American Power Conversion’s (APC) InfraStruXure architecture is assisting the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), Africa’s largest airports authority, maintain its required uptime of services at over 99,8%.

ACSA operates South Africa's ten principal airports, including the three major international airports at Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. The other seven are the domestic airports of Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth, East London, George, Kimberley, Upington and Pilanesberg.
Says Roy Louw, senior engineer at ACSA’s IT&T department: “ACSA’s responsibility as an airports authority is to create airports with world-class infrastructure. Such infrastructure will include facilities, systems, services and resources that will aid arriving and departing passengers in making their journey through the airports seamless.
“Currently all operational business functions within ACSA are transforming to embrace the global ACSA strategy, its mission and goals. IT has initiated the  transformational process by renewing its landscape such that it supports integration and responsiveness to all operational areas. In doing so, an uptime of 99,8% of all IT infrastructure needs to be guaranteed.
"The N+1 UPS system is seen as the link into providing the power solution to an unstable source. All the above to ensure the IT infrastructure could assist in ACSA realising its mission and vision, which are to manage world class airports for the benefit of all stakeholders and to be a world leading airport business respectively.”
InfraStruXure incorporates all of the components of network-critical physical infrastructure (NCPI), the physical foundation upon which IT and telecommunications depend – power, cooling, security and fire protection, cabling, as well as management and servicing, into a rack-optimised format.
The solution’s modular, on-demand architecture allows companies to lower total cost of ownership, decrease downtime due to human error and maintain system resiliency.
“Features such as the hot-swappable uninterruptible power supply (UPS) and battery units with no downtime required, real time fault reports and ease of swapping faulty units were also appealing to ACSA. We required N+1 redundancy, which InfraStruXure could provide, along with a working remote monitoring function,” says Louw.
“InfraStruXure also offered a more cost-effective TCO to some traditional data centre setups which are larger in size and more difficult to replace.”
Neill Schreiber, country sales manager at APC SA, adds: “In terms of TCO, InfraStruXure’s on-demand design prevents oversizing and lowers cost, while its standardised modules minimise one-time engineering costs.
“Of particular importance to ACSA was the benefit of built-in redundancy that eliminates the need to buy a second UPS. In addition, InfraStruXure’s
integrated cabling and cooling eliminates the need for raised floors within data centres.
“InfraStruXure allows users to install only what is required today, yet easily scale to meet future demands. It also increases system availability while decreasing design and install time from months to days,” he says.