Q9 designs, builds and operates its own systems for continuous power and cooling distribution within its data centres. These systems are engineered to operate each data centre at 100% capacity with at least N+1 redundancy. Through Q9's capacity reservation system, a dedicated portion of the capacity of these systems is reserved for each customer.
Q9's power generators are an integral part of each data centre. Public utility power provides an economic alternative to running onsite generators on a continuous basis. During a public utility outage, Q9 power systems manage the automatic switch-over from public utility power to Q9 generated power. Uninterruptible power systems condition power from the public utility system and Q9 generators to protect customer equipment.
Multiple onsite storage systems provide fuel for Q9 generators. Online refueling systems ensure generators are provided with a continuous fuel supply in the event of extended outages of public utility power.
Cooling systems are engineered to meet the demands of modern high-density computer hardware. Air handling systems constantly monitor and adjust temperature and humidity to ensure maximum reliability and effective cooling for customer equipment while also ensuring optimal energy efficiency.
Given the critical nature of Q9 and customer operations, extensive, zoned, very early warning smoke detection systems operate throughout all Q9 data centres. These systems analyze air samples for signs of possible combustion and enable Q9 operations to pinpoint a fire threat virtually before it starts. Dry-pipe, pre-action sprinkler systems are deployed in all Q9 data centres. Clean agent fire suppression systems are also deployed in certain data centres.