130,000 euros raised for repairs and relief in south-east Europe

Friedhelm Loh Group employees, and CEO Friedhelm Loh himself, have donated some 130,000 euros for victims of the floods in south-east Europe. The funds will be used to repair the damage and relieve the suffering caused by torrential rain in Serbia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina in May. The money will be divided between six international aid organisations.

In response to the devastation caused by the floods in south-east Europe, the Friedhelm Loh Group launched an initiative to collect donations. A total of some 130,000 euros was raised, and given to aid organisations Caritas International, the German Red Cross, Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, Help – Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe, Humedica and World Vision. The money will fund the distribution of food, drinking water, the deployment of water pumps and drying equipment, and other aids and resources.

“On behalf of the recipients, I’d like to thank the staff for their generous donations. It’s encouraging to see, and it again clearly demonstrates that we’re an organisation willing to act as a community, and not only to assume responsibility for ourselves, but also for others,” stated CEO Friedhelm Loh.

Support for several aid projects

On receiving 30,000 euros, Michael Frischmuth, responsible for Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe’s work in Europe, said “We’d like to thank Rittal very much for their contribution. We used the funds to ship drying equipment originally deployed during the 2013 floods in Germany to the countries affected in south-east Europe. This equipment will accelerate the process of making flood-damaged houses habitable again.”

Record-breaking bad weather

Torrential downpours in the Balkans this May led to the worst flooding since records began. Large swathes of south-east Europe were under water. Whole cities and villages were cut off from the outside world and many people were forced to abandon their homes. The Balkan floods impacted a total of 1.3 million people. Thousands were evacuated, and 50 lost their lives.

The scale of the damage only became apparent once the floodwaters had receded. In many regions, the ground has been contaminated by toxins, vehicle fuel and sewage. The cost of the damage has been tentatively put at more than a billion euros in Serbia and hundreds of millions in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In Croatia, the cost to the agricultural industry alone is thought to exceed 30 million euros. Many people have not only lost their homes, but also their livestock, and as result, their livelihoods.

How donations are used in practice

Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe is focusing its efforts in Serbia on the areas affected by floods in the centre and west of the country. In Bosnia-Herzegovina, aid is concentrated on the north. The very first action taken by Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe was to ship 280 dryers to disaster areas for distribution to local partners who employ them to make buildings habitable. Currently, a further shipment of more than 200 dryers is on its way to Serbia, where it is expected to arrive in mid-August. The local population is also being provided with food, hygiene packages and water pumps.

Farmers have not only suffered from damage inflicted directly by the floods; they are also not permitted to sell their remaining crops. Many livelihoods are therefore at risk. The Galonic family in Serbia operate a cattle breeding business. Miraculously, 30 of their livestock survived, but their feed was swept away by the floodwaters. Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, in cooperation with local aid organisations, has provided them with new feed and fast-growing seed. As Mr Galonic himself explains: “The floods destroyed many buildings on our farm, including the cowshed. Our cows survived, as they were able to escape the shed of their own accord. But we were not in a position to feed them. Thanks to the aid we received from Germany, we have been able to carry on. Our cattle will not starve to death, and we will not lose our livelihoods.”

Other aid agencies also remain active in the region, helping the victims to rebuild their lives. They provide psychological counselling, legal advice, and assist with reconstruction work. The donations received from Germany play a key role in making this support possible.

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Business Growth Through IT

White Paper from IDC and Rittal: Data Centres Are Increasingly Becoming a Competitive Factor

In a recent White Paper sponsored by Rittal, provider of IT infrastructure solutions, international market research company IDC examined the influence that data centres have on the economic success of small and medium-sized businesses. The results show that IT infrastructure and especially having one’s own data centre are perceived as essential in permanently securing competitiveness and expansion. The White Paper also shows that companies want to take advantage of new technologies such as cloud, Big Data and mobile computing in order to develop new revenue opportunities. The results are based on an IDC survey of around 500 managers and IT heads in medium-sized companies in Germany, the United Kingdom, Sweden, the Netherlands and Italy.

