Keysource and the University of Leicester have been shortlisted for the Environmental Project of the Year category at the 2011 UK IT Industry Awards for the design and build of a purpose-built data centre for the university. The highly efficient data centre has not only dramatically reduced energy usage and boosted operational performance, but also enabled the University to consolidate its on-campus technology infrastructure.
The UK IT Industry Awards is jointly hosted by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and Computing magazine, and provides a platform for the IT industry to showcase and celebrate best practise, innovation and excellence. The winners of this year’s awards will be announced at a prestigious prize-giving ceremony taking place on 10th November at Battersea Park Arena in London.
Mike West, Managing Director of Keysource, commented: “This nomination recognises our ability to develop leading data centres that not only achieve optimum performance, but also significantly reduce an organisation’s environmental impact. The University of Leicester facility has reduced the energy consumption required for cooling by more than 80 per cent, whilst increasing the IT load compared to the previous data centre.”
Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) has scooped the participant – new data centre award at the first EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres Awards. The facility at the company’s head office in Weybridge, Surrey was designed, built and and is now managed by Keysource, and is one of the most energy efficient data centres of its kind within the UK.
Keysource’s Rob Elder, who received the award on behalf of PGS at a ceremony in Nice, France, commented: “We would like to congratulate PGS on this achievement that recognises the company’s considerable hard work and commitment to reducing energy consumption and minimising environmental impact. As an Endorser we see the huge potential for organisations to improve efficiency and whilst PGS were early participants, it is a positive sign that an increasing number of organisations are now signing up to the EU Code of Conduct.”
With ten design engineers attaining the ISEB qualification – EU Code of Conduct on Data Centre Energy Efficiency since becoming an official Endorser in March 2009, Keysource is able to help companies understand the route to becoming a participant. For more information contact Keysource on 0345 204 3333.
The European Code of Conduct for Data Centres is an initiative by the European Commission, where organisations commit to improving energy efficiency in data centres.
ScoLocate has been shortlisted in the New Data Centre category at the Data Centre in Europe 2011 Awards for a development at its purpose-built co-location facility in Edinburgh. The data centre is designed and built by Keysource and is part of an £8 million investment designed to double the IT capacity at the site.
The new facility has been developed with a strong emphasis on energy efficiency and designed in line with EU Code of Conduct best practices, with ScoLocate currently in the process of gaining participant status. In addition, the data centre offers high levels of resilience and security.
Mike West, Managing Director of Keysource commented: “This is recognition of the hard work and dedication of the whole project team, who have worked in partnership with ScoLocate to develop one of the most resilient, secure and efficient facilities of its kind in the UK.”
Keysource would like to congratulate the IT teams at Yorkshire Water and PGS, who were both recognised at the 2010 UK IT Industry Awards for their best practice and innovation. Yorkshire Water won the IT Department of the Year award, whilst PGS was runner-up in the same category.
Keysource works closely with both companies to ensure their data centre infrastructures achieve high levels of efficiency and performance, so we are delighted that their dedication and success has been acknowledged by the IT Industry.
The PGS data centre, opened in 2009, has increased efficiency by 45 per cent, saving £650,000 in its first year and achieving 2.9 million kg reduction in annual CO2 emissions. Meanwhile, Yorkshire Water reduced the power usage of its data centre by 25 per cent by undertaking an data centre energy efficiency assessment. This process identified quick wins and best practice to achieve these savings with virtually no investment.
The 2010 UK IT Industry Awards is jointly run by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and Computing magazine. The winners of the 25 award categories were announced at a special dinner at Batterseak Park Events Arena and presented by Jon Culshaw.
The cream of Sussex and Hampshire’s businesses gathered to celebrate their successes at the inaugural Southern Business Awards. Hundreds of guests attended the glitzy ceremony at the Grand Hotel in Brighton on 3rd September which saw nearly 90 leading firms compete to be hailed as among the best in their fields.
Keysource was one of the finalists shortlisted for a range of awards to recognise business excellence and innovation. Keysource had been shortlisted for the development of it’s data centre cooling solution Ecofris, the new approach to data centre cooling that can save more than 45 per cent of the energy requirements of conventional technology.