Why one size doesn’t need to fit all

Organisations today have many more options when it comes to storing and managing their data and supporting their IT infrastructure. Laurence Baker looks at how organisations can ensure they have a future-ready solution and discusses the rise of the modular solution and the benefits it can bring.

Ten years ago there was no real outsourcing model in our sector and organisations had to build and run their own data centres. So they invested heavily and built huge facilities in anticipation of strong, predicted growth. In many cases the facilities were big, with highly resilient Tier IV infrastructures, as they believed what they needed was 100% availability and, above all, absolute protection against any data loss. Then the economic downturn happened.

In some cases these decisions were made without properly considering their requirements. As a result many have ended up with, at best, facilities that have been both expensive to construct and continue to be operationally complex and expensive to run.

At Keysource we find that our customers rarely deploy a full IT load from day one, if ever, so this raises the question about whether the infrastructure to support this needs to be in place in day one. To determine this we believe that early engagement is key to ensure you are making the right decisions.  Not having all the relevant stakeholders involved from the outset may mean that the team fails to understand the real business and IT requirements or that the wrong solution is specified and deployed.

This is increasingly important as businesses today are becoming ever more dependent on IT systems and associated data due to a number of changes such as an upsurge in ‘Cloud’ services, digitalisation and the internet of things. As a result a key priority is ensuring the availability of these systems, with companies looking for the best solution to meet their requirements, as efficiently as possible. For many the biggest challenge is how to keep aligning the IT infrastructure to the fast moving and ever changing business environment and ensuring that any solution is future ready, whilst also keeping costs to a minimum.

As a result, many organisations are opting for modular data centre solutions which are constantly evolving to address a wider range of business and operational requirements. Traditionally modular solutions were developed to overcome construction and deployment challenges, but now there is an overwhelming demand for these scalable facilities that also deliver high levels of performance, resilience and efficiency…

Read the full article on page 20 of Data Centre News Magazine

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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 Delivers New Modular Data Centre for Jaguar Land Rover

Keysource, the data centre and design build specialist, has announced that it has completed the prestigious data centre for Jaguar Land Rover’s new Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton.

Due to the use of best in class modular design and Keysource’s expertise, the 1100 square feet data centre, which was commissioned in January 2015, has been successfully completed on time and within budget.

Andy Hayes, Director, Keysource explained,

Using a modular design means that the bulk of production and preparation can be done off site which reduces costs and saves time. Typically a project of this nature would take at least 12 months to complete but using modular designs reduced this by two thirds. Along with our cooling efficiency design measures, we see this modular approach as a template for future data centres.

As planned the core datacentre module houses 30 racks with a capacity of 320Kw. It provides critical power through an N+1 UPS system and 2N standby diesel generators. The power module designed and built off-site also offers scalability to support future expansion.

Cooling efficiency has been a key specification for this project and variable speed controlled fans have been positioned so that hot and cold air are separated via the wall rather than under the floor and this has resulted in the desired achievement of PUEL2YC of better than 1.2*

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