Keysource completes Global Data Centre Review for Pharmaceutical Giant

Critical environment specialist Keysource has completed a global strategic data centre review for an international pharmaceuticals firm.

The project saw the business undertake a three-month assessment of 11 data centres in America, Hong Kong, Canada, China, Australia and in Britain to audit the pharma giant’s IT infrastructure.

Keysource’s review included an assessment of the data centre estate against a number industry standards. This also saw the team develop a road map for investing in the on-premise facilities that detailed where capex would be best directed to support the clients’ wider IT transformation strategy.

The critical environment specialist is now providing continued ongoing support following the recommendation advising on actions from the audit and service continuity.

Richard Clifford, data centre consultant and head of innovation at Keysource, said:

“We are finding that a lot of the global consultancy we are currently called on to provide relates to large, distributed IT estates, which present significant operational challenges.”

“At Keysource we aim to gain a detailed understanding of our customers IT services and business objectives. This includes looking at the potential risks, the likely costs of maintenance and repairs, as well as any inefficiencies in the existing assets and allows us to these then shape recommendations for short or long-term strategies.”

“Undertaking a global audit of data centres and server rooms in a consistent way can be quite an undertaking. Our expertise in both the design and operation of critical data centre environments puts Keysource in a unique position to help global businesses ensure they develop an informed IT delivery model to meet the demands of the future.”

Keysource deliver ITPS upgrade following increased demand for colocation services


Critical environment specialist, Keysource, was appointed by managed IT solutions and services experts ITPS to upgrade and expand its colocation facility in County Durham. The need was driven by increased demand for ITPS’ services, following its selection by Microsoft as one of the early adopters of the Azure Stack roll-out.

The 30,000 sq ft site has a total 1.6MW capacity, with 900kW partitioned into different data halls for specific clients. The upgrade added an additional 300kW, leaving ITPS with further spare capacity to expand.

Keysource has completed the upgrade to the second hall at the 8,500 sq ft data centre in just 12 weeks. The expansion been specifically fitted out to suit one of ITPS’s largest clients’ high performance and security needs – including new high security caging.

Keysource originally designed and built the site in 2014 to act as the flagship hub of ITPS’ network operations, which spans three data centres across the UK. A bespoke modular design was used which enables high levels of efficiency and resilience, and allows capacity upgrades to be delivered in line with customer demand without disrupting existing operations.

The data centre was fundamental in making ITPS one of only a handful of worldwide ICT providers to be selected to join the Microsoft Azure Stack Early Adopters programme. It is also the only North East stage two-certified supplier for NHS Digital, delivering services across the new UK-wide NHS communications network, the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN).

Richard Clifford, head of innovation at Keysource, said:

“We’re seeing many of our customers accelerate planned site expansions to accommodate increased demand for colocation and cloud services, particularly with the drive in digital transformation, data sovereignty and low latency requirements.”

“Our proven track record of delivering upgrades in live environments ensured that we delivered this for ITPS, without disrupting operations or impacting its employees working on site.”


 Garry Sheriff, managing director at ITPS, said:

“We’ve seen substantial growth over the past three years and, thanks to a series of new client wins, we’re expanding our capacity much sooner than expected.”

“Society is in the midst of a period of unprecedented change, with experts estimating that 20bn ‘internet of things’ devices will need to be connected by 2020. That means a massive amount of data, which needs to be stored, processed, backed up and managed in a safe and secure environment.”

 “Our decision to create a high specification data centre here in the region was based on predicting the growth in cloud services and a shift towards effectively renting, rather than buying, ICT infrastructure.”

 “We selected Keysource as our data centre partner due to its extensive experience and understanding of professional data centre operators, and the team’s track record for project delivery and ongoing critical facilities management. This project was a complete success, and has reinforced our belief we made the right decision, we look forward to working with Keysource again.”

Keysource to support Connexin’s Smart Cities ambition with £5m Data Centre in Hull

Homegrown internet firm and smart cities operator Connexin has partnered with critical environment specialist, Keysource, to deliver its £5 million data centre in Hull, as it advances its smart cities growth strategy.

The scheme, known as CXNDC, follows Connexin securing a ten-year Wi-Fi contract with Hull City Council. Connexin is scaling up its work with local authorities to provide Wi-Fi as a public service for connected devices such as road sensors, energy, and security systems, as demand for smart city technology grows.

Keysource has designed the ‘state-of-the-art’ CXNDC 200 rack Data Centre to a tier-III standard covering nearly 10,000 sq ft, and bringing more than 40,000 Mbps of internet connectivity. The project will support demand from local and national clients and will also become the business’ new headquarters. Work is due to begin on the site in July.

Richard Clifford, Head of Innovation at Keysource, said:

“The growing demand for smart cities infrastructure in the UK represents a significant opportunity for Keysource. We have a long track record of delivering for colocation and internet service providers like Connexin and understand the particular needs of this growing area of the data centre market. CXNDC will provide Connexin with a state of the art data asset and we’re proud to be supporting both it and Hull’s smart city ambitions.”

 Furqan Alamgir,  CEO at Connexin, said:

“With CXNDC we are making a major investment in Hull as it progresses its journey to become a leading UK smart city. Keysource’s consultative approach has been key to ensuring this new asset is designed and optimised with the long-term operation of the site in mind.”

Keysource wins at the DCS Awards

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.


Keysource awarded five-year FM contract with Indectron

Critical environment specialist, Keysource, has won a five-year contract with colocation provider, Indectron, to provide facilities management and technical services at its Gloucester data centre.

Keysource will provide a full range of FM services at Indectron’s Shield House site, including engineering, service management, remote monitoring and coordinating all planned maintenance.

This contract builds on Keysource’s prior consultancy work with Indectron, which has included providing feasibility, design, and technical due diligence services for the development and commissioning of the 20,000 sq ft facility.

The 3MW site opened in 2018 and provides secure and flexible colocation services to their clients.

Stephen Lorimer, Associate Director at Keysource, said:

“We have a long history of working with colocation providers like Indectron. We’re seeing our clients increasingly value a consultancy-led approach which goes above and beyond the nuts and bolts of facilities management to include technical and client support services.”

“We’ve built a strong working relationship with Indectron over the past three years and the team knew our business could provide the standard of FM support it needed, as well as the technical and consultancy expertise to help enhance the site’s service and drive the business forward. We’ve helped develop this facility from beginning to end and look forward to continuing our partnership by supporting its management.”

Andrew Bence, Managing Director at Indectron, said:

“Having an FM provider that was a trusted partner was important to us. We were confident in Keysource’s ability to deliver what we needed, while providing the additional expertise to ensure our site offers the best service. This peace of mind allows us to focus on growing our business.”

Keysource is part of integrated property services group Styles&Wood, which provides a full range of professional and contracting services to some of the UK’s premier brands and leading blue chip organisations.


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