EDP Europe Limited specialises in the supply of critical infrastructure solutions for the data centre environment as well as media tape library solutions. Building on more than 20 years experience, EDP Europe focuses on providing a broad portfolio of leading edge systems designed to optimise the overall performance of its customers’ data centres. From design & build to ongoing operational management, EDP Europe can support throughout the lifecycle of a data centre to increase efficiency, resiliency, flexibility and security. A major area where EDP Europe helps its clients is in improving data centre cooling efficiency, by providing solutions to its clients that help optimise airflow, improve airflow management, eliminate hot spots & reduce by-pass airflow, contributing to measurable and reportable reductions in clients’ energy consumption and expenditure. EDP Europe partners with a range of market leading organisations including Upsite Technologies, Triad, Compuspace, IDC Solutions and Opengate Data Systems, to support its clients across EMEA in the design, construction and management of high performance, energy efficient data centres.
On top of this EDP Europe also supplies a range of products and solutions to aid the data centre including 19" racks, electronic products that includes rack security control and power monitoring, cable baskets, fibre optic containment, and fibre and copper cabling solutions from Huber+Suhner. We also provide media storage and media labels, server lifters and computer crash carts. If you have a requirement for the data centre environment then talk to us EDP Europe – The Data Centre Go To People.
EDP Europe offers a range of 19” Racks from leading rack manufacturers including USystems and Rittal. Our range of 19 inch racks includes server racks, comms racks, co-location racks and wall mount racks (also known as wall boxes). On top of this EDP Europe also offers specialist 19 inch racks that include water cooled racks, soundproof racks and IP55 rated racks.
With 19 inch racks available from 6U to 48U and in a range of widths and depths, EDP Europe is able to provide you with a 19 inch rack to meet your requirements.
EDP Europe offers the ColdLogik water cooled rack system. This water cooled rack solution supports cabinet loads up to 45kW per rack. The ColdLogik system allows water temperatures to rise from 6°C to between 14°C and 21°C reducing costs. It is also the only water cooled rack solution that features the patent pending Leak Prevention System. Water Cooled Racks are one solution that can be used to improve data centre efficient, and reduce operating costs.
With more requirements for data protection ensuring that servers are secure within the rack has never been more important. Simple locking is simply not enough, and with this in mind EDP Europe provides managed rack security solutions from TZ. At the heart of the TZ rack security solution is the SmartHandle™ electronic lock that offers complete versatility and can be retrofitted to most racks. The TZ solution provides real time auditing and tracks and reports events as they happen, helping to reduce compliance and security costs. The system offers greater scalability with multi-rack locking via one control hub. Environmental monitoring, monitoring temperature and humidity, can also be incorporated into the solution.
Many data centres and computer rooms are over cooled, due to poor data centre design or bad airflow management. Cooling the data centre can equate to as much as 40% of the facility’s energy bill, and so is the biggest area where a company can make energy cost savings. EDP Europe works with leading manufacturers to offer best of breed solutions that improve airflow management and help to reduce energy cooling costs. These improvements can be made by:
One of the biggest areas where cost savings can be made is by ensuring that the cold air only comes out of the place it is supposed to – through the floor grilles. Unsealed cable openings allow air to escape; this reduces the static pressure under the raised floor resulting in less air coming through the floor grilles. The best way to seal these cable openings is with KoldLok raised floor grommets. KoldLok is a range of raised floor grommets that are specifically designed to seal cable openings and prevent bypass airflow. The original range of KoldLok raised floor grommets have a double layer of brush strips, where the second layer of filaments are slightly thicker and support the top ones. There are also newer models of raised floor grommets from KoldLok, one being KoldLok Wave that features a wave shaped thermoplastic elastomer that wraps itself around the cables and the others the KoldLok Round, a 4” or 6" round raised floor grommet that features a membrane layer under the brush.