The most important findings at a glance:

Direct correlation between IT spending and revenue growth

If a company was commercially successful last year, this has a direct impact on the IT budget. As many as 98% of organizations with increasing sales reported that they would enlarge their investment in IT, or at least keep it at the same level. Furthermore, the survey showed that economically successful companies invest an average 20% more in their IT than businesses with flat sales figures.

Having one’s own data centre is the key to success

No fewer than 93% of the IT managers questioned found it important or very important for a company to have its own data centre. Of those companies surveyed that registered a growth in sales last year, 97% operated their own data centre.

Energy efficiency offers the potential to cut costs

Companies have some catching up to do, particularly when it comes to energy efficiency: 57% of respondents report PUE (power usage effectiveness) values exceeding 2.0. For every kilowatt-hour of electricity consumed by the IT equipment, roughly the same amount again is consumed by cooling and further building and plant technology. The PUE represents the energy consumed in the data centre in relation to the energy consumption of the computer: The closer the PUE value gets to one, the more efficient the data centre is. In industrial applications, a PUE value of 1.4 is regarded as excellent while large IT service provider with optimized systems reach values of 1.2 or less.

The data centre is too cold

The IT managers surveyed indicated that they operate their data centres at an average of temperature of 15.5°C. According to IDC, there are enormous savings potentials in this area. Instead of cooling entire rooms, it is more efficient to work with direct cooling within the rack or in the individual aisles. As a result, a higher overall temperature is allowed in the room, reducing the costs of cooling.

Greater reliability needed

Existing redundancy concepts are often out-of-date and not sufficiently reliable to ensure the high level of availability that customers expect in today’s competitive market environment. 24% percent of the IT administrators questioned cited redundant infrastructure as the key area in need of modernising. Overall, only 46% of IT experts assess the viability of their own IT as very high. Nevertheless, the majority (79%) of IT decision-makers believe that none of the demands is insurmountable.

Investment backlog in the data centre

The participants surveyed reported that their data centres were an average of 6.9 years old. With this age it is already difficult to use modern IT equipment as they have a higher energy density and must be highly available. For example, the energy efficiency of IT components and the cooling concepts for racks and server rooms have evolved considerably in recent years. This creates demand for IT modernisation.

New technologies are changing IT strategy

IT systems need to evolve continuously so that a company’s own data centre will also be able to meet such business needs as greater agility and cost efficiency in future. Six out of ten companies would like to meet the new market requirements with public or hybrid cloud capacity, but they shy away from the risks. This means, for example, a greater focus on in-house data centres, which are operated by the company itself and offer private cloud solutions. More than 75% of managers expect a modified IT strategy, either due to mobile computing or as a result of Big Data.

This research has shown that IT is an important factor in achieving business goals. This means that many companies are willing to invest in technologies such as cloud, Big Data, or mobile computing. The key to success is having one’s own data centre, as aspects such as reliability and availability have a high priority”, says Dirk Miller, Rittal’s Executive Vice President, Marketing.

“IT infrastructures need to be renewed to keep pace with the market. The question is whether to modernise or to rebuild”, explains Bernd Hanstein, Vice President Product Management IT at Rittal. “We see a great deal of potential in efficient, adaptive cooling concepts. Then IT managers can fully exploit the advantages of greater flexibility and reductions in ancillary costs.”

Modular data centres increase agility

The concept of a modular data centre helps companies achieve greater agility and scalability. This permits shorter product life cycles, as well as the more rapid commissioning of new systems or implementation of new regulations. Even if these concepts are still relatively new on the market, awareness of them is growing. According to IDC, this market segment has recorded double-digit growth in recent years. In EMEA, investments worth hundreds of millions amounts have been made.

“Modular data centres are a rational way of meeting current business challenges. The preconfigured modules or containers tend to be more cost effective than newly built conventional data centres, and they can be set up within a few weeks”, explains Chris Ingle, Vice President, IDC.

