colocation footprints, both companies announced during Datacloud Europe 2018, in Monaco.

The partnership, which dates back to 2013, has tasked Vertiv with providing IXcellerate with several more of its cooling and electric solutions, to be deployed in the Russian capital where IXcellerate has recently launched the third expansion of its Moscow One campus, creating the largest data hall in the country.

For its latest phase of expansion, IXcellerate selected Vertiv’s Liebert AFC adiabatic free cooling chillers. It also deployed the Liebert PDX with Vertiv EconoPhase, an air-cooled direct expansion system with a refrigerant pumping module to allow a shift from compressor to economiser mode when conditions suit.

Cooling typically accounts for 40% of energy consumption within data centres. Vertiv claims that by combining the liste solutions, it allows up to a 50% in reduction in energy consumption compared to a conventional air-cooled unit, and partial power usage effectiveness (pPUE) levels of 1.05.

The equipment deployed for IXcellerate also included the Liebert EXL S1 Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS). These units offer double conversion efficiency of up to 97% and up to 99% in ECO mode, as well as optimised efficiency at partial load. Moreover, the Liebert EXL S1 is compatible with modern lithium-ion batteries.

Guy Willner, CEO of IXcellerate said: “Not only do we adhere to a high level of 99.999% availability, we’re also subject to strict SLAs and enable our customers to comply fully with local legislation around IT outsourcing and personal data storage. As a result, choosing the right partner for any part of our business is critical to maintaining our reputation and leading market position.”

Giordano Albertazzi, president of Vertiv in Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “Russia has one of the highest internet penetration rates, and is an incredibly large and important market, one which demands robust infrastructure in place to support it.

“We have been a trusted partner of IXcellerate for over five years, and while we originally supported them in phases one and two of their growth, we are thrilled to now provide them with our latest power and cooling solutions.

“We look forward to working together on IXcellerate’s future growth plans as they continue to service some of the largest brands with their colocation needs and uphold their position as one of the top data centre providers in Russia.”