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Award winners!

The Keysource team have been celebrating after we won a major industry award in partnership with one of our leading clients....
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Keysource attends Data Centre World

On 26th and 27th February, the Keysource team descended upon London ExCeL for Data Centre World 2014, which proved a fantastic experience for all involved....
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Keysource takes the hands-on approach with new app

By placing innovation at the heart of our business, we constantly strive to come up with new solutions to enhance performance and efficiency within the data centre industry....
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Dates for your diary

At Keysource we really enjoy getting out to as many events as possible in order to share our knowledge and expertise, as well as catching up with old friends from across the industry....
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Gale-force Google

Google has recently revealed it will buy the entire electricity output of four new wind farms in Sweden to support its data centre operations in Hamina, Finland. The move follows a similar deal, announced last year, in which Google purchased the entire 10-year electricity ou...
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Keysource continues to grow

It has been a busy period at Keysource headquarters and we are proud to announce we have had 12 new starters join the company over the past two months. We are always looking for the best talent out there, so keep an eye on our career’s page, and get in touch....
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Applauding the UKtech50

On 4th December, Keysource proudly sponsored the fourth annual UKtech50 event in London. The list - published by Computer Weekly - represents the “movers and shakers in UK IT”, and includes CIOs, industry executives, public servants and business leaders driving the role of t...
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Facebook leads the way

Rob Elder, Director at Keysource, says:  “It’s great that a company as large and well known as Facebook has seen the light with regard to the overcooling of data centres. They claim to be using 100% outside air to cool all of their data centres and to have achieved a PUE of ...
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Innovative solutions

By Rob Elder, Director at Keysource...  PECI, an energy efficiency solutions company in Portland, Oregon recently moved in to new offices with a new data centre. The offices, occupying the top three floors of a block, house more than 250 employees and space is at a premium m...
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Amanda Mortimer joins Keysource

Amanda Mortimer has joined our Data Centre Management Solutions team and she brings with her more than 5 years of BMS industry experience. She will be responsible for managing BMS engineering works, BMS support, development and design. Her appointment is part of our commitme...
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Iceland is cool

Rob Elder, Director at Keysource, says: “The announcement by Verne Global that it will operate a data centre in Iceland with 100% renewable energy may well indicate the future direction for data centre cooling globally.  Clearly the location of the data centre, just outside ...
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Tony Baldassarra joins Keysource

Keysource has appointed Tony Baldassarra as Regional Sales Manager as part of an expansion of our sales function. Tony will work with the technical teams to design and specify the right solutions to meet our customers needs. He will be reporting directly to our Director Rob ...
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The next big opportunity for free cooling

The next big step for data centre operators will be to consider removing the chillers altogether to achieve 100 per cent free cooling. However, this does pose a challenge for those facilities that use a direct fresh air approach because it is not only temperature rises that ...
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Dragon Boat Festival 2013

Congratulations to Keysource’s ‘Pirate Power’ team who took part in the Dragon Boat Festival at Tilgate Park in Crawley, West Sussex on 1st September. Keysource were one of 30 teams taking part in the event and finished a respectable 9th place over all. The event was celebra...
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Instagram, Vine and Netflix hit by Amazon glitch

Software problems at one of Amazon's data centres have knocked out several high profile web services. Users of Instagram, Netflix, Vine, Airbnb and several other services reported problems getting through to the services for several hours late on Sunday, 25th August. ...
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The opportunity for DCIM

Through a well-managed Data Centre Infrastructure Management solution, organisations can effectively manage all of their critical systems and infrastructure to achieve a range of business and operational benefits. For example, the ability to identify at the deployment stage ...
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Making the right DCIM choice

Getting the selection right of a suitable Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) tool is critical to ensure you can deliver all the required functionality now and in the future, as well as offer a competitive advantage through innovative and new ways of doing things. A...
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Do we agree what DCIM is?

The Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) market to some has been understandably a bit confusing over the last few years. Many market analysts have tried to define exactly what it is and predict growth rates and trends, whilst many technology service and solution prov...
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Keysource sponsors local football team

Keysource is supporting local football club Horsham Sparrows FC, the town’s only Community Charter Club offering football to boys, girls, men and women of all ages. We have become one of a number of businesses to sponsor the club, with our contribution helping provide traini...
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Keysource confirmed for 2013 Dragon Boat Festival

Keysource will be one of 30 teams competing at the 2013 Dragon Boat Festival, taking place on 1st September at Tilgate Park in Crawley, West Sussex. The event is celebrating its 30th year and will again be raising valuable funds for St Catherine’s Hospice. Our team of skille...
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The new DCIM revolution….or is it?

The well-publicised advent of Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) in recent years would appear on the face of it to be a new invention promising to revolutionise data centre performance. In fact, DCIM has actually existed, in one form or another, since the advent of...
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Unlocking the potential of a data centre

Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM) is not simply about software, but applying data centre expertise to take positive action. By finding the right blend of software tools, expertise, integration and innovation there is an opportunity to achieve dramatic improvements...
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Digital Realty announces results of annual European data centre demand survey

Digital Realty Trust, a leading global provider of data centre solutions, has released key findings from its annual study of the European data centre market. The survey of senior leadership at large corporations in Europe revealed that a strong majority of respondents, 88%, ...
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A smarter algorithm could cut energy use in data centres by 35%

New research suggests that data centres could significantly cut their electricity usage simply by storing fewer copies of files, especially videos. For now the work is theoretical, but over the next year, researchers at Alcatel-Lucent’s Bell Labs and MIT plan to test the ide...
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Data centre consolidation – planning for success

Consolidating your data centre infrastructure to a smaller footprint offers a host of benefits on paper and the potential for immediate efficiency savings and performance improvements that will appeal to many organisations. However, any project should involve the necessary l...
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Design, build and beyond

Developing an effective data centre is not simply about getting the design right, but also the ongoing management to optimise the facility. Data centre facilities management (DCFM) has traditionally been about planned servicing and maintenance, but in recent years the role i...
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Innovative data centre in the North West up for DCS Award

The data centre, designed and built for AIMES Grid Services by Keysource, has been recognised as an industry leading facility after being shortlisted for a Data Centre Solutions Award....
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Cooling key for modular data centres

Probably the most significant design discussion point when considering a modular data centre is cooling. Most current solutions typically utilise fresh air cooling technology, which mostly achieve the level of efficiency owners and operators are looking for....
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Lawes joins Keysource

Keysource has appointed Stephen Lawes as Business Development Manager as part of an expansion of our sales function. He will be reporting directly to our Director Rob Elder and will be tasked with supporting our continued growth within the marketplace. His role will focus on...
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Cloud computing adopted by 57% of major councils

More than half of major councils have adopted cloud computing over the last five years, with more than a third using cloud software to reduce costs or improve engagement with residents, according to a new survey....
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Firms cooling IT costs in Iceland

A growing number of European firms are reducing their costs and their carbon footprints by outsourcing their IT to data centres in Iceland, it has been claimed. A study conducted by Pricewaterhouse Coopers found that the running expenditure of a 10,000 sq ft data centre in t...
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Keysource raises £1,000 for St Catherine’s Hospice

Keysource employees helped raise £1,000 for St Catherine’s Hospice following a raffle held at our head office in Horsham. Raffle prizes were kindly donated by suppliers, partners and members of staff and the draw took place early in the New Year. St Catherine’s Hospice provi...
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Global IT spending to hit $3.7 trillion in 2013

IT spending around the world is likely to hit US$3.7 trillion for the coming year, according to a report from Gartner. The latest projection calls for an increase in spending of 4.2% in 2013, an improvement over Gartner's 3.8% estimate from last year's third quarter. But the...
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Modular data centres to be discussed at DCW 2013

Keysource Director Rob Elder will be discussing modular data centre innovation at next month’s Data Centre World. Modular data centres are increasingly seen as a means of simplifying deployment and reducing costs. However, the latest developments within this space go beyond ...
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Data centres' business priorities in 2013

