Sparkle a subsidiary of Telecom Italia (TIM), has announced the completion of its Istanbul data center expansion and renovation with the adoption of energy efficient equipment.
While expanding the facility by a total of 3,230 square feet, the company carried out several energy-related upgrades which it said would improve the data center’s environmental sustainability, reliability and efficiency.
Updates that resulted to an improved average Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) involve replacement of the power system with optimized components such as, Medium and Low Voltage (MV and LV) transformers, generators, uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs), and batteries. Sparkle also introduced a new cooling system which it said could increase capacity by 40 percent while reducing consumption by 14 percent.
Sparkle claims to be the first in Turkey to introduce Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in its premises in 2018, becoming the first Green Data Center in the country.
In Comparison to the traditional lead-acid batteries commonly used in UPSs, Li-ion batteries offer over double the lifespan with 60-80% reduced weight and about one-third of the footprint. Also, Li-ion batteries do not require ventilation or frequent maintenance, resulting in reduced cooling capacity and sustainable environmental impact.
Located in Yenibosna, west Istanbul, Sparkle’s data center is one of the largest and vital open colocation facilities in Turkey, featuring in-market technologies and monitoring systems. This infrastructure is served by Seabone, Sparkle’s Tier 1-grade Global IP Transit service.
“Sparkle’s interventions in this facility confirm the company’s commitment to offer a full range of integrated ICT solutions and global connectivity to service providers and to multinational and domestic enterprises seeking for sustainable, secure and best-in-breed infrastructure for their mission-critical IT systems,” the company said.
In addition, the Data Center updates included the renovation of fire and safety systems, to provide customers with an infrastructure that is fully compliant with regulation on customer data security and privacy.