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Issue Date: September 2007

Internet Solutions upgrades Cape Town Data Centre

1 September 2007

Internet Solutions (IS) has opened its upgraded International Data Centre (IDC) in Cape Town. The 800m² power room, installed by Dimension Data, provides increased capacity to ensure 100% uptime for IS customers.
Greg Montjoie, manager for Hosted Solutions at IS, says an additional 300m² data centre space is planned for September. "After the power outages experienced in Cape Town during last year we wanted to ensure we could maintain IS' 100% uptime record and this called for an upgrade to our power plant."
With no disruption to customer services during the nine month project, Dimension Data installed:
* Three 1250 KVA generators.

* Nine 400 KVA uninterrupted power supplies (UPS).

* Two 9000 litre diesel tanks.

* Two cooling towers weighing 10 tons each.
"We estimate this power upgrade will handle our needs for at least the next 10 years," says Montjoie. "And although our customers have never experienced an outage of service in the IS Cape Town IDC over the past five years, it is clear that the demands on the local power grid may prove problematic in the future. Upgrading the utilities in Cape Town also prompted a 300m² data centre space expansion. However, due to increased business demands, it is already fully allocated so we are doubling this starting in September."
The upgrade of data centre space involved installing a cooling system and deploying state of the art structuring cabling and more than 5000 network points.
Concludes Montjoie; "As with all our data centres, IS is constantly improving hosting services for our customers and that includes the supporting infrastructures."


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