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Vertiv Supports the University of Turin’s (UniTo) Data Centre Design and Open Access Lab

June 17, 2022

Background:

In the age of managed ICT services, the biggest challenge for every university is to maintain, and possibly increase, the skills and design capabilities when implementing hardware and software systems. These skills are crucial to the value chain of many supply chains whose capacity for innovation is inextricably linked to the mastery of technological skills. This is why UniTO researchers, together with technology partners like Vertiv, designed the entire data centre technology infrastructure and systems. A design conducted as a research exercise based upon extremely challenging parameters in terms of performance, business continuity, reliability and energy efficiency.

Results:

  • Energy-efficient and effective air conditioning by combining three cooling modes
  • Immediate exchange between mains power and generator set ensuring continuous data centre operation
  • Powering of the entire data centre electrical load for 12 hours which protects the computing infrastructure against significant power supply interruptions from grid outages.
  • Modularity implemented through UPS expansion of up to 250 kW
  • Achievement of N+1 redundancy by installing a second UPS in parallel with the same characteristics as the first
  • 24/7 preventive remote monitoring and 4-hour on-site support when needed

 

Case Summary

Location:

Turin, Italy

Critical Need:

The University of Turin’s IT department sought to build a TIER-III data centre (with N+1 redundancy) capable of supporting up to 250 kW of ICT equipment, comprising 16 cabinets of at least 20 kVA each, and also hosting high density servers (1.5 kW per unit). The data centre had to be built inside an armoured and soundproof glass room, clearly visible for students and researchers passing through the IT department. It also needed to achieve exceptional energy efficiency levels for data centres in this category (pPUE<1.06 for cooling).

Vertiv Solution:

  • U2 x Vertiv™ Liebert® APM 150 kW UPS scalable up to 250 kW
  • 1 x Vertiv™ Liebert® GXT5 UPS serving the electrical cabinet
  • 1 x 415 kVA diesel soundproof generator set
  • 16 x Vertiv™ DCM racks per data centre
  • 1 x Vertiv™ Knürr Miracel® 2 rack for the technical room
  • 28 x Vertiv™ Liebert® Geist™ PDUs (GS30019L) 22.2 kVA
  • 4 x Vertiv™ Liebert® Geist™ PDUs (GS30015L) 7.3 kVA
  • 1 (+1 prearrangement) x Vertiv™ Liebert® EFC 220 direct expansion, high efficiency indirect freecooling with evaporative cooling
  • Vertiv™ Life™ Services preventative

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