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Last day to register your place!

Posted By Kelly Edmond, 10 July 2015

Datacentre Transformation Manchester & DCA Annual Members Conference, 14th & 15th July 2015

We are pleased to announce the date of this year’s Annual DCA Member's Conference which will be held on the 15th July at Manchester University. This is an opportunity for the DCA and its members to review all the successes and progress made in the previous year, and update you on what is planned for the year ahead. The conference also provides members the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas which is key in ensuring the DCA remains effective in supporting you and the industry. Today is your last chance to register for the DCA Member's Conference - click here to book your place

The conference is free to attend for all DCA Members, however with only a capacity to accommodate 150 attendees we would urge you all to book your place by registering above as soon as possible.

The timing of the conference has been designed to coincide with the Datacentre Transformation Conference Manchester (DT Manchester) and (time permitting) we encourage all members planning on attending the Annual Members Conference to also register and attend DT Manchester as well the day before on the 14th July which will be hosted at the same venue.

We would also like to invite you to stop over and join us at the DTC Gala Dinner on the evening of the 14th July which enables members to network and then enjoy the delights of Manchester's night life before the DCA Members Conference the day after! For more information on DTC and to register or book you place at the Gala dinner please click HERE

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Take a virtual tour of Airedale's new Leeds facility

Posted By Administration, 01 July 2015
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A virtual tour of Airedale International’s manufacturing, technology centre and administrative facilities in Rawdon, Leeds is now available for those wanting to take a sneak peek at how the cooling specialist's new HQ will look both internally and externally.

The internal layout has been redesigned to allow a more logical and efficient flow to operations, with all production and testing sited on a single storey and under one roof. The new facility, which has a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating in recognition of its environmental credentials, will also include a number of other important improvements to meet health & safety, aesthetic and environmental considerations that will benefit both the business as well as local residents.  

The business expects a phased relocation back to Rawdon during late 2015 and all departments fully operational from the new facility in early 2016.

To view a live time lapse camera and month by month recording of the redevelopment works both internally and externally please click here 

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Why roll over? Migrating data centres might be hard work, but the benefits are worth it

Posted By Ian Bryant, VP of Advanced Services at CenturyLink EMEA, 25 June 2015
Updated: 25 June 2015

How often do you get a letter from your car insurance company reminding you that your policy is up for renewal, and rather than shop around you just let it roll over? We’ve all been guilty of this at one time or another, even when the premium is higher, so it’s no wonder that when it comes to renewing a data centre contract, people just continue with their existing supplier. 

And there’s no getting around the fact that many CIOs and infrastructure directors are either reluctant, or not in a position, to migrate to the cloud. Indeed a global study of 1,600 ICT decision makers recently claimed that 41% of respondents said migrating complex apps to the cloud is “more trouble than it’s worth”.

Part of the reason for this is that many cloud vendors don’t provide a clearly defined journey to the cloud. We all know that almost everything will be hosted in the cloud eventually, but not all applications are cloud-ready, and many are quite expensive to migrate. The cloud-only vendors make light of this, but our take – as a provider of cloud, colo and managed services – is to provide plenty of options, all under one data centre roof.

If you’re in a situation where you’re thinking, “I want to keep my data and applications in a physical environment, but need to cut costs, shorten my contract length and benefit from better availability,” then migrating your data centre is definitely worth investigating. This is especially the case if you have your eye on public or private cloud hosting in the future. 

The flexibility aspect is an interesting one. The cloud business model has influenced people’s expectations of data centre contracts. In the old days contracts were three, five and even seven years long. Those days are over – 12 to 24 months is more common for a data centre contract, and six to 12 months isn’t out of the question. 

It means that data centre migration needs to be less of a big deal from the customers’ perspective. It also presents commercial challenges to data centre providers as they can’t be certain of longer term revenues. 

They have old, big annuity based contracts, allowing them to reinvest that five year income into other services. All of a sudden there’s a utility based model with no guaranteed income stream.

