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Meeting challenges associated with deploying IT equipment in to small spaces

Thu 25 Jan 2018

Towergate, Europe’s largest independent insurance intermediary, employing more than 3,800 people in 100 offices, has taken the decision to deploy the Schneider Electric NetShelter CX in future offices as it expands.

Peter Morris, Head of Towergate’s property management unit, didn’t want the capital expenditure of building new comms rooms with costly, dedicated air conditioning. He asked the IT team if they could source an economical, stand‐alone alternative.

“We wanted a cabinet solution that offered the technical functionality. Towergate now uses the NetShelter CX to house the entire communications infrastructure at all new branch offices that do not have existing comms room facilities.”

“When you take into account the cost of demountable partitioning and installing dedicated air conditioning, plus the hardware cost of basic data racks, we estimate that by the NetShelter CX we save approximately 59% per site, without taking into account the reduced floor space costs,” said Mr Morris. “What’s more, the NetShelter CX is a far better use of floor space, and in the event of an office move or a lease running out they can easily be redeployed at another site and aren’t the sunk cost of a permanent comms room facility,” he commented. “We have deployed thirty of these Schneider Electric solutions already and we’re exceptionally impressed with the cooling system and the noise reduction performance. We haven’t looked back on the decision.”

To find out more about the NetShelter CX and other Schneider Electric solutions for small IT spaces, go to www.apc.com/netshelterCX

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