They'd like to find better ways to increase the agility of their operations, to help their organisations adeptly adjust to rapidly shifting business conditions. They seek new options to do more with less - as in less energy usage. And they realise they face a talent exodus d...
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Green Grid tells data centres to run servers hotter

The Green Grid – which promotes IT efficiency – has urged data centres to operate their servers at higher temperatures and greater humidity, to save energy. Data centres are still operating on old-fashioned principles that waste energy by cooling servers and equipment down t...
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DCIM can help solve the data centre disconnect

Data centres are at risk from a fundamental lack of communication between the IT operations department and the facilities department, according to Forrester analyst Richard Fichera. Speaking at Emerson Network Power's DCIM Delivered event in London recently, Fichera said tha...
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Data centres waste 90% of power drawn

Data centres across the world use about 30 billion watts of electricity, about the same as the output of 30 nuclear power plants, with digital warehouses in the US accounting for between quarter to a third of that load, the New York Times Reported. Those are huge numbers for...
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Cold storage: Iceland bids to become data centre

Iceland is putting itself forward as a model for the future of data storage and home of cloud computing. Presenting a study ‘Islands of Resilience’, the authors say that although cloud computing and data storage are global facilities, companies are discovering that when it c...
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Government has shut 50 data centres since May

The US government has shut 318 data centres since 2010, 50 of them in the past three months, according to updated figures from the Office of Management and Budget recently released....
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Cash in the clouds: Google says CFOs believe in cloud computing

The cloud will save money, reduce costs, and improve efficiency. At least, that’s what top financial experts believe, according to Google. Google recently commissioned a study with 800 CFOs and other top financial executives at companies with 500 or more employees in the U.S...
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Move over PUE - here comes FVER!

Metrics, they are not always perfect, but are a useful tool for us to measure our performance and improvement. PUE is a commonly used metric in the data centre industry, but there is room for more – and one of the most promising is called FVER....
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Getmapping selects award winning 'green' data centre

Increasing demand for Getmapping data services has led to a move to a new data centre. The facility will not only supports greater performance but also has better green credentials. The latter has become an increasing concern for businesses and other organisations using onli...
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Olympic Park set to house giant government data centre

The Olympic Park could become home to a massive data centre as part of a government consolidation project, which could save taxpayers millions by providing a shared service for all 33 London boroughs....
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Sentrum survey confirms continued outsourcing growth

Sentrum has released initial findings from its new research report, which show that outsourcing levels in the data centre sector are continuing to climb.  For the first time since Sentrum began investigating the market in 2008, the report has also been extended to include st...
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Public sector organisations to share IT services to cut costs

Aylesbury Vale district council is to share IT services with Dacorum borough council to help generate savings and create improved and more resilient systems. The two councils already have a memorandum of understanding in place to join forces and deliver IT services under a n...
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NTT Com acquires Gyron

Japanese telecoms giant NTT Comunication (NTT Com) has bolstered its UK channel presence by acquiring an 85 per cent stake in UK datacentre service provider Gyron....
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Keysource to share best practice at DataCentres 2012

Keysource will be presenting about one of the UK's most energy-efficient and technologically advanced data centres at DataCentres 2012 in May. Speaking alongside Mike Turff, Global Compute Resource Manager of Petroleum Geo Services (PGS), Keysource Director Rob Elder will be...
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Keysource Finalist for a GEIT award

Keysource was recently recognised by the prestigious Green Enterprise IT (GEIT) Award. We were joint finalists with University of Leicester in the Facility Retrofit category for the design and build of a high-efficiency data centre to host specialist IT services for research...
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Schneider Electric launches data centre in a box

Schneider Electric has announced the launch of its ‘data centre in a box' solution. The solution is intended to give customers a high standard data centre which can be installed and commissioned in just four weeks. The data centre is supplied preconfigured and pre-tested, an...
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Intel tells data centre customers that 100 degrees isn’t too hot

Intel, the world’s largest maker of computer chips, is telling its data centre customers they can turn up the heat.  Most server and storage computers sit in rooms cooled to a brisk 64 to 69 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 21 C), an effort to avoid hot spots that might cause equip...
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UK Data Centres Won’t Cut Energy In 2012

