June 10, 2014
CommScope has partnered with Hydrogenics Corp. to provide what it describes as an indoor backup power offering for data centres.
Believed to be the first-of-its-kind, the scalable indoor fuel cell can provide up to 30 kilowatts (kW) of “environmentally-friendly” backup power to enterprise computing systems.
Hydrogenics designs, manufactures and installs industrial and commercial hydrogen systems.
“Power loss can affect lines of businesses and impact the ability to maintain service level performance with customers,” said George Brooks, senior vice president, enterprise product and market management with CommScope. “This provides an efficient level of reliable backup power as an alternative to traditional generators or large battery racks that can take up lots of space in the data centre.”
According to a release from the two companies, multiple power racks can be installed to scale in 30kW increments and sustain a variable runtime from hours to days, based on customer requirements and hydrogen tank options.
With the width of a standard server cabinet and the height of two metres, the cabinet can fit at the end of a data centre row without taking up a large amount of real estate.