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Hi-tech composite covers for hi-tech cloud-computing facilities

News International-French

1 Apr 2015

Designed to be a “fit-and-forget” product, they are maintenance-free, lightweight, durable and very strong as a matter of course.

The rapid growth of content-heavy mobile applications and cloud-computing means that the demand for efficient and secure computer hardware to store data is growing exponentially every year. As a result, dedicated data centres to house the legions of networked computers required to keep this online world turning are being built in almost every corner of the world. And Fibrelite composite covers are in the midst of this hi-tech building boom.

David Holmes, Technical Director at Fibrelite, explained: “Cloud storage facilities require miles and miles of fibre-optic cabling which is installed in protective but readily-accessible concrete trenches so that impaired sections can be swiftly replaced – or more cables added, as storage companies are incorporating extension plans into their new-builds. Data Centre Requirements – Easy Access at all Times

“Then, in order to maintain optimum hardware performance, each server room requires additional electrical power and battery backup systems to operate vital environmental and mechanical controls such as continuous cooling, fire and security alarms. These too require their own cabling in their own identifiable, readily-accessible trench.

So taking all this into account, it’s no surprise that designers are specifying from the outset lightweight composite trench covers which can be quickly and easily removed by hand.”

Fibrelite composite trench covers are available in a range of sizes and load ratings. Designed to be a “fit-and-forget” product, they are maintenance-free, lightweight, durable and very strong as a matter of course. Custom-made solutions are available on request and covers can also be moulded in virtually any colour or colour-combination to incorporate logos; branding or even to identify the specific service that can be accessed via a particular cover.

More information:www.fibrelite.com