Most data centres in the UK will not be cutting their energy use in 2012. In fact, three-quarters will be using more electricity, despite pressure from energy costs and green taxes....
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Zero emission, fjord-cooled data centre under construction in Norway

Perhaps inspired by the emerging data centres in Finland, Sweden and Iceland, Norwegian shipping and investment company Smedvig has teamed up with ErgoGroup, Norway’s largest provider of ICT services, to develop Green Mountain, a fjord-cooled data centre that is housed in a ...
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Demand remains strong in the European data centre market

The seventh Jones Lang LaSalle European Data Barometer report released recently indicates that despite current economic uncertainty the supply and demand balance of the European data centre market remains positive. Almost half of the respondents that were surveyed are expect...
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The Green Grid and Open Data Center Alliance form strategic cloud standards collaboration

The Green Grid, the IT industry's leading voice for advancing resource efficiency in data centres and business computing ecosystems, and the Open Data Center Alliance, the leading end-user driven cloud requirements consortium, have announced a strategic collaboration at Clou...
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University of Leicester and Keysource create winning formula

Congratulations to University of Leicester for scooping the leadership in Public Sector category at last night’s Data Centre Leaders Awards. Keysource has worked closely with the university to design, build and manage a sector leading data centre that was not only highly eff...
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Data centre construction to grow in 2012

The government’s planned consolidation of its data centres and the need to improve data centre energy efficiency across the sector is expected to drive growth in data centre construction next year, according to a new report. Build environment research firm AMA Research publi...
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Benefits of Assembly-line techniques for data centres revealed by the Green Grid

Manufacturing techniques that are extensively applied in other industries are now rapidly maturing for the building and deployment of data centres, according to a new report from The Green Grid, the IT industry's leading voice for advancing resource efficiency in data centre...
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Employees help out for World Aids Day

Employees at our office in Horsham were responsible for raising more than £160 for local HIV/AIDS charity AVERT. Three of our team were out in the Carfax area to collect money and hand out red ribbons during last Thursday’s World AIDS Day. We are very pleased to help out suc...
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Hat trick of nominations for Keysource

Keysource has received a hat trick of nominations at this year’s Data Centre Leaders Awards recognising the company’s achievements over the past 12 months. Our design and build projects for ScoLocate and University of Leicester have been nominated for the Innovation in Outso...
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Government's ICT plan will save £1.4bn by 2015, says Maude

The UK government has announced a Strategic Implementation Plan for its ICT strategy which the Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude argues will deliver around £1.4bn in savings within the next four years. The strategy was created by Government's CIO and deputy CIO J...
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Keysource gains Carbon Trust Data Centres Strategic Design Advice (DCSDA) accreditation

Keysource has been recognised by the Carbon Trust and awarded the Data Centres Strategic Design Advice (DCSDA) accreditation.  ...
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UK IT Industry Award Finalist

Keysource is up for a UK IT Industry Award for the second time in three years having been nominated for the Environmental Project of the Year category for the design and build of a highly efficient purpose-built data centre for University of Leicester. We previously scooped ...
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Efficient ICT, Greener Government 2011 Conference

Keysource will be exhibiting at the Efficient ICT, Greener Government 2011 Conference on Wednesday 14th September 2011 at QEII Conference Centre in London. We will be providing guidance and advice to attendees about the benefits of Data Centre Infrastructure Management (DCIM...
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Ross Roberts joins Keysource

We have appointed Ross Roberts as Mechanical Cooling Design Specialist as part of the expansion of our technical services team for key projects. In his new role, Ross will form part of the team that delivers industry-leading data centre solutions with responsibility for the ...
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IT data centres: Growing source of Global carbon emissions

Surprisingly, IT data centres account for an estimated 2% of the world’s total carbon emissions footprint, and this figure is rapidly increasing, according to IT marketing analysis leader Pike Research.

