Power and Cooling Design

Flexible, redundant power and cooling:

Colt DCS has more than 20 years’ experience designing and operating highly resilient and efficient data centres.

Power and cooling

Operational Excellence and Leading Class Design

Our in-house team focuses on operational excellence and builds all power and cooling infrastructure to an N+1minimum redundancy, with efficient designs aligned to best practice and validated by third parties.

We work with leading vendors to ensure we are always ahead of the curve. By using modular components, we can ensure you only need to pay for what you require today, but can future-proof for tomorrow.

  • Colt DCS’s innovative design also means we can couple your high and low density requirements side by side, and adopt flexible SLAs that match your power and cooling needs
  • Colt DCS works with a standardised modular approach for cooling and UPs that adds scalability and flexibility to your data center designs
  • N+1 electrical and cooling across Colt DCS’ global portfolio
  • Colt DCS’ internal teams have the knowledge and ability to provide reliant and innovative solutions for all power and cooling requirements

Innovative Solutions

Reliant and innovative solutions for your power and cooling requirements:

Colt DCS’ standardised designs mean you can select your UPS requirements and multiple cooling solutions for different geographies and data center needs.

We can adapt our designs – and our datacenters – regardless of whether you are a small retail colocation customer or large wholesale user, to offer greater control over your mission-critical assets.

Each row of racks has redundant bus bars providing an independent path back to the power source.

Colt DCS designs offer:

  • Modular UPS design
  • DX cooling as standard
  • Adiabatic cooling in new designs
  • Hot and cold aisle containment
  • Guaranteed low PUE
  • Energy efficiency and power monitoring using DCIM
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics for build and design

Our designs are based on 12MW of IT sitting on centralised generation with distributed, redundant, standalone UPSs.

N+1 Redundancy

N+1 redundancy ensures your environment is always on

Whether we are designing to be earthquake proof in Japan, or flood proof in Amsterdam, Colt DCS ensures its sites are always on – no matter what the event.

Our People

Our people and skills make the difference

Colt DCS’ in house engineering, design and R&D teams have more than 20 years’ experience building and operating best-in-class datacenters for Colt. This wealth of knowledge means we can serve customers with bespoke requirements, while ensuring your datacenter is always online, and run with the efficiency levels, reducing cost to your business and the environment. Colt DCs works closely with vendors in the market to ensure the right solution is chosen for each datacenter and customer inside.

Colt’s engineers and consultants are there every step through the power and cooling lifecycle. We have a constant dialogue with the people that matter most – you!

Colt DCS operations and mechanical teams follow best practices, including Uptime Institute M&O certification.

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Getting your design right

Colt DCS uses Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) in all our data centre designs to help identify the best fit for your requirements before you move in, and to help you fine-tune your designs through the lifecycle of your deployment.

High Efficiency, Low TCO

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We know energy efficiency and sustainability can be just as much about cost as it can environmental protection.

COLT DCS builds sustainability and efficiency into its designs – from its use of modular UPSs to centralised generation plants and distributed redundant systems that require less materials and maintenance.

We also work with the customer to release trapped electrical capacity in the data centre and make sure environments are right sized for today, with scope for tomorrow’s requirements, meaning we can keep efficiency high, and TCO down.


Transparency is one of our strong points, and monitoring and measuring of power provides insight from the kW hour right down to per kW trends. PUE is measured at all sites and capped PUE ratings are adhered to.

Our modular power and cooling designs mean we can go further than many other providers to ensure our data centres are right sized to meet requirements today, without wasting the resources that will be so important for tomorrow.

Gartner Best Practices

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Gartner Best Practices for Selecting a Colocation Provider

Buyers of colocation services are now commonly interested in far more than simply leasing space. In addition to traditional facility differentiators (eg: power density and resilience), other services (such as interconnection capabilities and managed services) enable colocation to play a more strategic role in global infrastructure delivery and network design.

However, as no two data centre facilities or providers are the same, I&O leaders must approach the colocation market using a structured approach that considers long-term data center strategy, opportunities for consolidation, and the use of a robust framework to determine appropriate suppliers and facilities.

This complimentary Gartner best practice research provides a three-step process and key considerations for selecting colocation facilities and vendors.

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