Norwegian data centre combines scalability and reliability with DEIF
“The DEIF controllers are the heart of our data centre control”, he says. “Without the DEIF PMS, we are unable to serve our customers and cover our own requirements. The DEIF systems have worked really, really well. We’ve had no problems in case of power failures”. He adds that the centre tests its critical power system once a month, running the tests through the DEIF system. “It works to our satisfaction; we’ve had no problems with the DEIF controllers during tests of the critical power system. It’s been quite good!”
As a result of the reliable mains power and the critical power solution managed by the DEIF PMS, Lefdal Mine Datacenter offers its customers world-class redundancy. “Our uptime is 100% for customers with redundancy”, says Kristian Todal. “In a Tier III design, 1.6 hours of downtime per year is the maximum allowed, and we’re well below that limit”.
Lefdal Mine Datacenter offers containerised whitespace solutions that provide maximum flexibility and short lead times
A PMS built for scalability
The DEIF PMS is built for scalability. Adding more server containers or whitespaces to the system is quick and easy, as the system is prepared for more outputs. As soon as the load for the new consumers has been defined in the system, the PMS automatically manages the increased load. This gives Lefdal Mine Datacenter the flexibility to quickly scale up as required; a crucial requirement given the centre’s containerised server rack concept.
“If the site expands, we need a system that can be scaled up and expanded to match our expansion work”, comments Paul Grytting. “DEIF can help us in that regard.”
A DEIF AGC-4 Mains monitors the mains power supply and switches to backup power in the event of mains failure or voltage fluctuations
Optimism about the future
The future seems bright for Lefdal Mine Datacenter and for the Norwegian data centre business in general. Lefdal Mine Datacenter is involved in building a cluster of data centres in Norway for sharing competences and experiences across regions, and Kristian Todal is confident that the high competence levels of the Norwegian data centre industry will pay off. “We will see more players, and many of the existing ones will grow rapidly in future based on the power situation and the level of competence in the entire sector,” he says.
On the shore of Nordfjorden, too, things are moving in a positive direction. Lefdal Mine Datacenter management is looking into options for reusing waste heat from its cooling system, further strengthening its green profile. And in 2019, the centre got permission to add more mains lines to its power system, taking its power capacity from 20 MVA to 60 MVA. The new power setup is scheduled to become operational in the second quarter of 2022, boosting the capacity of the data centre.
As Lefdal Mine Datacenter prepares to scale up, and offer more power and capacity for present and future customers, the DEIF PMS will be able to match that expansion through reliable redundancy and user-friendly flexibility.
“I’m quite satisfied with DEIF. It has what you need, and it’s a stable and robust system that is very easy to configure and set up”, comments Sivert Barmen Solvåg, and Site Manager Kristian Todal concludes: “The ability to control, monitor and manage power is important for us at Lefdal. We’re very satisfied with the DEIF products we have and the flexibility that they give us”.
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