 With IT systems and departments growing at exponential rates, their co...
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Data centres, under strain, expand at furious pace

About a third to half of all data centres will be physically expanding or leasing new space in the next two years, according to recent surveys. These surveys are providing a picture of strains facing the facilities that cradle the digital economy, as well as the pressure dat...
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ScoLocate up for new data centre award

ScoLocate has been shortlisted in the New Data Centre category at the Data Centres in Europe Awards 2011. The facility, designed and built by Keysource, is one of the most resilient, secure and efficient facilities of its kind in the UK....
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PGS scoops EU Code of Conduct award

Congratulations to Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS), who has just scooped the participant award – new data centre category at the first EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres Awards. Rob Elder from Keysource was presented with the award on behalf of PGS at a ceremony in Nice, Franc...
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UK Government to reduce data centre costs by 35%

Shared IT infrastructure, open-source software and a stripped-back IT estate are at the heart of the government's IT strategy just published. In a statement to coincide with the report's publication, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said the coalition government wants t...
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Energy efficient data centre technologies to represent 28% of total market investment by 2015, according to Pike Research

The energy costs of IT are becoming increasingly visible for enterprises in a variety of industries. In the past, energy consumption was not seen as a priority issue in the data centre and the split of responsibilities between IT and facilities organizations within the enter...
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CIO's look to focus IT spending on creating growth

IT managers will focus spending on innovation and growth over the coming years, it has been claimed. According to analyst Gartner, CIOs are beginning to dedicate a greater proportion of their budgets towards technologies that will help to increase business....
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Data centre efficiency becoming more important

Data centre operators and other IT professionals need to be aware of energy efficiency, as sustainability is becoming an increasingly important issue in the industry. This is the view of Steve McNab, environment and climate change partner at the law firm Simmons and Simmons,...
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Data centres experiment with alternative power

If there is a golden rule for data centre managers, it is this: don't mess with your power source. For just about all data centres, that source has been AC power, which has worked quite well for everything from a lone PC in a cubicle all the way up to the most massive server...
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CEOs to feds: Consolidate data centres to cut IT spending

The heads of IBM and Dell have told President Obama and other White House officials that consolidating data centres is one of the easiest ways to trim federal information technology spending. "All we're talking about is putting things together and sharing them," IBM Chief Ex...
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IT spending reached $1.5 trillion in 2010

 IT spending worldwide during 2010 surpassed expectations, increasing eight percent year on year to US$1.5 trillion. This represented the fastest rate of growth since 2007 indicating good recovery from the financial downturn, with the increase being driven by pent up demand ...
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Keysource at Data Centre World

Keysource spent last week at Data Centre World providing advice and guidance on how data centre owners and operators can better operate their IT infrastructures. In addition, our Data Centre Design Consultant, Stephen Lorimer, gave an interesting presentation in the IT and M...
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Keysource to exhibit at Data Centre World

Keysource will be showcasing its leading data centre solutions and providing advice on key industry issues such as operational performance, energy efficiency and legislative compliance at Data Centre World 2011. A team of consultants will be available on the Keysource stand ...
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Data Centre Scotland – Strategies for success

Keysource has teamed up with ScotlandIS, the trade body for the ICT industry to organise a seminar on 24th February in Edinburgh to explore and discuss current data centre developments and issues. For more details and to secure your place click data centre seminars....
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Data Centres Code of Conduct failing to make an impact

The European Union’s (EU) voluntary Code of Conduct for Data Centres on Energy Efficiency is failing to secure a significant level of support in the UK, according to Sentrum, a specialist in data centre solutions....
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UK Energy Secretary to appease business with CRC delay

UK Energy Secretary Chris Huhne is attempting to appease the business sector left reeling by recent changes to the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency scheme by delaying its second phase. Addressing a CBI business lobby group conference, Huhne admitted that t...
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Microsoft data centres consume 50% less energy

Microsoft has opened new data centres that consume 50% less energy than those built three years ago, according to the company’s 2010 Citizenship Report. In FY2011, the software giant is working to reduce the power useage effectiveness of its new data centre designs. The comp...
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HP agrees to reduce government's IT bill