Companies like ours, which were originally based on a data centre business already, have the infrastructure in place and we’re always building more because we know that demand is constantly increasing. We’re opening new data centres all over the world and expanding those we have every year.

Where do businesses typically go wrong with a data centre migration?

A data centre migration goes wrong when there’s not enough planning. 

The term “lift and shift” is used within the industry, but that’s a bit of a misnomer and under-sells the size of the task. Luckily this is our bread and butter. One example: we recently migrated a customer that involved more than a thousand devices, over a series of physical moves. We couldn’t have done this without planning every phase thoroughly.

As part of our methodology, we consider a multitude of things, such as looking closely at the business model, how IT affects the business, the applications that are run, and whether there is any resilience built into the application.

We review the technology underneath it all and ask lots of questions. Is it all up to date? (It’s not uncommon for the answer here to be “no”) What about support contracts? What about your escalation process and the skills and the staff?

In any migration the discovery phase is the most important.

When migrating a data centre you need to understand every piece of hardware and every part of the network connectivity. You also need to understand every dependency between platforms and those between applications. 

Because it’s worth it

As the colocation market continues to become more competitive and businesses expect the flexibility they can see in public cloud contracts, we’ll see more and more data centre migrations. For businesses that are looking at a bimodal IT strategy, it also makes sense to migrate. This way legacy applications can be migrated to colo and new applications can be run on the cloud – all with one provider and all managed from one dashboard. It’s when companies have achieved this that they look back at the hard work in the planning phase and see that it’s all worthwhile. 

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DCA Collaboration update - Oracle User Group

Posted By Simon Campbell-Whyte, 25 June 2015
Updated: 25 June 2015

The influence of DCA members is again being extended with the addition of a new strategic partner The UK Oracle User Group which adds a further 8,500 people to our audience who are direct end users of data centre facilities. The mission of the UKOUG is to serve the Oracle user community and of course data centres are a key foundation for any successful Oracle deployment, therefore UKOUG see the DCA as the leading association for the sector and the value we bring to thier members through our thought leadership and our initiatives. We'll be exchanging your views and news, which of course is now absolutely essential to the success of best practices, new methodologies and knowledge sharing.

More news will follow as we discuss the major topics and develop the strategy going forward.

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Training and Education Courses 2015

Posted By Kelly Edmond, 23 June 2015

Dear all members, 

 

Are you looking to improve your skills or need further training? Training and Education courses run by our members are now up on the DCA Event Calendar. These courses run month by month, with a range of courses to choose from with CNet Training and DCProfessional Develoment.

Click Event Calendar now to view the courses running from July all the way through to September!

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DCA Certifications update - Congratulations to Aimes

Posted By Simon Campbell-Whyte, 19 June 2015

Over the past few years much hard work has been put into not only building the DCA membership to enable a collective mission but also essentially its deliverables. One key project has been the DCA Certifications scheme which is now ready for exploitation.

With the news of AIMES Grid Services achievement, and with several more in the pipeline, it worth reminding ourselves of what the scheme is and why we embarked upon its development three years ago.

First of all let’s just cover what it is NOT; it isn’t just a “badge”, this would have been a relatively simple task to have completed long ago. Nor is it a “new” standard. The scheme is underpinned by existing accepted Standards and best practices which are essentially driven by the scheme. Nor is it a commercial money making scheme, the costs are what they are - and no more. Having a commercial angle can bring unwanted pressures, the DCA has no reason to avoid returning a “no” result and all costs can be broken down to every penny or cent of the materials and labour needed for the activity.

So what can we say it definitely IS? Many people believe a scheme that brings independent verification of industry best practices is long overdue and that there are strong drivers for not only privately operated and service provider data centres, but also those that use them and buy them. These drivers are many and varied, such as reducing misplaced commoditisation and recognising where investment in excellence and professionalism has been made. In addition, not only does the scheme provide customers and stakeholders with the knowledge that an independent verification has been carried out, but also reassures them that the process is repeated on a regular basis.

