Keysource shortlisted at this year’s DCS Awards

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!

Keysource is chosen to deliver major data centre project for leading cruise ship operator

We are proud to announce we have been appointed by a leading cruise ship operator to design and install a new data centre at its new headquarters in Uxbridge.

The contract will see Keysource deliver a turnkey data centre system to support the client’s business critical IT services associated with the operation of 14 cruise ships – including performance monitoring and proactive identification of potential issues.

The project follows a decision by the client to relocate its staff from Italy and central London to consolidate its operations and support future growth. In addition, the system will also house data for the recordings generated by the client’s UK contact centre which receives calls from new and existing customers around the world.

Keysource’s appointment will see it lead on key design objectives including the support of flexible IT requirements and the ability for the data centre to work efficiently at low loads in line with business requirements.

Jon Healy, Associate Director at Keysource, said:

This new solution will be developed in line with the latest regulations and industry standards. It will guarantee long term reliability and availability of critical services to the business but ensure they are delivered in a sustainable and efficient way, maximising the return on investment

Keysource wins at Datacentre Dynamics Awards

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.

Keysource Ltd is acquired by Styles&Wood Group

Integrated property services group, Styles&Wood Group plc, has advanced its successful diversification strategy with the acquisition of Keysource Limited – a provider of specialist technical services to the data centre and critical facilities sectors.

The acquisition will enable Styles&Wood to expand into the growing data centre services market and provide new opportunities to broaden work streams with both existing and new customers.

Based in Horsham, Sussex, and incorporated in 1998, Keysource specialises in delivering engineering and technology services for business critical environments. The Keysource executive management team, which will remain with the business, has over 50 years’ experience working with some of the world’s leading organisations across a diverse range of sectors, including finance and banking, education and industrial. Keysource will continue to operate under its existing brand and the deal has been designed to provide it with a stronger operational and financial platform to support its ambitious growth plans moving forward.

The acquisition is in line with Styles&Wood’s strategy to diversify its service offering across key sectors and enhances the Group’s capabilities in technologies and critical facilities.

Styles&Wood and Keysource have an established working relationship as delivery partners on a strategic framework for one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations.  The Group envisages being able to offer Keysource’s services to its other banking framework customers.

Mike West, CEO at Keysource, said:

“This is a truly exciting strategic move for Keysource. The business is in strong shape and coming under the Styles&Wood umbrella will provide the company and all of our employees with great opportunities for growth in the coming years. In the meantime, it is still very much ‘business as usual’ in terms of client servicing and continuing to build on the fantastic momentum and performance we have delivered this year.”

Tony Lenehan, Chief Executive Officer of Styles&Wood, said:

“The data centre market is a sector we have been looking to enter for some time and believe it has exciting growth prospects, driven by a combination of macro and regulatory factors. Provision of critical facilities to this market will continue to be crucial as it grows.

The acquisition follows our successful joint venture with Keysource on an ongoing major banking framework and we have been very impressed with the team’s expertise and project delivery capabilities. With the prevailing market trend for the expansion and improvement of existing facilities, we believe the combined strength of both businesses’ expertise in working in live environments will make a compelling proposition.

Styles&Wood has a proven successful diversification strategy which has been instrumental in supporting clients across a range of sectors. This acquisition further reinforces our strategic vision and will enable us to broaden our service offerings to existing and new customers and I am excited about the future opportunities for the Group as a whole.”

Headquartered in Sale, Greater Manchester, Styles&Wood provides a full range of integrated property and project delivery services to some of the UK’s premier brands and blue-chip organisations. Its integrated offer includes design, building intelligence systems, facilities solutions and fit-out and refurbishment services which provide clients with the opportunity to optimise the performance of their property assets.

According to the AMA Research Data Centre Construction Market Report published in March 2016 the market for data centres is forecast to reach over £1.1bn by the end of 2020, representing annual growth of 3 to 4%.

Keysource to provide critical facilities management support for Leeds City Council

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.”

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