HP, the largest supplier of IT products and services to the UK government, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Cabinet Office to reduce IT expenditure. Bill McCluggage, deputy government CIO and director of ICT strategy and policy at the Office of the Governmen...
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Scotland: ScoLocate data centre to double in size

A data centre business set up by Royal Bank of Scotland at the height of the dotcom boom is doubling data centre capacity under an £8 million investment plan that will see it take on a third more staff. ScoLocate, set up in 1999, is already the largest of Scotland's "interne...
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Yahoo's data centre chief draws lessons from century-old tech

When he was in Buffalo, looking for a data centre site, Scott Noteboom, vice president of global production operations, at Yahoo, said the first thing he wanted to see were old factory buildings. He wanted to learn how the factories used the cool air coming off the Great Lak...
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UK data centre outage disrupts central healthcare system

A centralised healthcare system that provides doctor's practices in the UK with access to patient records was disrupted this week following a data centre outage. Healthcare IT provider EMIS's hosted system provides GPs and other staff with a central database of medical recor...
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Integrated business approach key to data centre measurement and optimisation

Businesses need to take an integrated approach if they are to truly understand the environmental and financial impact of their IT infrastructure according to Mike West, Managing Director of Keysource. Speaking at the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme – What You Need to Know semin...
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Portable air conditioner for server rack hot spots

ISC, Information Support Concepts, has announced a new portable air conditioner designed for hot spots in data centres, server rack rooms, entertainment centres and other similar environments. The air conditioner is a self contained 12,000 BTU units that does not require a w...
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Carbon Reduction Commitment: only 13% of companies have registered so far

Just 651 companies have registered as participants for the ...
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The Green Grid's PUE seen as preferred industry metric

The Green Grid (www.thegreengrid.org) announced on 15th July that the Power Usage Effectiveness metric, which it published in 2007, has now achieved industry alignment specific to recommendations on how to measure PUE in dedicated data centre facilities....
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Cooling measures for data centres

Energy efficient design of data centres is very important, particularly as we enter these more energy-sensitive times. Cooling is the largest power consumer within a data centre infrastructure - more so than the IT equipment itself. Therefore it’s essential to pick the right...
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Face the challenge: server room cooling

Cooling server rooms and data centres is critical to maintaining a robust technical space and more importantly, it carries important implications for all areas of facility management. Keysource take this very seriously in their best practice service delivery. ...
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Making CRC work for you with Data Centre Efficiency

The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme is finally with us and will affect around 5,000 public and private sector organisations within the UK. Whilst at first glance the scheme looks like a significant financial outlay, those that work to drive down energy usage are likely to achie...
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Show me the figures

Original article written Jessica Twentyman and published on Sourcing Focus.com: http://www.sourcingfocus.com/index.php/site/featuresitem/2329/...
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North East Data Centre Seminar Success

Thirty-six data centre decision makers and influencers attended our industry event at the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead as part of the Keysource 2010 data centre seminar programme. Attendees were given an interesting insight into our award winning efficient...
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Another industry award nomination for Keysource

Keysource has been shortlisted for a Green IT Award for the data centre designed and built for Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) in Weybridge, Surrey. ...
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Computer power provides heat for Helsinki

Original article was published on the Times Online and can be found at  http://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/industry_sectors/natural_resources/article7022488.ece#comment-have-your-say....
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Keysource's energy assessment improves Yorkshire Water's data centre efficiency by 25%

Yorkshire Water was looking to gain a greater understanding of the performance of its data centre facility and associated operating costs to enable the company to manage its IT infrastructure more closely and more responsibly. ...
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Three experts offer advice on how to achieve data centre energy efficiency

In a recent article titled “Three experts offer advice on how to achieve data centre energy efficiency”, Dean Nelson from eBay and Rob Aldrich from Cisco discuss moving your initiative to the next level....
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Keysource creates scalable Ecofris solution

Keysource has extended its award-winning Ecofris approach  to data centre cooling with the launch of a solution designed for smaller facilities, colocation centres and multi-roomed sites. ...
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