Keysource hosts customer event in London

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!

Keysource opens new London Office

Following on from the recent announcement of Keysource’s international work in China, the company is now proud to announce the opening of its new office in the heart of London!

Located at 99 Bishopsgate, just a two-minute walk from Liverpool Street Station, the new premises will supplement Keysource’s current portfolio of offices in West Sussex, Hong Kong and its highly secure 24/7 managed office in Woking.

Keysource is the leading provider of turnkey solutions for data centres and business critical environments from consultancy through to on-going operation. With over 30 years’ experience working across all sectors, its expert in-house teams continue to deliver industry-leading solutions for multiple organisations across the globe.

Stephen Whatling, Managing Director – CAPS at Keysource said:

The business has seen significant growth over the past three years and we’re confident that the new London office will provide Keysource with a hub in Central London to serve our increasing customer base.

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.

Design for operation is the key to success

When customers are looking to build a new data centre, they often lose sight of the operational aspects of the facility.  ‘Design for operation’ is an  approach which focuses on the long term running of the facility when considering the initial design and one that we, as an industry, should be championing. Richard Clifford, Data Centre Consultant at Keysource explains.

Data centre standards

Whilst there are some good standards in our industry around data centre design including the Uptime Institute’s established Tier system, there is very little guidance in the market around the actual operation of a facility.  The Uptime Institute have introduced their Management & Operations (M&O) Stamp of Approval but it is relatively new and is not compelling for consultants and specialist contractors who are not involved in the ongoing management of the data centre. This means that organisations need to manage their risk carefully or they may end up with an expensive facility that is expensive to run and not fit for purpose.

The data centre design tenders and contracts we’ve seen rarely reference any kind of operational or FM standards and I would go as far to say that in many cases they are not considered at all. This can be for a number of reasons, the main one being that often the team that is tendering and procuring the data centre design is not the one that will be responsible for operating and maintaining it and these teams have not been consulted.

Importance of early engagement

Having over 30 years of experience designing, building and then operating data centres and other businesses critical facilities, we always encourage different stakeholders, both internal and external, to be part of the process from the outset, as we feel that this delivers the best results. This early engagement is key as not having all the stakeholders involved may mean that the team fails to consider the design implications on the maintenance requirements, Total Cost of Ownership or understand the risks around downtime as they often don’t have a specialist subject knowledge. This can be a key challenge for public sector organisations or SMEs where cost is the key driver and in-house resources are scarce.

The importance of this cannot be overstated and companies need to ask themselves operational questions, such as whether the design can continue to support the critical business services under maintenance conditions and how the maintenance will be undertaken? Can the design help to streamline the ongoing operation of the facility reducing risk and cost? For example does work need to be delivered out of hours, or can it be done during normal working hours thereby reducing servicing costs.

The design and build team may not understand the resilience factors but the FM teams will know that the data centre cannot be taken offline, and that concurrent maintainability should be considered as part of the solution.

The future of the data centre design

As an industry we need to put more of a focus on ensuring that data centres are ‘designed for operation’ and the team responsible for maintaining and running the facility is engaged from the outset.

Bringing together multiple stakeholders is always a challenge and it will need the industry to work together and be more open and engaging to share best practice and insight.  We should remember that the life of the data centre could be up to 25+ years and by taking a little more time in the early stages organisations can  ensure that the design will meet their requirements operationally and provide the best value for money at the lowest risk

Originally published by Digitalisation Word 

Its Gold for Keysource at RoSPA Awards

Keysource, the specialist in business critical infrastructure, has won a RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Award for the third year in a row. The company received a Gold Award after being applauded for its high health and safety standards during the past 12 months.

Justin Busk, Head of Safety, Health & Environment at Keysource, said:

“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. Having achieved two Silver Awards in as many years, we are thrilled that our ongoing commitment has now been recognised with this Gold RoSPA Award”

Now in its 60th year, the RoSPA Awards celebrate commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention at work. The judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

Julia Small, RoSPA’s Head of Awards and Events, said:

“To win an award at such a highly-regarded event as the RoSPA Awards is a great achievement for our winners. It recognises their commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record and raises the bar for other organisations to aspire to.”

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