Vertiv Future-Proofs Data Centre Infrastructure of a Malaysian Water Distribution Firm

Vertiv, formerly Emerson Network Power, has installed its SmartRow™ Plus data centre in the new facility of Malaysia’s Syarikat Air Darul Aman (SADA) Sdn. Bhd., a water distribution provider in Malaysia. The new equipment was installed in close collaboration with Vertiv partner FPS (M) Sdn. Bhd. in SADA’s Alor Setar office.

SADA expects to have reduced total cost of ownership (TCO) with the SmartRow™ Plus data centre and lessen the physical footprint of their IT network. The new facility would also make possible future expansions as their needs arise.

SADA , a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kedah Darul Aman that serves thousands of residents in the region of Kedah, set out to upgrade their IT infrastructure. They only had a small server room in their new office facility to house a new server. SADA ICT technician Muahamad Fauzi B. Haji Romli said the need to provide better service to customers prompted them to upgrade their current IT facility.

“We didn’t want to hamper our operations with our upgrades. Speed and flexibility and efficiency were the main considerations in going after an integrated infrastructure,” Romli said.

SADA explored several vendors and solutions prior to choosing Vertiv, which worked closely with partner FPS (M) Sdn. Bhd. to build SADA’s new infrastructure. Lee Chiun Lin, FPS sales manager, said SmartRow Plus was selected as the best solution to overcome SADA’s space and cooling constraints. The final set up for SADA consisted of eight racks, fully integrated with power, thermal and monitoring solutions in a small footprint.

In addition, SmartRow Plus is flexible, with provisions to increase capacity if and when SADA requires over a long period. It features high efficiency cooling that can significantly reduce heat, high availability that could save as much as 30 percent, modularity for flexibility and expansion, and an integrated monitoring and control.

“We chose SmartRow Plus because it offered the best solution for SADA’S needs. It was effective in terms of energy savings and efficiency,” Lee said.”

The entire project only took two months to complete with very little downtime in the operation of SADA as the new equipment were being installed.

“We were looking for a complete solution and the SmartRow Plus was the only one that met our requirements for a total data centre package,” Romli said.

Hitesh Prajapti, country manager of Vertiv in Malaysia, said SADA’s selection of Vertiv is a great testimony to our ability to support critical industries like utilities who need speed, efficiency, and flexibility.

“The team at SADA valued the fully integrated solutions not only for the technology benefits but also for the relatively short deployment time with minimal disruptions to their business operations” Prajapti said. “We ae confident that this solution will deliver great savings as they desired. Even now, they have got immediate benefits from the space optimization that this approach provides.”

Read more about SADA’s initiatives and how Vertiv helped them upgrade their IT infrastructure to suite customer needs.

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About Vertiv
Vertiv designs, builds and services critical infrastructure that enables vital applications for data centers, communication networks and commercial and industrial facilities. Formerly Emerson Network Power, Vertiv supports today’s growing mobile and cloud computing markets with a portfolio of power, thermal and infrastructure management solutions including the ASCO®, Chloride®, Liebert®, NetSure™ and Trellis™ brands. Sales in fiscal 2016 were $4.4 billion. For more information, visit

About SADA

Syarikat Air Darul Aman (SADA) Sdn. Bhd. ensures the delivery of clean, quality water to the residents of Kedah in Malaysia. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kedah Darul Aman and is the successor to the Kedah Water Supply Department, which was incorporated on January 1, 2010. SADA’s mission is to provide clean water, abiding by the standards set by the World Health Organization.

About FPS (M) Sdn. Bhd.
FPS today has evolved to become a name synonymous with the high-tech industry in Malaysia. FPS has expanded in tandem with the advent of Malaysia’s IT industry boom. FPS Group of Companies has over 80 employees located at our Kuala Lumpur Head Office, Subsidiary Offices in Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, and Branch Offices/Service Partners located in Penang, Kuantan, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching in Malaysia.



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