The study is available at http://www.rittal.com/idc-whitepaper

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Rittal make IT work for Sovereign

How to overcome the common problem of structural pillars or columns when designing a data centre space? Independent IT service and business solution specialist SDC (Part of the Sovereign Business Integration Group) encountered this challenge when developing their data centre in Hertfordshire.

Rittal offered the unique approach of incorporating the columns into the cabinets and cooling system. Fully sealing columns into cabinets and aisle containment systems can deliver improved efficiency in areas that are not conducive to efficient airflow, as well as utilising the maximum floor space available.
Completing phase two of the ground floor data hall, comprising of a further 80 Rittal TS IT Cabinets and 4 Cold Aisle pods, Rittal were able to solve the problem through a bespoke cold aisle pelmet based system. Cable management was used to good effect within the racks.

Cold aisle containment technology from Rittal maintains constant temperatures and precise humidity levels, ensuring all key functions are maintained.

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Rittal Cooling Units for Quiet Environments

Rittal’s ‘Blue e’ cooling units are usually found controlling the temperature within enclosures in workshops or on shop floors in the industrial sector where noise level is largely irrelevant as they cannot be heard above other equipment in these noisy environments.
In situations such as laboratories, offices or other more peaceful areas where cooling is required, Rittal’s TopTherm ‘Blue e’ roof-mounted cooling unit range successfully provide cooling where excessive noise would be an irritant to personnel working close to an enclosure.

With nominal outputs of 1.1 kW, Rittal roof-mounted cooling units for office applications offer viable solutions when it may have been assumed they would simply be too noisy.

Rittal’s ‘Blue e’ cooling units benefit from the intelligent and targeted use of energy, electronically commutated (EC) fan technology and are proven to achieve energy savings of up to 45%. Nano-coated condenser coils negate the need for filters and an integrated electric condensate evaporator maintains an efficient supply of cooling for longer periods of time extending maintenance intervals.

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Proven protection for data centres

Rittal has updated the DET-AC III product family, comprising the DET-AC III Master fire alarm and extinguisher system, the complementary DET-AC III Slave unit and the EFD III early fire detection solution. All three are available in the form of 19’’ slide-in racks.

Significant enhancements have been made to the DET-AC III Master. The system now features a CAN bus interface for direct integration with the Rittal CMC (Computer Multi Control) III monitoring solution. This provides administrators with much more detailed information on the status of installations and incoming alerts.

A new USB interface greatly simplifies service and maintenance of the DET-AC III. This allows service technicians to view information on operational status and events, modify configurations, reset service intervals, or install new firmware from a laptop, without opening the enclosure.

Taking up one U in a 19’’ rack featuring a two-stage smoke extraction system, two highly sensitive optical sensors detect even the smallest smoke particles at very early stages and can sound an alarm from 0.25 per cent obscuration per meter. If the first sensor detects smoke aerosols, a pre-alarm is issued. If the second sensor also detects smoke, the main alarm is triggered and the extinguisher is activated.

Using the 3M NOVEC™ 1230 fire suppression solution, the system was the first in its class to successfully pass comprehensive VdS testing. It is environmentally friendly, does not conduct electricity and does not damage IT equipment.

All systems are available for immediate shipment and replace previous versions.

 

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Rittal provide state of art technology for flooded airflow cooling solution

Rittal have recently provided high quality TS IT server racks, with a customised chimney venting solution, for data centre provider Datum who required cost effective cooling technology when developing their flagship Farnborough facility.

After research Rittal’s roof mounted chimney module, a one piece duct assembly on top of the TS IT enclosure for airflow management, was found to work perfectly with the patented ecofris cooling solution from Keysource.
A reliable passive system requiring no fans or electrical connections, the chimney module permits the hot and cold air to be separated efficiently, eliminating the hot aisle, as the exhausted heat is contained within the chimney system.

Utilising Rittal chimney modules allowed the cooling system in the room to work to its’ full potential, delivering a PUE of 1.2 or less, achievable even with a partial load.

Dominic Phillips, MD of Datum said “The result is a complete alignment of our energy efficient goals with those of our clients delivering a reduced carbon footprint and cost”.

