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Eaton's Data Centre Solutions Provide Cost Savings for Eastbourne College

May 2015

"As soon as we started talking to the people at Eaton we were impressed by their enthusiasm and their knowledge. It was immediately clear that they had a real understanding of our requirements, and that the Eaton range included equipment ideally suited to our application"
Ray Allen, Information Systems Manager at Eastbourne College.

Location:
Eastbourne, East Sussex, United Kingdom

Segment:
Data Centre

Problem:
Combine three small data centres into one carefully controlled and more efficient environment on a tight budget, whilst also allowing for easy and inexpensive expansion

Solution:
Two Eaton 9355 15 kVA three-phase UPSs, four Delta³ Rack Systems (DRS) with accommodation for 96 servers, rack power distribution units and a CRAC air conditioning system

Results:
Eaton's comprehensive data centre offering has provided Eastbourne College with an integrated and highly efficient infrastructure for its new data centre at half the cost of the solutions offered by turnkey suppliers. The combined savings means the new equipment is expected to pay for itself in less than five years

Eastbourne College

Background
Eastbourne College is a leading boarding and day school for pupils aged 13 to 18 in East Sussex. Recognising the importance of modern computer systems in contributing to the learning and development of its pupils, Eastbourne College operates an intranet system that serves around 1,200 users, over two sites. Until recently, this service was supported by servers in three small data centres, all of which were far from ideal in terms of operating environment.

Challenges
As part of a major redevelopment programme at the school, the decision was taken to build a new data centre that would provide a carefully controlled environment as well as allow all of the school's servers to share the same location. In addition, the new data centre would follow a flexible design to allow for easy and inexpensive future expansion. As an initial step toward implementing this project, the school also requested quotations for the data centre infrastructure from two organisations that offered turnkey solutions. However, in both cases, the prices put forward were too high and, as a result, the school had to make the decision to draw on its own resources to carry out the work.

Solution
The College initially approached Eaton to supply equipment racks with a value of around £4,000 to house its servers. However, during a meeting with the company's data centre experts, the total scope of the project came to light and it became apparent that Eaton's extensive portfolio of solutions could provide all of the major infrastructure items needed for the project, which included the deployment of a raised floor in the new data centre.

Contact Information
Paul Ryan UK Segment Sales Manager Sales PaulRyan@eaton.com