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Data centers prime target for composite access covers

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As mobile and cloud-based computing expands, data centers increasingly need lightweight, easy-to-handle composite access covers to help manage cabling operations.


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Composites fabricator Fibrelite (Skipton, North Yorkshire, UK; Smithfield, NC, US) reports that 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 significantly every year.  

As a result, the company says its composite covers are in high demand. David Holmes, technical cirector at Fibrelite, explains: “Cloud storage facilities require miles and miles of fiberoptic cabling, which is installed in protective but readily-accessible concrete vaults so that impaired sections can be swiftly replaced – or more cables added, as companies are incorporating extension plans into their first-stage new-builds. Then, in order to maintain optimum hardware performance, each server room requires additional electrical power and battery backup systems to operate its 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.

Designers, therefore, are specifying composite trench covers that can be quickly and easily removed by hand. Fibrelite provides composite covers that can also be molded in virtually any color or color-combination to match a facility’s branding or even to identify the specific underground service that can be accessed via a particular cover.