The Friday before bank holiday is always a good day in the Keysource offices, but the team have another reason to be celebrating this morning.
Last night at the 2018 Data Centre Solutions Awards, Keysource picked up the award for New Design / Build Project of the Year for their project with the University of Exeter.
Keysource has been working with the University of Exeter as their key technology partner since 2016, supporting them as they looked at the different options available for deploying high performance compute.
Instead of adopting an outsourced compute model, the university decided to build its own data centre to act as the critical infrastructure for its proprietary HPC system, called Isca. Isca provides a next-generation research computing environment, combining traditional HPC with a private cloud infrastructure – which was a first for the UK education sector.
This would allow it to ensure its specific research requirements and capacity challenges were met and give it new opportunities to build partnerships with other universities, including the GW4 consortium, and industrial partners.
After collecting the award, Jon Healy, Managing Executive of Keysource said:
We are absolutely delighted to have secured this award in such a prestigious category. We were up against some major competition, so the success of the University of Exeter project is testimony to the hard work and ongoing dedication of the entire Keysource team, who delivered this fantastic and truly innovative facility on-time and with no disruption.
The DCS Awards are designed to recognise the product designers, manufacturers, suppliers and providers in the data centre sector.
Our IT transformation project with Willis Towers Watson has been shortlisted for another award!
As well as being shortlisted for Data Centre Consolidation/Upgrade/Refresh Project of the Year at the 2018 Data Centre Solutions Awards it has also been announced as finalist in the inaugural Electrical Review Excellence Awards.
Shortlisted for Data Centre Design & Build Project of the Year, our project with Willis Towers Watson to deliver two upgraded UK hubs was part of a global transformation programme following the merger of Willis Group and Towers Watson in 2016.
Paul West, Global Data Centre Director said:
“The delivery of the new data centre expansion was a crucial part of our IT strategy and has taken us to another level of resiliency. From designing to our requirements and delivering the project without downtime, the team at Keysource were instrumental in the project’s success.”
A full shortlist can be seen here, with winners being announced at an awards ceremony at The Dorchester in London on the 24th May.
We are proud to announce Keysource has been shortlisted as a finalist in two categories in the 2018 Data Centre Solutions (DCS) Awards.
Our project with the University of Exeter has been shortlisted for New Design/Build Data Centre Project of the Year. Delivered within tight timescales and with very challenging logistics the Keysource team designed and delivered a cutting edge HPC environment that is a UK first in the education sector.
Keysource is also really proud to have been shortlisted for the Data Centre Consolidation/Upgrade/Refresh Project of the Year for their project with Willis Towers Watson. Keysource has been working with Willis Towers Watson on their global IT transformation strategy since 2016, which has included the consolidation of their European data centre estate to two upgraded UK hubs.
The awards assessment panel thoroughly reviewed all entries for the awards before selecting the finalists, who now face a public vote. Voting opened on 9th April and will close on 11th May and votes can be cast at www.dcsawards.com/voting.php.
The awards are backed by Datacentre Solutions magazine, the official journal of the Data Centre Alliance. The DCS Awards will be announced at an evening event at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London on the 24th May.
Jon Healy, Managing Executive, Keysource commented:
It’s great to have been chosen as finalist for our projects with Willis Towers Watson and the University of Exeter. The shortlisting of these projects show that our consultancy led approach has been delivering real value and success for our customers. We hope to succeed in May following a success in previous DCS Awards. We hope lots of people will visit the website and vote!
2017 was an amazing 12 months for Keysource.
In our first full year since we joined property services group Styles&Wood, we’ve seen growth across all parts of our business as we continue to position ourselves at the forefront of critical environment consultancy. We’ve won a number of new contracts as well as continuing to build on our existing relationships in the education, technology and utilities sectors which has seen us being recognised across the industry and beyond with a top accolades.
2017 also saw the launch of our new seminar series ‘The Future of the Data Centre’ with teams also contributing to industry discussions, featuring in the likes of Data Centre News, Data Center Dynamics and Data Centre Solutions.
We couldn’t have managed all of this without the dedication and support of our excellent in-house teams, and to kick off the New Year we recognised some of the people that had made a special impact on the company, our colleagues or our clients throughout 2017.
The winners were:
Andy Szec – Excellence in Organisation – A colleague who knows where everything is and keeps it where you can find it, saving you time and money.
Chloe Foster – Rookie of the Year – An outstanding new addition to the team.
Luis Soto – Making the Difference Champion – An individual who has embraced behavioural change and is setting the standards for Health & Safety.
Luke Brimelow – Marvellous Multitasker – A colleague that is able to keep the plates spinning.
Phil Clift – The Asker of Good Questions – A colleague who seeks clarity to help us all become more effective.
Tom Blundy – Calm in the Eye of the Storm – A colleague who stays calm even when things are hectic.
We are delighted to announce Keysource has been shortlisted for Building Performance Consultancy of the Year at this year’s CIBSE Awards.
Now in their eleventh year, the CIBSE Building Performance Awards showcase the teams, products, initiatives and projects that demonstrate engineering excellence in the built environment.
The prestigious Building Performance Consultancy Award recognises consultancies that have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to the design or refurbishment of buildings to meet client expectations of performance, throughout its operational life.
Chosen by a panel of judges, this shortlisting acknowledges our drive for continuous improvement, innovation and knowledge sharing within the industry as well as the businesses commitment to employee development.
Jon Healy, Associate Director, Keysource commented:
“As the global requirement for critical environments increases, particularly within the data centre sector, the sustainability and environmental efficiency of both new and legacy facilities is becoming increasingly crucial.
“To be shortlisted for this prestigious award is a testament to our contribution to the building community. We have an excellent track record in designing and delivering world class critical environments and it’s fantastic to be recognised as a leader in our industry.”
The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on the 6th February 2018.