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Standalone Electronic Security for Data Centre Racks

Posted By Andy Billingham, EMKA (UK) Ltd, 05 March 2015

We are delighted to offer base level standalone electronic cabinet security with our 1150 electromechanical swinghandle.This provides digital PIN pass code protection for a main lock, plus one other, e.g. a rear door or possibly a neighbouring rack. In a day-to-day data centre or co-location environment the digital keypad can operate two doors together or separately with mechanical cylinder key locks retained for use in case of power failure.

The electromechanical 1150 features an activation window when the correct code is entered on the pin pad then the lock is pre-energised and a green LED is illuminated on the handle. The handle lever then needs to be depressed briefly and released within a live window. After this the window closes and the lock resets – a correct PIN must then be re-entered. Five different PIN codes are available per handle. The administration of the code numbers is carried out directly at the keypad and requires authorisation via special master code number.

The 1150 electromechanical swinghandle is suitable for multi-point flat or round rod systems as well as using industry standard cut-outs, so is a simple retro-fit to upgrade existing equipment with single point or multi-point rod lock installations.

Tags:  data centre security  digital keypads  electromechanical swinghandles  electronic cabinet security  swinghandles 

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Talk to DCA Members at Data Centre World 2015!

Posted By Kelly Edmond, 05 March 2015

 

Many DCA Members will be out in force over both days at London’s EXCEL for Data Centre World, covering the length, breadth and best of the industry’s technologies and services look out for DCA members below:

                          

2bm – B50 - http://www.data-central.org/member/2bm

4Energy - C104 - http://www.data-central.org/member/4ENERGY

ABB – C30(A) - http://www.data-central.org/member/ABB-Europe

Airedale International - C32 - http://www.data-central.org/member/airedale

ARC: MC – E10 - http://www.data-central.org/member/ARCMC

AVK-SEG - B85 - http://www.data-central.org/member/avk-seg

CenturyLink Technology Solutions – 420 - http://www.data-central.org/member/CenturyLink  

CONDAIR - C60 - http://www.data-central.org/member/Condair

CNet Training - E105 - http://www.data-central.org/member/cnet

DATARACKS – H50 - http://www.data-central.org/member/dataracks  

Datum Datacentres – 710 - http://www.data-central.org/member/datum

DIGITAL REALTY - 720 - http://www.data-central.org/member/digitalrealty

Eaton Electrical Ltd – G95 - http://www.data-central.org/member/EatonElectric

EcoCooling – D40 - http://www.data-central.org/member/ecocooling

Emerson Network Power - C71 - http://www.data-central.org/member/emerson

EMKA - H50 - http://www.data-central.org/member/EMKA

Excool – B40 - http://www.data-central.org/member/excool

Future Facilities – F90 - http://www.data-central.org/member/Future_Facilities

Iceotope – A115 - http://www.data-central.org/member/Iceotope 

Interxion – 522 - http://www.data-central.org/member/interxion

Keysource – C43 - http://www.data-central.org/member/keysource

Next Connex – B100 - http://www.data-central.org/member/NextConnex 

Pulsant – 435 - http://www.data-central.org/member/pulsant

Riello – G40 - http://www.data-central.org/member/riello

Raritan – F110 - http://www.data-central.org/member/RaritanInc

Server Technology – C65(A) - http://www.data-central.org/member/ServerTech

SOCOMEC – G70 - http://www.data-central.org/member/Socomec

Sunspeed Transport Services – A60 - http://www.data-central.org/member/sunspeed

SSE Telecoms – 231 - http://www.data-central.org/member/sse

Telehouse – 434 - http://www.data-central.org/member/telehouse

Uninterruptible Power Supplies Limited – D100 - http://www.data-central.org/member/upspower

Weatherite – D90 - http://www.data-central.org/member/weatherite

Zayo – 1020 - http://www.data-central.org/member/ZayoGroup

To find out more about the projects and activities of the DCA community, please stop by for a chat on stand H95

We will see you there!

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ISO/IEC Resource Efficiency Draft International Standards

Posted By Simon Campbell-Whyte, 03 March 2015

Please note the following Draft International Standards are available for PUBLIC COMMENT you may review and submit comments by 1st April 2015 (a short registration is required). If you would like to join the committee via your national body please contact us for further information.