However some “golden rules” are crucial to ensure a scheme such as this can be robust enough to be trusted. Therefore guiding principles have been determined from the beginning and tested throughout development and through consultation. These include; independence and freedom to choose suppliers, no conflict of interest, affordability for large and small data centres and use of “real” Standards wherever possible. This approach along with the clarity the scheme provides by addressing the main deliverables of a data centre, means that the scheme can make data centres better understood which can be trusted by customers and end users.

The programme now represents an opportunity for members and the industry to demonstrate responsibility for their own standards and differentiate themselves at a cost only a non-profit association can deliver.

It is very important for operations such as AIMES who take best practices, performance information and energy efficiency seriously, to gain recognition and to set an example. Users and customers are demanding more and whatever your role within the data centre industry, whether a service provider or a supplier, the end result of driving best practices is the same – better data centres and more customer confidence in the take up of the best products and services the industry offers.

I’m pleased that AIMES Grid Services, Liverpool data centre has completed the process and achieved Certification, please read the press release HERE, and I look forward to reporting on others soon.  

So in summary, I would urge you to consider participation in the scheme by either getting your data centre certified or urging your customers to become certified. Please visit the DCA website pages on Certifications for more information or contact our network of Approved Firms who have been verified as experienced leading experts on data centres and all the aspects and processes of the scheme.

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More DCA Updates

Posted By Kelly Edmond, 12 June 2015

Dear DCA members

There's been a lot going on recently, so I wanted to to update you on some recent news and improvements we’ve made to the DCA and the member’s portal.

Member Directory - we have now implemented a new member search facility which is backed up with an Advanced Search, new search engine and data base. This will help site visitors find your company quicker and faster as well as helping people collaborate, network and connect online. So a good time to make sure your DCA profiles are fresh and up to date. In addition on the main DCA website we have re-organised the member links by membership type to again make it simpler for users to find you.

Featured members - we have now implemented a new featured members widget with rotating logos. As you may or may not know we feature members who are contributing to the current issue of the DCA Journal every month. 

DCA Journal - Please note the copy deadline for contributions to the Summer Edition is 22nd June. Skills, Training and Education is the subject matter which is a massive issue for the industry – your thoughts and contributions on this, especially those related to what role you think the DCA should play in this area, are especially welcome.

Social Media - DCA Twitter followers continue to rise with over 100 new followers every month. And our impressions are always over 3,500 per month so the impact of being a DCA member continues to rise.

DCA Certifications Interest in this is steadily rising following the latest achievements and updates. New pages for you to find information have been added to the Certification pages, including the latest downloads and Approved Firms directory.

Member’s survey - Thank you to all who have contributed so far, if you haven’t yet completed the survey we would appreciate you taking a few minutes to do so please. Your views on how we can improve are vital to us and we will discuss the findings at the members meeting on July 15th– and you get a chance to win an Apple Watch!

Annual Members Meeting - Manchester University is the venue for the DCA Member’s Members meeting on 15th July. It’s the same venue as the Data Centre Transformation conference being held the day before on the 14th July run by our media partner & DCA Journal publisher, Data Centre Solutions (DCS). DCS are hosting a dinner (great for networking) the night before (14th July) the Dinner costs £75 for non-members, £68 DCA members and is always memorable. So why not combine this with visiting Data Centre Transformation conference on the 14th  and the members conference!

Any questions or queries on the above please let me know - 

All the best,

Kelly

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Healthcare and The Cloud

Posted By Ravneet Nagra, Six Degrees Group, 28 May 2015

Cloud computing can be a daunting prospect for the healthcare sector as such vast quantities of highly sensitive data is at risk. However, we discuss how thinking of “The Cloud” as one single entity is to misinterpret it; it is essentially using the server capacity of your provider. Knowing the difference between types of cloud provider is key, and understanding which cloud best works for your organisation can help transform how you manage your IT.

