Keysource awarded major contract to design nationwide network of data centres throughout China

Chayora, a Hong Kong-based data centre infrastructure company, has chosen Keysource as its lead design consultancy partner for a nationwide network of world-class, licensed data centre campuses in some of China’s most important cities. These will enable international online companies to effectively access the vast and rapidly developing Chinese market, providing the most reliable and assured route to business engagement in the region.

It follows last week’s announcement that Chayora Holdings Limited has reached an agreement for Standard Chartered Bank Principal Finance to become the lead institutional investor in Chayora, securing a strategic minority stake and providing equity funding for key data centre development projects.

Under the terms of the deal, Keysource will be responsible for delivering strategic design advice and site master planning in the initial phase. Leading the design team, Keysource will then work with Chayora and its customers to deliver designs in accordance with client requirements, site plans and in country codes.

The fully enabled, state-of-the-art, licensed data centre campuses will be constructed in key locations across China – initially in Tianjin, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Guangzhou, offering a range of options such as Powered Land, Built-to-Suit, Assured Scalability and Wholesale Colocation

All Chayora sites have fully provisioned power from grid and direct feed renewable sources, and are fibre-connected to world-class standards, ready for data centre construction and immediate connection to the domestic internet. The campuses are very large creating technology districts in key cities.  For example in Tianjin, it is anticipated that up to 12 data centres will ultimately be constructed on the Chayora campus amounting to around 3.5 million sq ft of buildings, with around half that total in white space.

Commenting on the announcement Mike West, CEO at Keysource, said:

“This project builds on our growing experience in Asia, which will undoubtedly become the world’s largest data centre market. It is testament to the proven quality of our design consultancy and understanding of the global data centre market. This is a highly vibrant market and we believe we have the skills and expertise to continue to deliver outstanding results here.”

Oliver Jones, Chief Executive at Chayora, said:

“Keysource has been selected to provide services for Chayora based on the company’s unrivalled and proven capability to deliver world-class facilities. They have a strong understanding of our clients’ needs and are able to quickly translate business drivers into deliverable projects. Keysource has demonstrated a passion for engagement in China, understanding the regulatory environment whilst respecting cultural differences. This has underpinned the successful award of our first two Data Centre Operator’s Licences as part of the wider technical and commercial team.”

About Chayora: Chayora Holdings Limited is a Cayman Island company and is the 100% owner of Chayora Limited, headquartered in Hong Kong which develops large-scale, world-class designed and operated, long-term scalable data centres and data centre parks in China. Chayora serves global Fortune 500 companies and premium Chinese data centre users offering cloud services, ICT services, financial services or other services offerings relying on intensive, high quality data centre infrastructure in China.

University of Leicester appoints Keysource to provide Critical FM

Keysource, the expert in business critical environments, has been appointed by the University of Leicester on a three-year extendable contract to provide critical data centre facilities management (FM) services. It builds on a seven-year relationship which started in 2009 when Keysource designed and built the University’s award winning data centre which they then expanded in 2011, almost doubling it in size.

Under the terms of the new deal Keysource will provide a seamless, responsive and proactive management of the maintenance services for the data centres in line with the University’s own strategic plan. This will include providing specialist auditing and monitoring of energy efficiency levels so that the University can both reduce operational costs and meet carbon footprint targets. The service will be based on a clear framework focusing on data centre best practice, leveraging the ITIL methodology and Keysource’s new CAFM system.

Additional support will be provided during August and September when the University is at its busiest with student applications. During this time Keysource will undertake Critical Window Pre-Health Checks on the infrastructure to ensure the data centres are working at optimum standards, whilst Critical Facilities Engineers will be stationed within close proximity to the University. This will facilitate a rapid response in the event of any issues and minimise the risk of downtime.

Keysource will also provide a series of regular service and strategic reviews to ensure that energy efficiency certificates are achieved. The team will also be responsible for cleaning sensitive data centre alarms and conducting an upgrade to the University’s business management services systems so that data centre cooling can be managed centrally.

Stuart Poulton, Systems Specialist (Infrastructure) at Leicester University said,

“Our data centres are becoming increasingly important with the growth of digital content, therefore Keysource will be providing a crucial service by not only helping us to ensure we meet energy efficiency targets but also keep our data services up and running at all times.”

Mike West, CEO at Keysource, commented,

“We have built a successful partnership with the University of Leicester over the last seven years and we welcome the opportunity to continue to strengthen our relationship. We believe this will help to ensure excellence in delivery and this collaborative approach, where we proactively share knowledge, will help the University to deliver on its strategic plans.”

Richard Clifford, Data Centre Consultant at Keysource, added,

“Being associated with such a prestigious academic institution is something that we relish and we will commit all of our resources to making this new contract another success.”

Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust select Keysource for Data Centre Infrastructure Review

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has appointed Keysource, the expert in business critical environments, to review its data centre infrastructure. This will involve benchmarking the data centres at each hospital to ensure the significant investment the Trust has made in its IT infrastructure is protected.

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust provides healthcare to 258,000 people across Southport, Formby and West Lancashire and the ongoing security and resilience of its data is a key consideration. Under the terms of the deal Keysource will also provide a clear strategy that will meet the Trust’s future data requirements, reduce running costs and minimise the risk of potential downtime. A further report will look at options to enhance the resilience and availability of the site.

The Keysource team will assess the critical power, distribution to the racks as well as cooling, monitoring and general layout of the data centres. The review will be conducted while the infrastructure is live so that critical services provided by the hospitals are not interrupted in any way.

Matt Connor, Head of IT at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust, said,

“We were looking for a partner who could help us to deliver industry best practice standards throughout our data centre estate and Keysource had the best credentials. We were both impressed and reassured by their approach from the outset and look forward to working closely with the team.”

Mike West, Managing Director at Keysource, added,

“This contract is the latest addition to our healthcare portfolio and further builds on our extensive expertise in the sector. We understand the challenges faced by public sector organisations in terms of resilience and cost and are ideally placed to help them meet their objectives.”

How our CPD membership will help support knowledge sharing

At Keysource we are committed to investing in our people through ongoing training and career development. We also believe that as an industry leading business we have a duty to share best practice within our sector.

To support this we have been accepted as a member of the CPD (Continuing Professional Development) Certification Service which will enable us to formally certify our training courses and seminars. This will mean that our courses can form part of professional qualifications making them additionally valuable to both internal and external attendees.

We also believe that the CPD Certification Service will help us to formalise our knowledge into the most structured and recognised approach, helping us to effectively share the unrivaled knowledge that our teams have gathered over many years. If you would like details of any of our forthcoming courses or seminars please contact our marketing team.

We also regularly create and share resources on Our Resources page to download for free. You can also watch previous presentations we have given at industry events.

When is PUE not PUE?

When Data Centre designers and builders talk about the efficiency of the facilities they have designed and/or built in terms of the industry standard PUE, they often reference the design PUE. We look at why this can be misleading and why it is important to understand the difference.

This blog is part of a series looking at PUE and data centre monitoring; you can read our first post, which looks at what PUE is and why it is important here.

Design PUE – What is it?

When a new facility is designed, a PUE can be calculated based on the energy consumption of the proposed plant, cooling etc. as a measure of how efficient the solution could be. So why is this a problem?

Well, the PUE figure being quoted is often based on the premise that the data centre is actually running at 100% IT load. This is often unrealistic, as most data centres, especially in the colocation market build up their loads over time, with it taking anything from three years or more to get near to operating at full-load. In reality traditional data centre efficiency rapidly deteriorates at lower IT loads (most facilities never operate at 100%). This means that the suggested power efficiency levels will not come in to play for a significant time, if ever, and operating costs will be substantially higher than indicated by the Design PUE.

So what should you do to address this?

Whilst Keysource is reasonably unique in the fact that we have in-house design, project management and operation teams (which allow us to constantly feedback and learn from past projects) we would expect most data centre design and build companies to understand the fact that most facilities need to be efficient not only at full load but also at part load. They should take time with you to fully understand not only the technical requirements of the facility but also your business, so they can explain and work through this with you.

When this is not done it can cause problems as, understandably, it can have big impacts on your operating costs. This limitation of the PUE calculation is of particular importance to companies that are working to tight margins to provide for example, cloud services and colocation services.

To keep operational costs under control, it is often best to consult with specialist data centre designers. They will be able to advise you on the best technologies to deploy that drive down part load operating costs from the start and who will be able to work with you to fully meet your business and technical requirements.

Sounds good, but how can this work in practice?

We recently completed a data centre for colocation specialist; ITPS (read the case study). Part of our process was to really understand their business objectives and use our experience within the regional colocation market to propose a solution that would deliver not only the highest efficiency but also allow high densities to be deployed anywhere within the data centre. Knowing that this efficiency was needed from day one the design was built to be highly efficient at part load. To further enhance this a modular solution was used to allow ITPS to deploy more cooling and plant as required rather than having it all in place on day one.

If you would like to understand more about PUE you can read our previous posts which explain the different ways PUE can be measured or download the top 10 things you need to know about PUE. As you may have guessed, it’s one of the areas we are passionate about so please call us and speak to one of the team.

We are happy to talk you through any of the issues and answer any questions about your current or planned facility’s PUE and, if required, give you some more information on how you can increase the efficiency of your facility.

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