Critical Power Supplies and Racktivity Announce Strategic Partnership

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Critical Power Supplies and Racktivity will deliver energy and environment management solutions to data centres (DCs) and telecommunications providers across the United Kingdom.

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The need for energy and environment management in these domains is as much about saving capital and operating expenditure and optimising uptime as it is about addressing ‘green’ initiatives through using less energy.

In a newly formed partnership, Critical Power Supplies and Racktivity will deliver energy and environment management solutions to data centres (DCs) and telecommunications providers across the United Kingdom.

Over the past two decades, data centre power use has risen from an average of 1kW per rack to as much as 20-30kW/rack in high-end environments. The need for energy and environment management in these domains is as much about saving capital and operating expenditure and optimising uptime as it is about addressing ‘green’ initiatives through using less energy.

Racktivity is an innovator of next-generation energy management software, smart power distribution and environmental sensor technology and Critical Power Supplies is a specialist, multi-vendor reseller of critical power and energy management solutions.

“Data centre efficiency is not something our customers pay lip service to,” explains Jason Koffler, managing director of Critical Power Supplies, “it’s a serious element of managing any DC business these days – and particularly for telecom operators as they are in a heavily regulated industry. Racktivity’s products are leading-edge and bring about real, tangible results for customers in helping reduce and optimise energy use, maintain a centre-wide environment and demonstrate to their customers and applicable authorities that they are doing so.”

Critical Power Supplies will offer the complete Racktivity portfolio, which includes Racktivity's Data Center Performance Management system (DCPM); the only distributed software solution to manage hundreds and thousands of multi-vendor PDUs as a single system. Racktivity’s EnergySwitch series of next-generation Power Distribution Units, featuring an operating system that delivers the highest degree of granular real-time power quality metrics. The range is complemented by the Racktivity EnergySensor providing a set of monitoring features including temperature, humidity and motion sensing alongside leak detection under raised floors and dry contact for rack door intrusion. The range also includes Racktivity’s newest product: the DC2Sensor, monitoring dc Power. The blend of ac and dc monitoring in one system is particularly attractive to telecom operators and broadband service providers managing a mix of centralised data centres and a multitude of remote infrastructures such as PoPs, base stations, optical nodes, amplifiers and so on.

Hans Witdouck, CEO for Racktivity: “We will be working closely alongside Critical Power Supplies to bring the benefits of our technology to its existing and prospective clients through technical assistance, education and by raising awareness of the benefits Racktivity brings for customers across the United Kingdom.”

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About Critical Power Supplies:

Established in 2009 by UPS (uninterruptible power supply) and energy industry specialist Jason Koffler, Critical Power Supplies is a provider and value-added reseller of power continuity products, critical power solutions, standby power and power protection systems. The company specialises in providing products for mission critical applications such as data centres, banks, broadcast companies, healthcare customers, industry, marine and military installations, telcom operators and other vertical sectors. It also provides energy management and specialist cooling products, services and consultancy. It’s primary customer base is the UK (plus Northern Ireland) and it supplies products and services to customers in Europe, Asia and elsewhere.

Critical Power Supplies’ product range includes UPS (from entry-level 300VA to 6MVA), fuel cells, generators, servers and data centre equipment including rack systems, Power Distribution Units, Source Transfer Switches, Smart Meters, consumables and spares, UPS accessories, power solutions and power conditioners.
Critical Power Supplies also provides a range of services including: site surveys, UPS and generator hire or rental, remote monitoring and response services, battery testing and replacement, design and project management, installation and commissioning, maintenance and warranty services and the removal and licensed disposal of old equipment (including UPS batteries). The company’s extensive service network provides 24/7 support for customers running critical equipment.

About Racktivity

Located in Lochristi, Belgium, Racktivity is an innovator of next-generation energy and environment management solutions for data centers. It offers the industry's only integrated hardware and software solution: the Datacenter Performance Management System (DCPM) delivering, measuring and managing power across an enterprise’s total data centre network – whether a single location of distributed. The system gives customers full visibility and control of their energy consumption in these data centres while integrating seamlessly with other applications and PDU appliances.

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As part of the Data Center Performance Management system, Racktivity's EnergySwitch family of smart Power Distribution Units (PDUs) equips data centers with the most advanced metering, switching and predictive analysis available on the market today. Racktivity was founded in 2009 in Ghent, Belgium, by Wilbert Ingels, an experienced executive in data center technologies, and Kristof De Spiegeleer, serial entrepreneur and visionary.

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