Click here to read the full article.

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Main Stream Media Opportunity - But you have to move fast!

Posted By Kelly Edmond, 28 May 2015

We have just been advised of a main stream media opportunity within The Guardian which is too good an opportunity to miss - the cut off date is in June, so you would need to act fast as the date is looming! 

 

For the 6th time, MediaPlanet UK are producing the campaign on Cloud Computing. This year it brings with it special focus into the Data Centre Industry and its importance to the growth of the Cloud. 

The campaign is to be distributed nationally within the Guardian newspaper, at The Cloud World Forum and finally on a digital content hub at CloudTechInfo.co.uk.

 

All content in the campaign is sourced from reliable independent sources such as  The Data Centre Alliance, techUK and The Cloud Industry Forum. The campaign is specifically looking into how your choice of Data Centre can affect your businesses success.

 

Media Planet are pleased to offer a one off 25% discount on rate card prices for Data Centre Alliance members wanting to advertise in the campaign. Booking deadline is in June.

 

Please contact Oliver Goodwin on 07415361156 or email him,oliver.goodwin@mediaplanet.com with any questions about the campaign and quote DCA to receive your discount.

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EURECA website now live!

Posted By Kelly Edmond, 26 May 2015

The EURECA project is part of the European Commission Horizon 2020 innovation and research programme dealing with energy efficiency and market uptake and is specifically related to data centres and the public sector.

The project is focussed on providing coordination and support for the uptake of high energy performance data center related products and services within Europe’s Public Sector organisations. The aim is to provide Public Sector procurement teams with access to an online tool which incorporates all the industry’s best practices, performance indicators and metrics.

The project consortium is comprised of experts from the Data Centre Alliance, CBRE/Norland, Telecity, Carbon3IT, Green IT Amsterdam, Certios and Maki Consulting and is led by University of East London who are act as the project Coordinator. The total budget for the project is €1.5M.

The concept of the project is to make the complex world of data centre energy efficiency accessible to non-expert and easier to navigate. The EURECA tool captures data about the format and setup of the data centre along with which best practices have been deployed.  Which then helps identify the opportunities for energy savings, and provides a broad overview of the procurement actions that are needed to improve the environmental performance of the facility in question.

The website is now live and provides more details on the mission and the plan of work. Crucially, the website offers options to get involved and remain informed on the project’s progress. The website can be found at www.EURECA-project.eu


Tags:  Datacentre  efficiency  energy-efficient computing  EU Commission  Horizon 2020  public sector 

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Do you speak IT?

Posted By Campbell Williams, Six Degrees Group, 21 April 2015

The digitalisation of business is transforming the way the IT and Marketing departments work.

The expansion of social media, ‘mobile-everything’ and the cloud mean businesses digital activity is becoming a powerful revenue stream.

Campbell Williams asks how this will ultimately affect the IT and Marketing budgets, whether the Chief Digital Officer will place the traditional Chief Marketing Office and Chief Information Officer roles and what this will mean for marketers in the future...?

Click here to read more.

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Do you know your IaaS from your SaaS?

Posted By Ravneet Nagra, Six Degrees Group, 14 April 2015

In today’s working world we are surrounded by acronyms and abbreviations. A survey we carried out found that IT professionals use more jargon than lawyers, politicians and bankers! And for many users from the outside looking in, the terms used may not make any sense at all.

So our team have designed a Jargon Buster to help break down the mystery behind many cloud computing terms. This guide can be used to provide a helping hand to our customers and also for other industry workers.

So what do they mean?

Infrastructure as a Service

The first few layers of the hosting value chain whereby cloud-based infrastructure (e.g. compute and storage) is provided as a Service for a time-based rental model (per minute, hour, day, week, month, etc).

