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Avara Foods

Avara Foods are a leading UK food business that has been delivering quality fresh and convenience food solutions to the UK retail and food service sectors for over six decades.

Their Brackley based operation was being expanded further and a key component of the development work was the relocation of the data centre as part of a plan to improve the overall efficiency of the estate layout.

Requirement

Following the successful delivery of a disaster recovery server room in 2016, 2bm was approached to discuss additional requirements for the main on-site data centre.

Challenges in delivering the project included a Christmas deadline, a first floor location, live operating conditions and a busy office environment only a few meters from the new room.

Challenge

Avara Foods had a requirement to change the use of a large area into a centre for general day-to-day operations of their growing business. Currently the area was under utilised as it was populated with server and network equipment, therefore there was an urgent requirement to create a new data centre to accommodate the changes.

Having been approached to consult on the project, 2bm set about creating an area in the office environment that was not only fit for purpose but also didn’t take up any unnecessary space.

A practical completion date of 23rd December was set as it was critical that the networks team could move their equipment straight into the new data centre upon their return to work in the New Year.

From a cooling and power perspective 2bm were faced with the all too familiar challenge of a very small day one load compared with a large change by the time six months have rolled around requiring a easily scalable solution.

Result

We were provided with the exact space requested at initial planning phase which made the installation as smooth as possible. Communication from the Avara Foods project team was outstanding which helped 2bm complete the project
on time, further cementing an already excellent working relationship.

Based on the infrastructure plans and space allowances presented to 2bm we were able to design and deliver a scalable in rack cooling solution perfectly tuned to the day one requirements.

In order to streamline future maintenance visits and help reduce ongoing costs we introduced similar cooling power technologies to those installed at the disaster recovery site.

Testimonial

2bm worked efficiently and professionally throughout the whole project giving us total confidence in their ability to deliver under
testing time-scales.

We will definitely be engaging with the 2bm team for our future projects to meet the business demands on IT
as it expands.

Andy Jones, Head of IT

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