Legrand Group expands data center service with acquisition of USystems Ltd

Legrand has strengthened its data centre solutions offering with the acquisition of Bedford-based infrastructure specialist USystems.

Acquiring USystems’ entire portfolio, which includes the world-leading ColdLogik cooling technology, the deal further strengthens Legrand’s position in providing added-value solutions in the growing data centre market. The acquisition will help Legrand expand its presence in the UK data centre market, while also helping to grow USystems’ international business.

USystems’ portfolio of cooling solutions and racks help data centres reduce their overall energy bills, subsequently bringing down their carbon footprint. USystems’ efficient technologies allow customers to reach the IT densities required, combined with unprecedented levels of sustainable cooling efficiency.

The range of retrofit and new build ColdLogik Rear Door Coolers, for example, provides an efficient and sustainable cooling range from 0.1 to 200kW plus per rack. This is particularly impactful in the growing micro data centre (MDC) market, where USystems has developed its ColdLogik technology to occupy less than one square metre of floor space to fit most edge applications.

Pascal Stutz, CEO, Legrand UK & Ireland, said: “The acquisition of USystems enables us to strengthen our position in the fastest growing segments of the data centre sector – HPC (high performance computing) and MDCs; complements our existing offering in the data centre white space market in both the UK and globally; and provides Legrand with additional expertise and capabilities in specialist cooling and energy efficiency technologies. All of which allows us to better serve customers’ needs through value-add, problem solving and an increasingly solutions-based approach to the markets we serve.”

Scott Bailey, MD, USystems Ltd, said: “USystems’ ColdLogik technology is in a prime position to support the data centre industry’s move towards a more sustainable, energy efficient future, as well as to meet HPC’s higher cooling requirements easily. Our EDGE range of micro data centres complements Legrand’s existing portfolio and fits with their philosophy of developing a more integrated, solutions-based approach to helping their customers, as opposed to simple product-based deployments. We are excited to join the Legrand Group and to expand the USystems portfolio internationally.”

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Sustainable data center solutions

As time goes on, climate issues are becoming much more important to many industries. Data centers are no different, as it is well known that data centers consume high amounts of energy and take up swathes of land space in order to run. However, data centers are vital to many data transfer processes around the world and so if data centers are to keep functioning and keep up with demand, sustainable options must be employed as soon as possible.

Data center cooling is a necessary process that ensures that the computing equipment in the data center runs correctly and doesn’t overheat or cause any hazards. However, cooling a data center is what consumes the most energy, and often uses up important resources like water, and so it is becoming increasingly important for data centers to find a sustainable cooling solution that can keep up with future demand. There has already been a shift in popularity away from air cooling as this option consumes very high amounts of energy, with water cooling and rear door heat exchangers emerging as much more energy-efficient options. The key to sustainable cooling in a data center is achieving maximum cooling output that uses minimal energy. Computer Room Air Conditioning was once the most common form of cooling, but its high energy consumption levels have revealed it to be an unsustainable option, even when combined with aisle containment. In comparison, Rear Door Heat Exchangers utilise both air and water cooling, with heat being extracted from the back of the data cabinet to provide very efficient cooling at the source.

Water cooling passes cold water in a closed circuit along the computing hardware, removing heat from the source as it goes. Many sustainable data centers are redesigning their infrastructure to reduce water consumption and hit water conservation targets. Some data centers have found an opportunity for sustainability here by recycling the hot “waste” water to be used as hot water in the staff facilities in the data center. Water cooled data centers near the coast have also begun to use seawater rather than fresh water in the cooling process, meaning that less water is wasted in cooling.

If data centers are to achieve sustainability targets, renewable energy and recycling must be prioritised. Sustainable data centers are committing to clean energy and carbon neutrality, with The Climate Neutral Data Centre pact stating that all data center electricity must be 100% renewable by 2030. Steps must also be taken to reduce waste by repairing and recycling server parts, and recycling and reusing data center heat into the local community.

USystems are passionate about providing data center solutions that have a minimal impact on the environment, with sustainability being our top priority. By providing innovative data center cooling products to businesses globally, we can help to make the world of data centers a more environmentally friendly place. If you are interested in cooling solutions for your data center that can reduce your energy usage and your impact on the environment, get in touch today.


Why your business should use a micro data center

Many businesses today rely on using the cloud to connect to data centers to handle large amounts of important data, but are more frequently experiencing problems with slow data transfer. However, businesses are beginning to benefit from installing a micro data center in their premises to combat this issue. Having an on-site data center may seem like a thing of the past, but micro data centers are a modern innovation that seamlessly connects businesses and organisations to cloud data centers without latency, delays or issues.

Data centers are central to almost everything we do in today’s technological era, fuelling instant data transfer in a wide range of industries from health to transport to E-commerce. Larger businesses often own and manage their own large data centers, but cloud technology has enabled smaller businesses to access a data center remotely and benefit from powerful data processing without needing their own infrastructure. Although data can now be transferred around the world at incredible speeds, the demand on data centers has led to increases in delays. With more and more data centers being built, the data center that your business accesses can often be miles from your site of business or even on another continent, giving data a further distance to travel and causing inevitable lag and latency. However, this can be solved with the use of a micro data center, also known as an Edge data center, which acts as a bridge between the business and the cloud data center. Micro data center solutions give businesses the ability to carry out complex data processes at the user end that they previously would not have had the capacity to do, which means that reliance on the cloud data center is reduced. Overall, this increases the businesses data processing capability and eliminates latency problems, leading to quicker response times and more productive working.

Unlike the large and expensive on-site data centers of the past that consumed high amounts of energy, micro data centers are small and efficient. Micro data centers take up just one square meter of floor space and require no infrastructure, and so can easily be installed into existing office space without needing their own dedicated room or building. They also require minimum intervention and upkeep, negating the need to hire specialised staff for maintenance and allowing your business to focus time and expenses elsewhere. Our range also includes micro data centers that can manage their own climate, ensuring they are always efficiently cooled and aren’t wasting excess energy, and soundproof micro data centers to minimise on disruptions.

We provide data center solutions for businesses and organisations worldwide. If you want to reduce latency issues and improve productivity in the workplace, enabling advanced user end data processing with a micro data center could be the solution for you. USystems are dedicated to creating innovative data center technology that reduces environmental impact, and our micro data centers are designed to be energy efficient without compromising on data processing power, as well as being compact and unobtrusive.

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