Software as a Service

In a SaaS model, the cloud service provider is responsible for all technical elements from infrastructure, through platform, to the application itself. The customer will typically pay on a “per user, per month” model, e.g. if they wish to rent Microsoft Exchange mailboxes, this is delivery by the provider from their multi-tenant platform.

Click here to discover more terms with our Jargon Buster!

 

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PUE Record busted!

Posted By John Booth, Carbon3IT, 01 April 2015

Reversed PUE Trend in Europe

 

Hot on the heels of the EURECA project that is designed to improve energy efficiency of data centres in the Public Sector, one European country has beaten them to it! The secret government data centre, which can’t be named due to security concerns has published PUE results of 0.2 that are completely the reverse of the industry average of 2.0. Dilbert Watkins the consultant who worked on the project said “This data centre is the most efficient yet, when we turn it on we will also be using waste heat by heating up our breakfasts on specially designed fittings that fit on the reverse of the racks.

The DCA look forward to finding out more about the facility for a future article.

 

 

Tags:  energy-efficient computing  eureca  pue 

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Specialist Steering Group Meeting Dates

Posted By Administration, 26 March 2015

Dear all DCA Members, 

To make things easier for all we have booked the dates in advance for the Specialist Steering Groups! 

Here are the following workshops to look out for and register to:

DCA Operational Professionalism Steering Group Workshop
17/04/2015

Location: London, Greater London    Time: 2pm - 5pm

DCA Certification Requirements Steering Group Workshop
28/05/2015

Location: London, Greater London    Time: 2pm - 5pm


DCA Site Access Control and Security Group Workshop
12/06/2015

Location: London, Greater London    Time: 2pm - 4pm

DCA Operational Professionalism Steering Group Workshop
06/10/2015

Location: London, Greater London    Time: 2pm - 5pm

DCA Energy Efficiency & Cooling Steering Group Workshop
17/11/2015

Location: London, Greater London    Time: 2pm - 5pm

Never been to a steering group workshop? Find out more what they involve HERE

We hope you see you there!

The DCA Team

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Just because it’s called cloud computing, it doesn’t mean there’s no room for Unified Comms

Posted By Campbell Williams, Six Degrees Group, 26 March 2015
Updated: 26 March 2015

It should come as no surprise that so many businesses across the world are starting to embrace cloud computing. Why wouldn’t they, when the benefits of off-premise hosting are not only numerous but compelling: reduced IT costs, flexibility, scalability, economies of scale, business continuity and disaster recovery are to name but a few. Given the advantages it provides, why are these same technology adopters not reaping the rewards that cloud hosting can offer their Unified Comms (UC) opertations?

While businesses are busy moving their IT to the cloud, few have realised the benefits of moving their telecoms and communications there too. This just goes to show that far too many people still think of technology as IT rather than ICT. It may be called cloud computing but it isn’t only IT applications such as email and CRM that can be virtualized; these days it is perfectly possible to have a virtual instance of your IP telephony call control hosted on an off-premise cloud next to your production IT estate.

UK businesses need to bear this in mind because, at the moment, many of them are missing a trick by failing to recognise the business benefits of moving telephony to the cloud. This has been highlighted by a recent survey of UK businesses conducted for Six Degrees Group (6DG) which found more than half of those using cloud for IT hosting had not considered using it for their telephony and UC.

The survey revealed that even when businesses were using cloud for their telephony, they were mark-edly cautious about doing so, with only a small proportion willing to host more than three-quarters of their telephone systems in the cloud.

Of the 52% of businesses that were not using cloud for their telephony, 44% said control was the main reason for keeping systems on-premise, and just over a quarter had concerns over quality and redundan-cy compared to traditional telephony systems. In what could be seen as a scathing indictment of the fail-ure of the cloud computing sector to inform customers of the technology’s potential, a remarkable fifth of businesses were not even aware that telephony could be hosted in the cloud.

