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Aqua Debut At US Super Computing Expo

Aqua Group is to make its debut at a world-leading super computer conference SC16 in Salt Lake City, USA, in November

The Fareham-based engineering firm’s Texas-based sister company, rack and Data Center Cooling specialist QCooling, will be exhibiting Aqua’s award-winning British technology alongside Silicon Valley IT client Nautilus Data Technologies at Super Computing 2016 (SC16).

Last year the companies signed a multi-million dollar contract to design, supply and in-stall the innovative cooling system on Nautilus’ ground-breaking waterborne floating data centre concept.

SC16 provides the perfect opportunity for the companies to showcase their innovative data centre storage solutions to the international super computing community and US markets, as both rear door coolers and the leak prevention system (LPS) will be on show at booth #4259.

Aqua Cooling’s LPS technology, which won a 2015 Queens Award for Enterprise: Innovation, offers game-changing cooling systems to the international Data Centre market.

It provides the world’s highest liquid cooling rack-based solution, ideal both for new builds and retrofit, as well as hot spot removal. The system can be tailored to fit any rack and completely bespoke versions are available.

Central to the Aqua product offering is its unique and patented LPS, which enables clients to benefit from all the efficiency advantages of a water cooled system but with a 100 per cent leak free guarantee.

Mike West, Data Centre Projects Manager for Aqua Cooling, said: “We are delighted that QCooling is exhibiting with Nautilus at SC16. Our combined storage solutions are world-class and I believe that together we have one of the most innovative data centre storage offers available on the international market.

“This conference is the ideal showcase for our technology and will help build QCooling’s existing business in the US and beyond.”

Energy efficient solutions are at the heart of the Aqua ethos. Its rear door cooling system can use natural, renewable resources such as river, sea and bore-hole water. This feature was particularly attractive to Nautilus, whose prototype launched in the iconic San Francisco Bay – an area susceptible to drought. The system recycles river water by passing it through a heat exchanger to cool the data centre equipment and then returns 100 per cent pure water to the source.

SC16, billed as “The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis”, takes place in the Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, from 14 to 17 November. QCooling and Nautilus will be in booth #4259.

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Pitching Aqua’s Tent Under The Emirati Sun

Making inroads into the international marketplace is a key business strategy for Aqua — we pride ourselves on delivering the best in quality, design, and energy-efficiency, and these high standards have helped cement our global success.

Armed with a long-term plan and patience, we set our sights on the Middle Eastern horizon and in 2009 Aqua began knocking on doors in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Convinced that the key to these markets was forging the right partnerships, we identified potential business opportunities, most notably in the data centre sector and oil and gas industries.

This marked the start of an important journey for us: as a gateway to the Arab world and a significant EMEIA economy, the UAE represents a lucrative export market for UK companies.

With a number of projects currently underway, Aqua has installed state-of-the-art eco-friendly cooling systems in Masdar City, a government-sponsored pre-planned carbon-free desert city development in Abu Dhabi designed around sustainability principles with the aim of relying on solar and other renewable energies to become an environmentally-friendly, fully-sustainable hub for clean tech companies into the foreseeable future.

We are also proud that Aqua’s cooling systems have been installed by a leading Middle East finance company: Al Baraka Banking Group has incorporated our Rear Door Coolers (with LPS) into its new Bahrain bank data centre — and our specialised technology brings added local benefits as it has the flexibility to use the district chiller water supply if the community’s distribution network fails in the searing ambient heat.

And these aren’t the only businesses to benefit from sustainable, efficient and dependable cooling solutions despite desert temperatures that regularly soar above 50°C. Aqua’s bespoke products consistently offer industry the reliable reassurance of ultimate peace of mind: they are tailor-made to suit companies operating in an essentially hostile environment, and our Queen’s Award-winning Leak Prevention System (LPS) technology effectively eliminates the threat of water-related system damage, leaks and seepage.

That’s not to say it’s all been plain sailing in the Gulf region — like many good things, Aqua’s Middle East export success has thrown up many challenges, not least understanding business practices and traditions so different from the UK-norm…

Our determination to gain a thorough knowledge of this region and its modern-day industries by fostering a deep understanding of Arabic realities — its history, its peoples, its rich culture — is what sets us apart as a valued business partner. We are delighted that Aqua has now teamed up with EMC to strengthen our existing relationships and forge new connections with the Arab world.

As we continue to consolidate our presence throughout the UAE, we are in an increasingly strong position to expand our focus further east towards China. Having already gained a toe-hold in the US marketplace, Aqua really is going global — and that’s cool with us.

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