Case Study

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USystems Successfully Delivers Critical Data Center Infrastructure to Three UK Head Office

Project at a Glance

Project Type: New Head Office Facility

Location: Reading, United Kingdom

Equipment Installed: Customised 43U USpace 5210 Racks and EDGE-3 Soundproof MDC

Customer Benefits:

  • Secure Data Centre Infrastructure
  • Customised rack solutions to ensure white-space optimisation
  • Energy efficient, plug and play modular data centres, enabling flexibility should the customer require to expand.

The Customer

Three UK looked to USystems and Datacom to effectively deliver IT enclosures for the new head office facility in the UK. The build consisted of a main data centre comprised of 48 Racks.

The racks needed to be of several different custom cable management specifications as well as a bespoke height, to fit into a small lift and maximise the effectiveness of equipment on site. The USystems Design and Engineering team completed the custom designs on a short timeline, and the USystems Operations Team built and delivered the racks to schedule without any issues or delays.

The design also included 3 x smaller comms rooms for which the EDGE-3 MDC was selected for flexibility on site with its built-in cooling and sound proofing capabilities. The width of 780mm frame made them easy to deploy and the addition of a 300mm deep extension frame allowed them more space for cable management and PDUs.

The Datacom Team project managed the delivery and on-site installation, having a team on site made for simple effective communication and an issue free project.

The Datacom project management was also vital in liaising between USystems and Three to ensure the bespoke cable management was ideal for site.

The expert team at Three helped both USystems and Datacom in delivering a successful project.

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Final Product Supply:

EDGE-3 Soundproof Micro Data Center

Simple ‘plug and play’ EDGE-3 solution is supplied pre-configured from the factory with built-in intelligence and an energy efficient air-cooling system for effortless installation and customer convenience.

The EDGE-3 is an excellent all round 19” data, comms and server cabinet, with adjustable front and rear mounting angles and six cable entry ports, but uniquely will reduce equipment noise up to 28.5dBA (99.9%) of IT noise, while providing a thermal load capacity of 12kW.

To accommodate greater depth IT equipment such as some of the latest high power servers. The extension kit enables these to be housed in the EDGE-3 by giving an additional 300mm depth to accommodate this type of deeper, specialist equipment.

5210 Data Center Rack Solution

The versatile aluminium framed USpace 5210 Data Center Rack Cabinet Solution is designed to meet the demands of ever-increasing equipment densities while maintaining benefits in cabling access and ease of installation. The 43U rack comes with a superior venting AirTech ‘V’ front door with 86% airflow, and vented wardrobe rear doors, able to open 180° for ease of access. The 5210 rack solution offers unique flexibility via multi depth mounting angle kit with infinite adjustment rails. Three UK incorporated various configurations for their cable management and accessories for true networkoptimisation.

Challenges and Solutions


Bulk faced the following challenges:

  • How to design a solution for a colocation customer when specific IT technology, density or rack configuration is not known.
  • How to cater for the current GPU trend requiring 40-50kW+ per rack, while also considering future tech upgrades that could scale to even higher densities including Direct Liquid Cooling (DLC).
  • Find a flexible solution that allows its customer the option to select and bring in their own racks of different sizes and manufacturers.
  • Maximise operational efficiency through optimised airflow and heat rejection.
  • Reduce time for white space fit out and customer deployment by pre-installing and testing all cooling components.


The ColdLogik solution:

  • Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) of over 100 at maximum capacity.
  • Average 15% reclaimed power for Compute by comparison to traditional cooling.
  • Potential Cooling PUE available of 1.035 with RDC.
  • Over 50,000 trees worth of carbon saved per 1MW ColdLogik deployment.
  • Adaptive Intelligence that controls the whole room temperature.
  • Higher water temperatures reduce the need for mechanical cooling, whilst maintaining ASHRAE A1 temperatures.


Data Center Products 

that Exceed Expectations

Discover the High Performing Data Center products, including ColdLogik Rear Door Coolers – RDHx, ColdLogik InRow Cooler, ColdLogik & EDGE LX Plant.
Rear Door Heat Exchanger

CL21 Passive Rear Door Heat Exchanger

The CL21 Passive RDHx offers high-performance cooling at zero-operational cost.

ColdLogik CDU

Efficiency, reliability, and innovation define our CDU.
Server Cabinet

USpace - 4210 Cabinet

Cost-effective and versatile Rack, adapts to diverse applications, offering ease and flexibility.
InRow Coolers

CL80 600W InRow Cooler

Precision cooling solutions for aisle containment, ensuring optimal performance.
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Server Cabinet

USpace - 5210 Cabinet

High-density design with flexible configuration for evolving IT environments.
InRow Coolers

CL80 300W InRow Cooler

The highest cooling capacity available in a footprint of a chilled water InRow.


Data Center Solutions
that Exceed Expectations

Get in touch with us at USystems Ltd to join the journey towards more efficient and sustainable data centers. Our leading and innovative technologies are designed to help you use less energy and reduce your carbon footprint on a global scale. Contact us now to explore how we can work together for a greener future.
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