Critical environments and data centre specialist, Keysource, has partnered with Corporate Risk Associates (CRA) to meet growing demand for risk management services in the data centre sector.
This partnership will offer in-depth performance and risk management services, to allow them to build up a full risk profile of their data estates, taking in a range of factors including location, operational performance and resilience, risk and critical processes monitoring.
Keysource says that the in-depth analysis will also advise clients on selecting the most appropriate data centre model for their business, through an in-depth understanding of the risk involved in each option.
Mike West, chairman at Keysource, said:
“Despite cyber security and data resilience becoming board-level concerns, there is a dearth of specialist consultancy available in the market to help businesses grasp and manage risks in their data centre estates. This joint venture will fill that gap by combining Keysource’s vast experience in the design and operation of data centres with CRA’s risk management expertise.
“We will work with clients to ensure that they understand where risk lies in their IT infrastructure, select the best options for new investment and mitigate any potential threats. With cyber risk set to take on increasing significance for corporate due diligence, this partnership means we are well placed to capitalise on a growing market.”
Jasbir Sidhu, CEO of CRA, said
“We have 16 years’ experience of providing risk assessments to critical industries – including maintaining national infrastructures in the power, defence and transport sectors. Our approach, which sees us look at the facilities, hardware and human elements of day-to-day operation, will enable us to ensure that the joint venture’s clients have an incredibly robust understanding of the risk related to their data centres.”
Interested in finding out more or seeing how we can ensure visibility across your data centre estate? Call us on 0345 204 3333 and speak to Oliver Goodman.
Furthering our commercial success in the education, technology and utilities sectors, we have secured new contracts to support three customers’ changing data centre needs.
The new contracts will see us deploy our expertise of working in live environments to deliver projects and services for the University of Leicester, cloud hosting provider brightsolid, and a major utilities company
For the University of Leicester, we will deliver a significant upgrade to the critical cooling infrastructure across its data centres, to support an increase in capacity and maintain high efficiency. The works will keep the institution at the forefront of best practice and discovery-led research. It is our latest contract in a partnership with the university, which has seen us operate the institution’s data centre estate since 2008.
Leading Scottish cloud hosting and colocation provider brightsolid, has appointed us to continue to deliver industry leading critical environment facilities management services for its Tier III Design Certified data centre in Aberdeen. The extended contract follows the first phase of the project, which we delivered in 2015, and has seen strong demand for the facility’s high specification.
We will also continue to deliver on a relationship dating back to 2010 with a major utilities company to carry out the design & build of a data centre at a critical site. The project will see our team work under strict site constraints due to high security and business critical nature of the facility.
Stephen Whatling, MD at Keysource, said:
“As the market for the expansion and improvement of existing facilities remains strong, we’re enjoying growing demand for our expertise in working in challenging, live environments. These contracts demonstrate that our strategy of forming long term partnerships with customers, continues to produce repeat business opportunities, while helping them to remain at the forefront of efficient data centre design and operation.”
2016 was a great year for Keysource’s Facilities Management division, with the team securing major contracts with the Metropolitan Police Service and Leeds City Council, as well as large contract renewals for our customers across Europe.
Operating over 200 facilities across Europe our specialist critical FM offering is growing quickly. In order to support this growth, and as we continue to invest in the delivery of these essential services, Keysource is has now started to take delivery of a new fleet of vehicles.
Able to deliver hard and soft facilities management services for both critical and non-critical environments across Europe to strict SLA’s, call us now to find out more about our FM solutions.
At the beginning of this year we announced that we had evolved our strategy, in line with market needs, to a more consultative led approach. We’ve seen, as customer needs change, that a wholly owned on-premise solution may not be the best option, and that a hybrid solution of cloud, colocation and some on-premise may deliver better against technical and commercial needs.
We’ve been working hard this year delivering strategy and IT Asset advice for both public and private sector organisations across Europe with great success (watch this space for upcoming announcements!) and have launched a new company – Business Critical Solutions – to further support this offering.
But once your strategy is in place – how do you best implement it?
Whilst we have been historically known as the data centre design and build experts (and we have been recognised by leading award bodies across the globe for our projects) our Critical Facilities Management division is less well known. With over 30 critical engineering specialists (plus administration and helpdesk teams) supporting our 200+ contracts across Europe, our teams are constantly looking at new ways of supporting and optimising our customers facilities and operations.
With IT Asset consolidation or moves being required in some cases, expert support is needed to safely and securely transport your IT hardware. In order to further satisfy this need Keysource has recently taken delivery of a new set of bespoke Shock Mounted Portable Server Racks.
They have already had their first outing, transporting the Metropolitan Police Service servers and IT hardware from their old data centre operator across to their new one. Carried out under highly secure conditions and escorted throughout the process by two NPPV (Non Police Personnel Vetting) level 3 staff, the new portable racks ensured the move went as expected and integrity of the data was maintained throughout.
Leeds City Council (LCC) has chosen Keysource, the critical environment specialist, to provide vital support for its data centres in and around the city centre. It follows a competitive tender and is designed to ensure that there is minimal downtime and disruption to IT services and that the data centre environment remains resilient and secure.
Under the terms of the agreement Keysource will provide a critical FM solution across a number of data centres that house the infrastructure to support all the Council’s IT systems. This will include managing a preplanned maintenance programme for all critical equipment to manufacturers’ specifications and frequencies. A robust emergency cover will also be implemented to allow the data centres to function to a high availability.
Keysource will provide a 24/7/365 emergency repair service with a guaranteed response time onsite in under a maximum of 4 hours. Training will also be provided for LCC staff on all aspects of the data centres and equipment.
Melvin Thompson at Leeds City Council, said:
“Our data centres are vitally important with the growth of digital content and it is essential that we have the right partner in place to ensure they are well maintained and managed. Keysource have a proven track record and we look forward to working closely with them to maintain our robust data centre environments.”
Mike West, CEO at Keysource, said:
“Our Critical FM service will deliver seamless, responsive and proactive management of the maintenance services for LCC’s data centres in line with their own strategic objectives. We will focus on fundamental elements such as compliance, risk and availability utilising our unrivalled experience in the data centre environment and our invaluable understanding of Total Cost of Ownership issues.”