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Stellium Datacentres selects Schneider Electric Galaxy VM UPS

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Stellium Datacentres has chosen Schneider Electric’s Galaxy VM UPS with lithium-ion (li-ion) batteries to provide power protection at its data centre in Newcastle.

Powered by REGO certified 100% renewable energy, Stellium provides Tier III+ mission critical infrastructure and connectivity services for a variety of industries.

The company also positions itself as the new ‘Data Meridian’ – where east meets west in data transfer – being the UK’s only data centre landing station for the Altibox/NO-UK Nordic subsea cables and Aqua Comms North Sea Connect cable, as well as the home of the UK’s newest Internet Exchange Point NCL-IX.

One of Stellium’s key clients is Aqua Comms, which provides major connectivity linking the USA with Ireland, the UK and the Nordics. The America Europe Connect 2 (AEC-2) project is a dual diverse trans-Atlantic fibre connection comprising two legs; one directly from the US to Denmark and the other passing through Ireland, the Isle of Man and England, where it terminates at the Stellium campus before continuing to Denmark.

Aqua Comms’ landing station requires guaranteed, 100% uptime, reinforced by a stringent service level agreement (SLA). The Stellium campus provides ample utility power via the UK’s Super Grid, which provides dual 11kVA feeds into the site, as well as backup power systems that offer defence in depth.

Its features include 2N levels of redundancy offered by Schneider Electric’s Galaxy VM UPS and 6MVA standby generators arranged in an N+1 configuration. Stellium selected Schneider Electric’s Galaxy VM UPS due to its high levels of reliability, strong technical and energy efficiency capabilities, and because the company’s sustainable approach to its product strategy matched Stellium’s approach to life cycle management.

Designed to provide highly efficient data centre power continuity, Schneider Electric’s Galaxy VM is a scalable, 3-phase UPS for data centres and industrial environments. Powered by lithium-ion batteries, Galaxy UPS is designed to deliver high levels of backup power protection in a smaller footprint, offering space saving capabilities for colocation businesses.

Galaxy VM utilises Schneider Electric’s eConversion mode as standard, offering up-to 99% energy efficiency alongside Class-1 (UL certified) power protection level for critical loads, without compromising availability.

“Today businesses have come to the realisation that through high quality fibre connections and access to 100% sustainable power, it is possible to have major data centres built to Tier III standards, in almost any location,” said Paul Mellon, Operations Director, Stellium Datacentres.

“By partnering with Schneider Electric and using its UPSs to build the highest levels of redundancy and resiliency into our Newcastle data centre, we’re safeguarding the provision of our customers critical equipment, and ensuring their applications are powered both efficiently and sustainably.”

“Stellium Datacentres truly defines what it means to be a northern powerhouse and has built a campus primed to create hyperscale levels of growth in the north of England,” added Marc Garner, SVP, Secure Power Division, Schneider Electric, Europe.

“We’re delighted that Stellium has selected our Galaxy VM technology to power its mission-critical workloads, and help it deliver industry-leading levels of resilience and efficiency.”

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