On the 26th October, over 30 guests joined us at The Globe Theatre for our ‘The Future of the Data Centre’ breakfast event.
In the first of a new series of seminars, Keysource explored the latest innovations, the challenges the industry is facing and changes to industry standards, such as the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
As was the theme throughout the morning, the data centre landscape is fundamentally changing, Keysource’s MD Stephen Whatling opened the event and set the tone for the upcoming presentations and discussions.
“Change in the data centre industry is constantly happening. What has already taken place in recent years has been at a pace that has excited and driven the industry, and brought many challenges. It’s clear with the evolving trends and innovations we’re going to discuss today, it’s not slowing down anytime soon and in fact the speed of change is accelerating faster than we have ever experienced before.
If you would have told me 10 years ago that the impact of technologies such as cloud computing, Internet of Things, and self-driving cars I don’t think I would have believed you, this is evidence of the fact we can’t predict too much of the future, but it’s important we try have a clear grasp of what’s emerging, and how to react and address this movement.”
Keysource Enterprise Consultant and Head of Innovation, Richard Clifford, provided an insight into the latest innovations and trends that are driving defined infrastructure demands and the need for vast amount of data centres with improved performance, flexibility and efficiency.
As well as latest technologies and growing needs, data centre security is a hot topic at the moment, hitting the headlines a number of times in recent years. With legislation and regulations influencing the market the launch of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018 will certainly drive further changes.
We are proud to announce Keysource has been shortlisted as a finalist in two categories at this year’s Data Centre Solutions (DCS) Awards.
Our data centre managed services project with the Metropolitan Police Service, which picked up a top award at last year’s DatacentreDynamics Awards, has been shortlisted for Data Centre Management Project of the Year. This project sees Keysource working as a key pillar in the MPS SIAM framework, helping the MPS deliver technology transformation against their 20:20 objectives.
Keysource is also really proud to have been shortlisted for the new Excellence in Service award. This award recognises companies that have gone above and beyond, not only for their customers but also in shaping the industry. Launched last year Keysource’s consultancy and professional services offering has challenged traditional approaches to IT asset strategy and through engaging much earlier with our customers we’ve delivered highly diverse and innovative strategies that meet long term customer requirements.
The awards assessment panel thoroughly reviewed all entries for the awards before selecting the finalists, who now face a public vote. Voting opened on 27th March and will close on 27th April 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 18th May.
Jon Healy, Associate Director, Keysource commented:
It’s great to have been chosen as finalist for our project with the Metropolitan Police Service, and that the company has been recognised for its customer approach through our new consultancy offering. We hope to succeed in May following a success in previous DCS Awards. We hope lots of people will visit the website and vote!
Critical environment specialist Keysource – part of the Styles&Wood Group – has been announced as the winner of the Public Services Digital Delivery category in the Datacentre Dynamics (DCD) EMEA Awards 2016, for its work on the Metropolitan Police’s data centre estate.
Keysource was awarded the management of two of the critical data centres as part of the force’s wider strategic implementation of the technology transformation programme in March 2016. The company’s role included managing assets, capacity, efficiency, certification and compliance, as well as taking responsibility for delivering management and physical security management.
The Awards are part of a unique global series that provides worldwide recognition to outstanding individuals, teams and projects. An independent panel of industry experts reviewed all the entries for the awards before the winners were announced at the ceremony at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane on the 7th December.
Mike West, Managing Director at Keysource, commented:
“We are absolutely delighted to have won the Public Services Digital Delivery category. We are proud to have worked with an organisation which has such a rich history and is a symbol of global excellence. This win is testament to the hard work and commitment of our team, quality of our people and our ability to manage high profile, complex projects.”
Keysource is part of integrated property services group Styles&Wood Plc, which provides a full range of professional and contracting services to some of the UK’s premier brands and leading blue chip organisations.
This includes designing, project managing and delivering a diverse range of property programmes including minor refresh works, conversions, shell fit-outs, complex refurbishments and specialist technical services to the data centre and critical facilities sectors. It also provides building intelligence systems, which specialise in optimising the management, running and performance of the built environment.
Following on from a highly success fully month of fundraising for charity, we are really proud to announce we have helped raise nearly £4,000 for different charities this month.
Members of the Keysource team have have run / slipped / crawled through mud and over obstacles, raced Dragon Boats, cycled from London to Brighton and even sold home produced Honey to help us reach this amazing amount.
Thank you to everyone who supported us!
You can find out more about the events and the charities here or enjoy some of the photos from the events below:
Yesterday Keysource hosted its latest customer event with exclusive use of the basement bar at the New Moon pub in Leadenhall.
Joined by 60 or so of our London based customers we booed, cheered and then cheered again as we watched England beat Wales 2 – 1.
Our competition to guess the minute the first goal was scored (42nd minute) was won by James Macdonald – Congratulations! Enjoy the Champagne and an England shirt will be winging its way to you next week!
It was a fantastic afternoon and we would like to thank everyone that attended and hope to see you at the next one!