We are really excited following the news that we have been shortlisted for a DCD award in three categories: Modular Deployment of the Year, Data Centre Transformation Project of the Year and Data Centre Critical Environment Team of the Year. Run by DatacenterDynamics, the awards recognise outstanding projects, teams and individuals.
In the Modular Deployment Award category we have been shortlisted for our project with Jaguar Land Rover, the UK’s largest automotive manufacturing business. Our modular design solution meant that the bulk of the production and preparation for this data centre was completed off site, which significantly reduced costs and construction time. Typically a project of this nature would take at least 12 months from initial brief through design to project completion. However by delivering an end-to-end solution backed up by our expertise in modular data centre deployments, this was reduced to just 20 weeks for the full project including design and delivery. The data centre also featured leading edge cooling technology, which delivers high energy efficiency.
In recognition of the highly successful Data Centre Monitoring project we recently delivered for Sky with our partner Schneider Electric, the team behind it has been shortlisted for Data Centre Critical Environment Team of the Year.
This project involved replacing an end-of-life asset-management system and several non-integrated tools with a centralised DCIM system tightly integrated into Sky’s BMS (Building Management System). Having delivered the project within a live environment, the project has also been shortlisted for Data Centre Transformation Project of the year!
The winners will be announced at the DatacenterDynamics gala dinner in London on 10th December 2015 and our fingers are firmly crossed. We’ve got an excellent track record in delivering world-class data centre solutions and it is fantastic to be recognised for our commitment to quality and innovation.
Keysource, the critical engineering specialists, can now provide all aspects of data centre design and delivery through the new North Eastern Universities Purchasing Consortium Ltd (NEUPC) Data Centre Management Framework. This builds on the previous NEUPC framework, where Keysource was able to provide data centre consultancy services.
NEUPC is one of six UK Higher Education purchasing consortia established to deliver and manage a wide range of collaborative framework agreements within the higher education sector. NEUPC’s new Data Centre Management Framework offers a broad scope of equipment, infrastructure and consultancy. The framework was designed by IT and Telecoms procurement experts from Higher Education institutions to speed up the process of data centre procurement for members and provide a supplier benchmark for services. This two-year agreement went live on the 29th September 2015.
Rob Elder, Director at Keysource said,
We have a long pedigree of providing high performance data centre facilities to the education sector. We’re excited that we can now offer our NEUPC framework customers all of our expertise from consultancy right through to delivery and ongoing management through this framework. As a truly independent organisation, Keysource takes pride in providing customers with world class data centre facilities while keeping within the constraints of tight budgets.
Since its appointment five years ago, Keysource has provided consultancy services under the previous NEUPC data centre framework for prestigious customers such as Teesside University and The National Archives.
Keysource has been shortlisted for an EI Award in the Energy Excellence category. Judged by a prestigious panel of Energy Institute members, the Energy Excellence Award is intended to give recognition to an outstanding achievement. The judges will be looking for evidence of fresh thinking and strategic and innovative problem solving.
The shortlisted entry is for Keysource’s approach to delivering high efficiency cooling solutions in multiple data centres across the UK. By utilising an innovative “room flood” approach to delivering the air within the data centre twinned with the latest controls and optimal heat rejection Keysource have been able to deliver some of the most efficient data centres operating in the UK. This includes the development of a chillerless indirect free cooling solution.
Finalists will be announced at the EI Awards ceremony, which will take place on 12 November 2015 at the Sheraton Park Lane, London.
Rob Elder, Director, Keysource said,
Data Centre Cooling is often an area which is looked at from purely a plant perspective but we recognize it is about how you design and operate the overall system which counts. Taking into account not just efficiency but operational performance capable of supporting mixed and high density we have delivered a range of different solutions with a common approach. It is great for the people who have been at the forefront of this within our business to be recognised by the Energy Institute.
Keysource recently claimed a Silver RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Award for the second year in succession. We caught up with Justin Busk, the company’s Head of Safety, Health & Environment.
Hi Justin, so who are RoSPA?
RoSPA stands for The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. The organisation has a long-standing objective to reduce injuries and ultimately save lives. Each year, around 2.7 million people go to A&E for treatment and RoSPA provides a number of resources to inform, educate and help to prevent accidents in the home and its surrounding area.
Can you tell us a little about the RoSPA Awards?
The RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards are internationally recognised and provide businesses of all sizes the opportunity to showcase their health and safety initiatives. The Awards have been in operation for 59 years now and over that time the scheme has encouraged a commitment to raising health and safety standards across every industry.
How did Keysource get on at the 2015 RoSPA Awards?
Keysource received a silver award after being applauded for high health and safety standards during the past year. In fact, this is the second year in a row we have been granted this award, which is a testimony to the hard work and dedication of the Keysource Board and wider team.
So it must have been very busy twelve months for you?
Absolutely. It has been a hugely successful year for Keysource, including the launch of our own pro-active safety culture, ‘Safety First, Always’. Our number one priority is to ensure the safety, health and welfare of all our employees and all other persons who may be affected by our activities. This commitment extends to the trade contractors we employ, stakeholders that we work with, visitors to our projects and members of the public.
The initiative encourages our people to lead by example, embracing and championing our safety culture. All are encouraged to intervene on unsafe behaviour, acts or conditions and put safety first, always. All staff must ensure that suitable and sufficient risk assessments are at the core of our activities.
Is the business using its expertise in this area to help its customers and other organisations?
Indeed it is. We have launched a number of exciting SHE & Compliance Services to help companies protect and enhance their people, assets, critical environments and reputations. These include consultancy, compliance and auditing, management systems, and training and development. These professional services are all underpinned by key International and British standards, accreditations and approved memberships in the field.
Finally, tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a Chartered Health & Safety professional with more than twelve years of experience working with various blue chip clients in both the public and private sectors. My key specialisms include occupational safety, health & environmental management, specialising in construction design. I joined the Keysource senior management team back in 2013 to help support the continued growth of the business.
Fantastic news reached Keysource HQ this week after we were informed we had been shortlisted in the Green and the Large Business category for the Business Matters Annual Awards.
We will be keeping our fingers crossed when the winners are announced at an exclusive black tie event at The Hilton, Gatwick South Terminal in July. The ceremony will be hosted by BBC One Show reporter and Channel 5 presenter Nick Wallis, in what promises to be an exciting evening.
This is the second nomination we have received during the last couple of weeks after being shortlisted in the Enterprise End User Innovation category at the Data Centre and Cloud Awards.