Given the benefits that IP telephony can provide, ignorance in this case is most definitely not bliss. Cloud-based telephony can deliver speed, flexibility and scalability to a company’s communications and provides a more tailored solution. Just as with IT in the cloud, a hosted telephony service removes the need for large, upfront capital investments and upgrades.

Despite concerns over control, quality and redundancy, telephony in the cloud is just as resilient and se-cure as on-premise systems. The service also provides the flexibility for businesses to access voice, video and collaboration tools on virtually any device while enjoying the OPEX benefits that are only achievable with cloud. Cloud-based telephony services can deliver a new path to greater business agility for compa-nies while providing them with the flexibility of a pay-as-you-grow environment.

The time has come for companies benefiting from cloud for IT to recognise they have the opportunity to do the same with telecoms and UC. At the moment, many businesses are not taking full advantage of the benefits of cloud computing, and even those using hosted IP telephony aren’t using it to its full potential. In some cases, it doesn’t help that services providers have failed to explain that it makes sense to stream-line operations and put telephony in the cloud too.

Businesses anxious about moving telephony to the cloud should look for a converged services provider that can address their quality and control requirement, by using a fully-featured single-instance virtu-alised IP-PBX that’s fully resilient. It’s perfectly possible for businesses to get the best of on-premise in-frastructure with the business benefits of the cloud. All they have to do is call.

Click here to read more.

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11 Ways to Save

Posted By Peter McShane, Ark Data Centres, 25 March 2015

Should you stay or should you go? If you’re working in government and wondering whether or not to change your data centre provision under the Crown Hosting Data Centres procurement framework read on.

One of the biggest decision factors is cost. There has been much press speculation about the huge potential savings to the public purse. But, how are all of these cost savings possible? For transparency, we’ve listed some of the ‘hows’ below:

 

1.    Simplified Procurement. Crown Hosting Data Centres has simplified the data centre services selection process in government by creating  a comprehensive catalogue.. This will save time, effort and therefore money. 

2.    Superior energy efficiency. Our dedication to adopting pioneering new technology and innovating everywhere means that our data centre offerings are twice as efficient as the industry standard.

3.    Power utilisation and cost transparency. All of our customers can expect complete transparency over their service utilisation and costs, providing comprehensive management information for future IT planning. 

4.    Reduced supplier margins. Our reduced cost of operation represents a significant opportunity for us to pass on cost savings to our customers. So we do. 

5.    Agile contracts. Not only will this procurement framework further drive the unbundling of large legacy contracts, but it delivers a commercial approach that ensures more flexible, cost-efficient contracts.

6.    Fixed PUE. All Crown Hosting Data Centres contracts come with a low fixed power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating, and provide power at cost. 

7.    No ‘hidden extras’. For example, there is no additional cost for floor strengthening, because our data centres don’t have raised floors. Instead we have rotated the cooling process by 90 degrees, so that cool air flows through the hardware and not in front of it. 

8.    Ready-to-go. The presence of a fully fitted environment including electrical infrastructure is IT ready to on-board racks with no additional capital expenditure. 

9.   ‘Meet-me-rooms’. These rooms within each data room substantially reduce cabling costs.

10.  Lower onboarding costs. These are achieved with fast setup due to pre-installed infrastructure and Match TechnologyTM that allows any rack density in any configuration.

11.  Low latency inter-site connectivity - also supports lower costs.

There’s no doubt that we can (and do) substantially reduce the business risk and overall cost of public sector departments and organisations. To find out more email us at info@crownhostingdc.co.uk

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Where the Cloud Touches the Ground

Posted By Jason Liggins, Ark Data Centres Limited, 23 March 2015
Updated: 23 March 2015

As government departments and agencies start to get their heads around what Crown Hosting Data Centres actually means for them, no doubt a few questions will arise.

Some of those questions might benefit from clarity around how G-Cloud and Crown Hosting Data Centres now co-exist.

