Case Study: Multi Power Makes The Grade For University

The modular Multi Power proves the ideal solution to upgrade end of life power protection at a leading research university.

Established in 1963, the University of East Anglia is a public research institution on the outskirts of Norwich. It is ranked 27th and 30th in the UK respectively by the prestigious Guardian University Guide 2023 and The Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024, and is renowned for the quality of its research.

Located two miles from the city centre, the university’s 320 acre (120 hectare) campus is home to four faculties and 26 schools of study, with a particular emphasis in the fields of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Medicine and Health Sciences.

It also features two data centres that house the critical IT infrastructure essential to the university’s day-to-day operations, including servers, storage, networking, and high performance computing.

Nearly 17,000 students, as well as more than 3,500 lecturers, researchers, and support staff, access services digitally, so any disruption to the computer systems or other IT networks could have a catastrophic impact across the campus.

Replacement UPS Required

The UPS systems protecting both data centres were approaching their end of service life. So the university tasked Technical Power & Maintenance Ltd, a long-standing Riello UPS reseller and service partner, with specifying a replacement.

Our modular Multi Power proved the ideal option, with the replacement phased to ensure both data centres weren’t out of action at the same time.

First up, the failing UPS was swapped with a 252 kVA system comprising two 126 kVA MPW units housing 3 x 42 kW modules, along with two battery cabinets.

The second replacement involved swapping three 80 kVA UPS with another two 210 kVA MPWs each housing 5 x 42 kW power modules.

Both UPS systems were successfully installed with no impact to the university’s ongoing services.