Research by The Uptime Institute confirmed that effectively blanking off unused rack space prevents hot exhaust air from computer equipment recirculating to the front of the rack and mixing with the cold air. In unblanked rack space around 40% of hot exhaust air recirculates to the front of the rack, and in racks using standard steel blanking panels around 19% of hot air still recirculates to the front of racks. EDP Europe provides efficient blanking panel solutions from HotLok, PlenaFill and now EZIBLANK. HotLoK blanking panels are available in 1U and 2U formats, they feature cantilevered sealing vanes that eliminates the gaps between adjoining blanking panels or the installed equipment. HotLok blanking panels are also easy to install and remove thanks to their in-board finger grips. PlenaFill is a 27U sheet of blanking panels that are scored at 1U intervals allowing you to break off the required number of blanking panels to fit the rack U space. Using PlenaFill blanking panels you can quickly blank of large areas of unused rack space.
EZIBLANK is a 6U blanking panel sheet that is scored at 1U intervals allowing the required amount of blanking to be "snapped off". EZIBLANK has a tool-less design and can quickly and effectively blank unused space.
As well as using blanking panels it is also important to prevent hot air recycling between the mounting angles and the side of the rack, between adjoining racks or under racks that are on castors. EDP provides RackSEAL air barrier as a solution. RackSEAL is a self-adhesive expanding foam strip tape, available in two sizes that is quick to install. RackSEAL expands and moulds itself around any obstructions such as cabling, screw heads etc. to produce an efficient seal.
Standard flat bottom floor grilles have a major design flaw that leads to jet stream, short cycling and negative airflow. In tests carried out by The Uptime Institute it was found that only 28% of air coming through a floor grille actually passes through IT equipment. The Triad airflow floor grille is different; its specially designed Hi-Plume Stratification fin creates a dispersed pattern of airflow out of the floor tile. The fin causes the air to “bend” outwardly allowing it to flow into the servers and IT equipment, and reach equipment mounted at the top of the racks.
EDP Europe is the preferred distributor for the Triad floor grille in the EMEA region.
Another way to improve airflow distribution is to direct the cold air under the raised floor to the areas it is required. PlenaForm® is an under floor air baffle system that can be easily attached to floor pedestals and allows you to control and balance data centre airflow. Just as you have hot aisles and cold aisles above the floor, so you can separate them under the floor using PlenaForm® air baffles. Also avaialbe is EZIFLUTE that are designed for 600mm wide floor tiles and plenums up to 600mm deep.
Another means of improving data centre cooling and airflow management is by the use of an aisle containment system. An aisle containment system is designed to prevent hot and cold air from mixing. There are two types of aisle containment systems, hot aisle containment and cold aisle containment. In hot aisle containment the whole room is cooled to the desired temperature and the hot aisles are isolated and contained. The hot air in the hot aisle containment system is then ducted into a ceiling plenum where it is directed back to the CRAC units. With Cold Aisle Containment the cold aisle is contained which focuses the cold air onto the stored IT equipment. EDP Europe’s aisle containment solution can be used with either hot aisle containment or cold aisle containment. The solution has the added advantage in that it retrofits to existing cabinets no matter what their height, width or manufacturer.
The majority of network issues are caused through network switches failing. One cause of this can be overheating. Many top of rack network switches are designed with their air intakes either at the side or rear. This means that the network switch is breathing exhaust air from other equipment and often has intake temperatures of 40°C to 50°C. To effectively cool these types of network switch either expensive speciality racks were needed or a ‘home-made’ type of channelling system was used. Now there is a cost effective solution from Opengate, SwitchAir 2U. SwitchAir 2U is specifically designed to provide effective network switch cooling for top of rack network switches and prevents mixing air streams. SwitchAir 2U works with a variety of network switches and allows network switches with varying airflow patterns to be stacked together.
Other Solutions Offered from EDP Europe includes:
With thousands of metres of copper and fibre cabling running through data centres still the most popular way of supporting these is in steel wire-welded cable basket trays. EDP Europe now offers cable basket trays in a range of widths and depths, with a variety of quick attachment accessories that are easy to install. The biggest advantage with EDP cable baskets is they can be ordered in any RAL colour with a high quality powder coat finish. These painted cable baskets provide an ideal way to separate and identify cable routes.
EDP Europe is a distributor for Huber+Suhner LiSA Fibre Optic Solutions and as well as provide fibre cabling and patching solutions includes a secure and stress-free fibre optic containment system for managing and protecting mission critical fibre optic cables. The LiSA fibre optic containment solution is a robust system that offers lateral support along the complete fibre optic cable length and reduces the risk of macro-bending and micro-bending of individual fibre optic cables. The flexibility of the system is impressive, with a range of widths (the most popular being 100mm or 160mm) and a full range of components. The bright yellow colour identifies fibre optic cable routes and the PC/ABS material is low smoke zero halogen rated.
