Keysource scoops top award for Jaguar Land Rover facility

It may be a sunny Friday morning, but there is another reason why the Keysource team are celebrating after we secured a top industry award last night. Keysource triumphantly took home the trophy for New Design/Build Data Centre Project of the Year at the 2016 DCS Awards.

We scooped the award for the delivery of a new external modular data centre for Jaguar Land Rover at the company’s site in Wolverhampton. The facility delivers 1,100 square feet of data centre space and hosts storage data and processing power for the systems driving Jaguar Land Rover’s new Engine Manufacturing Centre. The core data centre module houses up to 30 racks with a capacity of 320kW, whilst the power module is based offsite to ensure easy onsite integration and scalability as the load increases. In addition, the facility features innovative air-to-air cooling systems and boasts a PUEL2YC of better than 1.2.

The gala ceremony – held at Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London – provided the perfect opportunity to catch up with old friends before the winners were revealed, with our CEO Mike West taking to the stage to collect the trophy!

Commenting on the evening, Mike said:

We are absolutely delighted to have secured this leading award in such a prestigious category. The success of the Jaguar Land Rover 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 to budget.

Keysource is selected to design and build new critical data centre

Keysource, the expert in business critical environments, has been appointed to design and build a new data centre for a leading pharmaceutical company at its production site in the North of England. It will replace an existing, ageing facility and will underpin the critical services being delivered to the business for the next 10 to 15 years, saving over £250k in energy costs.

The location for the new data centre will be an existing IT services office. The Keysource team will strip this room and make any health and safety, as well as aesthetic refurbishments, before installation commences. The project will be completed under live conditions so that the existing data centre and staff working at the campus are not disturbed while construction takes place.

Designed to be concurrently maintainable, with N+1 critical cooling and power the new data centre will also be highly efficient, fully utilising the ASHRAE recommended temperature range. In addition, an environmental monitoring system will also be deployed.  This system will allow provided real time insight across the data centre environment allowing cooling to be further optimised.

Mike West, Managing Director at Keysource concluded,

This new data centre will be developed in line with the latest regulations and industry standards. It will not only guarantee long term reliability and availability of critical services to the business but ensure they are delivered in a sustainable and efficient way, thereby maximising the return on investment.

2015 – A great year for Keysource

The past 12 months have been really exciting for our business with some key contract wins and great new people joining us. We have also won a record number of awards, launched a new website and hit the headlines in the trade press.

In January we started the year by winning a new data centre design project for Nottingham based colocation provider Space Data Centres, and later that month we were named as preferred supplier for a new Modular Data Centre for Jaguar Land Rover.

In February our new website went live. It has been designed to showcase our capabilities as a turnkey provider of solutions for data centres and business critical environments. In March the industry saw a change in the Construction (Design & Management) regulations and we created a handy tick sheet to help our customers ensure their project details were all in one place.  Download it now! We were also awarded a Sussex Super Growth Award which recognised our 135% growth over the last three years!

After Easter we were celebrating again after we won a Silver RoSPA Award for Occupational Health and Safety for the second year in a row and were praised for our high health and safety standards. We then successfully undertook a critical power and monitoring upgrade of Epsom St Helier NHS Universities Trust Data Centre.  Supporting all of the critical systems in the hospital, we were proud to deliver the project with zero downtime.

The summer saw no let up for the teams here as we completed a professional services offering with The National Archives, supporting them in developing a set of best practice principles and energy efficiency initiatives which can be implemented throughout the data centre. We also worked with ITPS on a new data centre near Newcastle upon Tyne.  Scalable to 1.4MW the new data centre uses Keysource’s modular approach and offers hosted and cloud services as well as colocation space.

As the year progressed and the nights grew darker we continued to grow our portfolio of high profile clients and completed a new modular data centre for Jaguar Land Rover.  With resilience and efficiency key to the design we delivered the project within just 20 weeks. Our work in the education sector continued too as we were chosen by Teesside University to provide principle consultancy for a challenging data centre upgrade project.

In October our new Managing Director – FM, Tod Harrison, spoke to Tomorrow’s FM to answer 10 hard hitting (not) questions. You can see the full article here. We were also shortlisted for an EI award (Energy Efficiency) in recognition of our approach to delivering high efficiency cooling solutions in multiple data centres across the UK.

We ended the year as we had started it – on a high – with the completion of the new data centre for brightsolid in Aberdeen. The CEO at brightsolid said some very nice things about us too  – you can see the video here.

Finally I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our clients and suppliers for helping us to make this a brilliant year. Let’s hope 2016 is even better!

Shortlisted for three DatacenterDynamics Awards!

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 is appointed on to a new data centre framework

Adding infrastructure and equipment to its consultancy offering.

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.

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