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Rittal offer International Service and System Support

Consisting of products, engineering tools and customer support, ‘Rittal – The System’ is completed with Rittal International Service.  A total of 64 subsidiaries, more than 150 service partners and over 1,000 service technicians guarantee a local service and fast response times.

Rittal International Service now offer tailored service agreements to protect production processes and safeguard productivity that will maintain the value of equipment and systems, minimise downtime and allow costs to be managed over the long-term.

Select from  a wide-range of available service packages, including Basic, Comfort, Advanced, Full and Customised. The packages offer various options for availability of Rittal support, response time, spare parts availability, maintenenace visits and extended warranty.
Rittal’s cooling products situated in harsh industrial environments consistently demonstrate high quality and reliability. Regular preventative maintenance leads to longer product service life for increased equipment profitability. Also available Rittal’s warranty extensions between one and three years will provide reassurance for a total warranty period of up to five years

Simply call, send an e-mail or visit http://www.rittalservice.co.uk/customer-service
for 24 hour international assistance.

 

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Rittal’s Efficient cooling solutions lower PUE for Node4

Utilising the latest in energy efficient cooling technonology from Rittal has dramatically lowered PUE at Node4’s latest datacentre at Northampton.

Space for future growth, using the latetst in energy efficient technology, is key to the long term strategy for the site. Working closely with Rittal, Node4 were able to maximise IT floor space using CoolWall technlogy, Cold Aisle Containment and Rittal’s TS IT racks, along with managed Power Distribution Units.

CoolWall was selected over traditional CRAC based cooling as the larger coils increased capacity of cooling whilst driving down running costs at elevated temperatures.

Designed to dramatically reduce PUE and improve the overall efficiency of the data centre, the system offered a further benefit of separate fans for ease of maintenance.

Rik Williams of Node4 said “Working in partnership with Rittal we were able to utilise their technical expertise and speed of supply to deliver the most cost effective solution”.

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iomart Wins Data Centre Excellence Award from Rittal

Cold Aisle Containment Technology Optimises Power Efficiency in iomart DCs

iomart (AIM:IOM), one of the UK and Europe’s leading cloud companies, has been recognised by global systems provider Rittal for its innovative approach to data centre technology.
iomart uses Rittal TS IT enclosure systems in its data centres to provide the optimum environment to host the servers and network requirements of its customers. iomart was the first data centre operator to use Rittal’s I/0 Cold Isle Containment System which provided a 50 per cent increase in cooling efficiency from the day it was installed.

Shane Hope, IT Sales Director for Rittal, said: “This award recognises iomart’s superb technical approach to efficiency and control within its data centres. We have a great long-term relationship with iomart and continue to provide it with the innovative products that help it provide mission-critical infrastructure for businesses and organisations throughout UK and Europe.”

iomart is about to complete work on increasing the capacity of its data centre in Maidenhead by a further 600+ racks to meet greater demand for data storage. It is utilising Rittal Cold Aisle Containment to accommodate high density power draw within the new racks.

Neil Johnston, Group Technical Operations Director for iomart, said: “Rittal provides us with consistently innovative technology. For our most recent expansion in Maidenhead they’ve provided us with the most energy efficient systems to optimise our new cooling technology.”

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Rittal’s new Service Website

In recognition of the growing importance of “Service in the field” Rittal has enhanced its’ service capability with the launch of a new dedicated website.

http://www.rittalservice.co.uk/customer-service,

Offering customers the ability to access essential information quickly and easily, the new web site enables clients to learn more about Rittal’s flexible service agreements and to request an engineer, ensuring reduced response times.

Containing a comprehensive library of manuals, allowing quick and easy access to hundreds of documents, the new website also features a spare parts selector to help clients and panel builders identify the correct spares and be confident quality products are used.

Underlining Rittal’s commitment to work in partnership with customers, the new website will provide a means to achieve a fast response in case of breakdown and reduce unnecessary downtime cost.

“We hope that anyone using Rittal’s International Service website will find that Rittal offers service expertise unparalleled in the industry” said Nick Turner, Rittal’s Service Manager.

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