EDP Europe offers a complete range of Power Distribution Units (PDU) from basic rack mount PDU through to intelligent PDU. Intelligent PDU enables power monitoring, remote power switching or in some cases a combination of both power monitoring and power switching. iPower, EDP's intelligent PDU solution, provides a range of custom built PDUs that enable you to measure, manage and improve your power utilisation. iPower is available with a choice of outlets, with individually fused IEC sockets. iPower can be daisy chained to up to 1,024 sockets and has options for environmental monitoring and rack security . EDP Europe also distributes Packet Power®, the is the easiest, most cost-effective way to capture detailed power and temperature information. The system requires less IP addresses and works by the Smart Power cables and Environmental nodes communicating with each other via a secure wireless mesh network.
EDP Europe provides a range of lightweight computer crash carts that provide a mobile computer workstation wherever one is required. Our computer crash carts are highly flexible and can be adjust for seated or standing work positions. Whilst our range of server lifters provide an ideal solution for manoeuvring servers and other IT equipment around the data centre. With models available in either battery server lifters or manual server lifters with cantilever options available on the battery server lifters.
IT equipment continues to increase its demand for both power consumption and cooling. For IT Managers, monitoring and understanding when these power and environmental conditions impact data centre dynamics, and reacting to adverse conditions, can be a daunting task. EDP Europe offers a range of PDU and power monitoring solutions that also offers basic environmental monitoring in the form of temperature and humidity monitoring. Where greater environmental monitoring is required, EDP Europe offers the Geist RacSense product line that brings visibility to the fingertips of IT Managers and gives the ultimate in remote environmental monitoring. The Geist environmental monitoring product line includes basic temperature and humidity monitoring devices and goes through to sophisticated environmental monitoring solutions that monitor: Temperature, humidity, airflow, light, sound, water, dry contacts and even enables web cameras.
EDP Europe is able to provide a range of KVM solutions including KVM Switches, KVM Extenders and KVM Console Drawers. We supply KVM solutions from leading KVM switch manufacturers that include Austin Hughes, Raritan, Rextron, Rose Electronics and Minicom. Whether you require a basic analogue KVM switch or an enterprise KVM solution that uses IP KVM switches, EDP Europe can provide the solution. We provide Austin Hughes KVM drawers which can be used stand-alone or can have a KVM switch incorporated into the unit. Rose Electronics provides a host of KVM switches and probably the best range of KVM extenders on the market, from CAT5 KVM extenders through to high-end fibre optic KVM extenders. Added to this the Raritan Dominion KXII, widely regarded in the industry as the best IP KVM switch solution, EDP Europe can supply a KVM solution to meet your requirements.
EDP Europe has always been the leading supplier of media and multimedia storage solutions, from simple media racks through to the high density Extreme and Multimedia Extreme media storage systems. Now to provide even more media storage solutions EDP Europe is the EMEA distributor for Russ Bassett media storage solutions, that includes their ProMedia media cabinets, Slimcase filing / media cabinets, fiche cabinets and the top of the range high density system Gemtrac that provides secure, enclosed media storage for media tapes.
EDP Tri-Optic® media labels are recognised as the market leading identification label for tapes, due to there high quality, consistent colours and grade A barcodes. Media labels are available for a wide range of media tapes including 3590, DLT, SDLT and LTO, with specialist labels for cleaning and diagnostic tapes also available
EDP Europe’s Colorflex / ATM division provides a number of solutions to aid the identification of document files and track their movements, and the movement of other assets. Colorflex / ATM offer a number of colour label printing software packages that enables colour coded strip labels to be easily produced to aid file identification. These strip labels can contain the entire file’s basic information in text format with colour coded bands, and barcodes all in one easy to apply label. These labels can also incorporate an RFID tag, so that the files can be tracked using RFID technology. Colorflex / ATM also produce MasterTrak Plus a file / asset tracking software package which can use barcode or RFID tracking technology to track and trace file / asset movements around your facility.