Anglo American has consolidated three separate data rooms into one smaller, more efficient and easier to monitor data centre.
This project has allowed the globally diversified mining business to reduce floor space used at its Marshall Street head office in Johannesburg by more than 50%, while also improving air conditioning power consumption by at least 20%.
“By migrating three separate server rooms into one, Anglo American has managed to reduce floor space from between 200 m2 to 300m2 to around 100m2,” says Ritesh Ramtahal, accommodation manager at Anglo American in South Africa. “We have also significantly shrunk the more than 15 years’ worth of cabling used, creating a far neater, more manageable space.”
The migration was undertaken by Datacentrix, which also supplied the new data centre’s cold aisle containment solution, copper, fibre and electrical infrastructure, a CCTV system, and the lighting infrastructure within the new, optimised space.
In addition, says Gys Malan, account manager: Infrasol at Datacentrix, the company was tasked with managing a number of additional suppliers affiliated to the project. “Datacentrix was involved in the physical building of the new datacentre space – from construction and access control, right through to air conditioning and fire suppression.”