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Outstanding UPS proves its agility AGIL modular UPS helps Wallonie Data Center run with 100% uptime and 95% efficiency! In this interview, Thomas Rulmont, Director of Opera- tions at Wallonie Data Center (WDC), explains why WDC implemented the AGIL modular UPS from CE+T and the benefits it has delivered.What was the situation before you implemented theAGIL UPS?In 2006, WDC acquired a data center built by in 1987Cockerill (now part of the Arcelor-Mittal Group). Whatwe got was an ageing infrastructure: an old UPS system,old chillers, old everything. The UPS’s were 5 years oldand really not efficient. They produced a lot of harmonicsand we also had problems with battery charging. Plus,the maintenance costs were huge.On top of all this, the two 100kVA UPS’s we took over CE+T Power Agil installation at the Wallonie Data Centerwere too small for our needs. We had a 500m2 facilityand planned to grow. So, we needed a capacity of at We were reaching our wit’s end when we had a chanceleast 500kVA to start with. encounter with Olivier Bomboir, Sales Director at CE+T Power. They were developing a new technology that was modular and sounded promising. So even though “…we’ve enjoyed 100% up- the product wasn’t ready yet, we decided to wait for it. time. It’s been a great birth- How long have you been running the AGIL modular day present!” UPS? We went live on 28 January 2010 which happens to be my birthday. The changeover went very smoothly. WeWhen did you decide to replace the system? first connected half the batteries to the new systemWe started looking for a new UPS system in 2007. We while keeping part of the old batteries on the old system.contacted several big suppliers. Their offers were ok, Then we connected the remaining batteries to the newbut not what we were really looking for. We wanted system. Together with CE+T we conducted a lot of teststotal redundancy. And we wanted a modular UPS, say before and after, but the actual changeover took only athree 160kVA modules for a total capacity of 450kVA. few seconds and the whole process took less than a day.Unfortunately, these suppliers only offered monolithic Moreover, since then we’ve enjoyed 100% uptime. It’ssystems. been a great birthday present! Construction Electronique + Communications S.A. (CE+T S.A.) Rue du charbonnage 12 B-4020 Wandre Belgium +32 4 345 67 00 +32 4 345 67 01 Email: email@example.com www.cet-power.com VAT : BE-404404480 RPM Liège - N° Enreg. Entrepreneur / Reg. Aannemer Nr. : 404.404.480/09.00.9.3
What are the benefits of the new system besides this cabling, circuit breakers and other power distributionamazingly high uptime? infrastructure. The installation itself was also easier because of the system’s modularity.The biggest benefit to us is the system’s modularity. How efficient is your new system?In our business, uptime is crucial. Now, even if we loseone or more modules inside one of the UPS’s, we can Actually, that’s another big benefit. Our old system hadcontinue to operate. energy losses of 15-20%. For the new system, CE+T Power guaranteed us a maximum loss of no more thanAnother benefit is being able to plan and expand 5% or in other words, efficiency of 95%. This is a hugecapacity in increments. That’s really important in the savings because now we don’t lose as much energy.data center business. And the savings is magnified because the lower amount of heat released means we also don’t need to cool the facility as much either. What about the latest versions of more traditional UPS? We did of course compare the Agil to current models from the competition, and here again the TCO of CE+T Power’s solution proved to be much lower n 200,0% 180,0% CE+T Power Agil 20kVA module 160,0% 140,0% TCO CETAnd modularity reduces maintenance costs, too. We 120,0% TCO XXX 100,0%can do a lot of maintenance ourselves because the 80,0%modules are hot pluggable. Over 7-8 years, this really 60,0% 40,0%reduces the total cost of ownership. 20,0% 0,0%The modular AGIL system matched our existing Y1 Y2 Y3 Y4 Y5 Y6 Y7 Y8 Y9 Y10 Source : WDCinfrastructure better, too. When we first installedthe system, we had already put in place a lot of WDC’s Total Cost of Ownership Analysis Technical Aspects Situated in the heart of Belgium in Villers-Le-Bouillet, Wallonie Data Customer WDC Center (WDC) is the ideal environment for hosting systems and Product Line Agil operating an information management infrastructure under optimal conditions. WDC offers dedicated as well as rack hosting, and business Model Agil 160 continuity services Modules power 20kVA http://www.waldc.be/ # Modules 12 # cabinets 2x3 CE+T Power is the world leader in AC backup technology. The company Max. Output Power 480kVA develops, manufactures and markets Inverters, Modular UPS, Remote Line Powering and Off Grid Powering solutions to the Telecom, Footprint 1,44m² Industrial and Datacom/IT markets worldwide. For more information please visit our website at http://www.cet-power.com Construction Electronique + Communications S.A. (CE+T S.A.) Rue du charbonnage 12 B-4020 Wandre Belgium +32 4 345 67 00 +32 4 345 67 01 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.cet-power.com VAT : BE-404404480 RPM Liège - N° Enreg. Entrepreneur / Reg. Aannemer Nr. : 404.404.480/09.00.9.3