Under HM Government's Cloud First policy the hosting of many existing and new applications will move to the public cloud over the next few years. Crown Hosting Data Centres will support and complement this policy by providing data centre services for applications not suitable or not ready for cloud hosting - or for which conversion to cloud readiness would be uneconomic.

Clouds need data centres too. Their physical infrastructure has to be hosted somewhere. The Crown Hosting Data Centres are provided by Ark on large dedicated, secure campuses that are also home to a number of significant G-Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) suppliers such as Capita, Skyscape and a number of others that can’t be mentioned here. In effect, we come in where the public sector cloud touches the ground.

Simply put, Crown Hosting Data Centres is designed to support existing, private infrastructure in the public sector and through the close proximity (local network) to G-Cloud IaaS suppliers, facilitates the journey from legacy infrastructure to the cloud. This close proximity also enables infrastructure flexibility; public sector services composed of components that are both cloud suitable and unsuitable can be created without the technical constraints of geographical separation. 

So, Crown Hosting Data Centres complements G-Cloud, because it provides public bodies with a physical space to host their non-cloud based computer servers and systems alongside G-Cloud suppliers. Until now, individual departments paid to either build their own centres or outsource the service as part of their own locked in IT contracts. 

IT technology changes a generation every 18 months and each generation can do the job of the last using about half the amount of physical kit. This continual advancement if taken advantage of, can allow the public sector to consolidate the amount of data centre space it uses. Crown Hosting Data Centres enables this consolidation alongside adoption of cloud, but it does more than this, it is an opportunity to transform public sector services, for example through cross department exchange of information and the adoption of common services. 

If you have any questions about Crown Hosting Data Centres, don’t hesitate to contact us at info@crownhostingdc.co.uk.

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ESOS & Data Centres

Posted By John Booth, Carbon3IT, 19 March 2015

Some of the DCA members may be aware of the Governments new energy saving opportunities scheme known as ESOS , 

Government established ESOS to implement Article 8 (4-6) of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (2012/27/EU). The ESOS Regulations 2014 give effect to the scheme.

ESOS is a mandatory energy assessment scheme for organisations in the UK that meet the qualification criteria. The Environment Agency is the UK scheme administrator.

Organisations that qualify for ESOS must carry out ESOS assessments every 4 years. These assessments are audits of the energy used by their buildings, industrial processes and transport to identify cost-effective energy saving measures.

Organisations must notify the Environment Agency by a set deadline that they have complied with their ESOS obligations. You do not need to register as the Environment Agency do not expect to hear from organisations until 2015 when they are fully compliant.

Ref:https://www.gov.uk/energy-savings-opportunity-scheme-esos

Our MD and principal consultant has now been awarded his ESOS lead assessor qualification, this required prior knowledge of energy auditing best practices (gained through ISO 50001 in his case), attendance on an ESOS lead assessor course, the completion of an assessment paper and a peer review.

We are now listed on the EMA ESOS register which can be viewed on their website http://www.theema.org.uk/ema-lead-assessor-register/

Data Centre World took place at London's Excel Arena last week and we took the opportunity to speak to many of the exhibitors and delegates about ESOS, many of them were unaware of the legislation (which is going to be huge problem, especially as the end date is the 5th December 2015) but those who were, were mystified by some of the quotes they had been getting from ESOS lead assessors to sign off or conduct and sign off the ESOS report.

 They ranged from £375 (yes, that is correct!) to £75,000 for a 4 site Data Centre company, which included 3 data centre sites and 1 office complex with a data centre attached.

The variance is alarming, what exactly are you getting for your money?

Well, as an ISO 50001 auditor and an ESOS assessor company, we can tell you that there are 2 ways to comply with the legislation, the first is to do what the EU Commission is intending you to do and that is to conduct a thorough detailed energy audit of all your operations as required in the legislation, this can be fulfilled by your own internal audit team (as long as the quality of the data is in compliance!), or by the ESOS lead assessor, identify the potential energy savings and prioritise them to your companies internal financial standard and then seek sign off by a registered ESOS lead assessor (to check the methodology, data and savings costings and priority) and to advise on actual compliance with DECC.

The second way is to do a tick box exercise, use your electricity bills, hope that there are no energy savings opportunities, do the absolute minimum to be compliant and hope that you do not get audited.

There will always be energy saving opportunities!

Bearing in mind that once all the data has been compiled, the EU will expect that some energy saving WILL take place, if it does not, then the scope of the legislation may well change for the next reporting period to mandate that the top 4 energy saving opportunities identified in the ESOS report by the time of the next reporting period.

It is entirely possible that an organisation will manage to escape censure from ESOS (fines are applicable for non compliance, and continued non compliance until an ESOS report is produced) but with energy prices rising it may be wasted exercise.

 We offer the following services:

ESOS Scoping, we will visit your premises and conduct a ESOS scoping audit, this will determine the extent of the required ESOS audit that you should undertake given your current status, this will include the quality of the data, the ability of your current team, and the future strategic view of your organisation.

This service is priced @ £1000 + VAT + UK expenses (we normally travel by train but for certain assignments we may need to travel the day before and hire cars etc, this will be passed on at cost)

 Once we have completed our initial assessment we will provide you with a detailed breakdown including our costs of what you should do to complete your ESOS assessment.

This may include the installation of additional sub metering equipment, a further review of the energy data, your processes, and the verification or identification of energy saving opportunities, which may take additional time.

We only work in the Data Centre fields, but you can use our services in conjunction with your normal energy consulting service as they are EXTREMELY unlikely to have the depth of knowledge required to identify energy savings opportunities in the white space and M&E sides of your business and have operations knowledge and will make suggestions for energy saving that are, to be frank, dangerous and likely to cause problems in your IT and FM teams.

We are also very well experienced in data centre auditing as we provide review services for the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres (Energy Efficiency), undertake CEEDA assessments for DCD, are ISO 50001 lead auditors and are conducting research into energy efficient best practice for data centres as a beneficiary of the EU funded DC EURECA programme.

If you would like to arrange an ESOS scoping visit OR find out more about energy efficiency in the data centre please contact us on 01926 843835, email info@carbon3it.com with ESOS in the subject line, or follow us on twitter @carbon3it and direct message us.

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Training and Education Courses 2015

Posted By Kelly Edmond, 06 March 2015

Dear all members, 

 

Are you looking to improve your skills or need further training? Training and Education courses run by our members are now up on the DCA Event Calendar. These courses run month by month, with a range of courses to choose from with CNet Training and DCProfessional Develoment.

Click Event Calendar now to view the courses running from March all the way through to June

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2015 marks the return of AVK’s popular ‘Critical Power Seminars'

Posted By Rob Wallace, AVK|SEG (UK) Ltd, 06 March 2015

 

Our seminars aim to provide clear and concise advice regarding standby generators and UPS systems.

These focus on design, sizing  and evolution, as well as aiming to demystify all of the standards and legislations surrounding critical power products.

Our seminars are structured in such a way as to be informative, rather than a ‘sales-push’,  provide valuable insight into the application of standby diesel generators and UPS systems on a typical power project, highlighting the obstacles and technical considerations that may be encountered and how these are overcome. It will be of great benefit to anyone who has involvement in the design, planning, procurement and project management of critical power for such sites.

The program is concise, yet comprehensive, lasting approximately 1-1 ½ hours at your office premises and at a time convenient to you and your colleagues/interested parties.  We provide all presentation equipment, a Design Guide and an Information Pack for all delegates. We will also be pleased to pay for some light refreshments, which we ask that you arrange locally, and we will reimburse you as appropriate.  Our presenters will arrive in good time to set up equipment etc. - all we require is a suitable conference room for the seminar.


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