 

ISO/IEC 30134-1 Overview and scope 

http://drafts.bsigroup.com/Home/Details/54220


ISO/IEC 30134-2 Power Usage Effectiveness  

http://drafts.bsigroup.com/Home/Details/54153


ISO/IEC 30134-3 Renewable Energy Factor  

http://drafts.bsigroup.com/Home/Details/54178


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The Big PUE Con

Posted By Jason Liggins, Ark Data Centres Limited, 25 February 2015

Ever since The Green Grid first introduced the power usage effectiveness (PUE) metric in 2007, it has become enshrined across the industry as the de-facto standard for tracking data centre energy efficiency.

The problem is, however, that many operators are not beyond ‘fudging’ the numbers to appear more efficient than they really are. In the battle to up their PR profile – and appeal to the energy conscious – it’s easy to report numbers that don’t reflect what their true PUE is.

A typical ploy is not counting all energy-consuming devices – making a data centre building appear more efficient than it actually is. Another manoeuvre is to get creative when it comes to deciding which buildings to include in the overall facility PUE calculation.

This massaging of figures does the reputation of the data centre industry no favours. A problem that’s not helped by the fact that everyone is using PUE as the benchmark of choice – and that includes customers who typically look to compare providers based on PUE ratings.

In our latest white paper, PUE: Yesterday’s News, Today’s Fish & Chip Wrapper we lift the lid on why PUE might not be as meaningful as you think – taking you through the guiding principles behind today’s PUE metric and outlining exactly what you should expect to see included in a facility’s PUE calculation.

We also share our view on where the next big drive for energy efficiency should be focused – the computational operations of the data centre itself.

To find out what should be in your PUE, download our white paper and discover how the next generation of energy efficiency measures are shaping up at Ark.

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Why PUE is Yesterday’s News

Posted By Jason Liggins, Ark Data Centres Limited , 20 February 2015
Updated: 20 February 2015

First introduced by The Green Grid in 2007, power usage effectiveness (PUE) has become the de-facto industry standard metric for tracking data centre energy efficiency. But we think it’s time to move on.

Our reasoning behind this is simple. In its day, PUE played a key role in giving data centres a baseline for improving the efficiency of their mechanical and electrical infrastructures. As a result, today’s modern data centres achieve an annual PUE of around 1.2 as the norm.

Ignore for one moment that, as a metric, PUE comes with its share of flaws – something we explore in our latest white paper PUE: Yesterday’s News, Today’s Fish & Chip Wrapper.

Far more worrying is the fact that PUE fails to take account of the IT load itself. And that, we’d argue is where the next big push on energy efficiency needs to take place.

The relentless promotion of ever-lower PUE ratings has diverted attention from the fact that 85% of the energy used in data centre facilities actually relates to computational operations. Shocked? You should be.

It’s an issue we’ve been banging on about for a long time at Ark. PUE, we’d argue, is just part of the energy utilisation story. It can’t, for example, tell you how your energy efficiency changes as IT loads adjust – or indicate where you can decommission servers to achieve extra savings on cooling.

All of which explains why we’re such fans of data centre productivity and virtualisation approaches that deliver more compute – or processor power – for the same level of energy utilisation. And why we’re passionate about working in partnership with IT managers to enable dynamic management – in other words, matching IT loads to cooling and power.

To discover more why not download our whitepaper, which takes you through the PUE conundrum and highlights what the future of data centre efficiency holds.

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My Data Centre New Year’s Resolution

Posted By Simon Brady, Vertiv, 18 February 2015

I am not sure at what point I am meant to stop saying happy New Year to people but Happy New Year to you all.

New Year’s resolutions? Eat and drink less. Do more exercise. Keep my inbox below 200 messages and stop being polite to people who don’t install blanking panels in their data centre racks.

I am not sure when, about 2 years ago I think, it became yesterday’s news to stop publishing and presenting the “10 no cost / low cost data centre efficiency improvements”. I think the original improvement list was much longer and came from the Green Grid but most commercial organisations adapted the original to meet their own needs and reduced it down to 10.

Almost every data centre conference, event, trade show and CPD training session used that list, or a variation of it, to hit home the data centre efficiency message. It got to the point where you could audibly hear the groans in the audience when the slide appeared. So I and everyone else stopped presenting and talking about it. The war was won. The message 100% received. Everyone in the industry knew hot aisle and cold aisle was the only way to lay out your racks. Aisle containment, whatever your preference for hot or cold, should be implemented. Not installing blanking panels in empty u spaces should carry a punishment of being the tea boy for a month.

But guess what? The war was not won at all. Everyone in the industry got weary of the message, nodded their heads. “Yes we know and we all do it, leave us alone”.

It’s similar to using mobile phones while driving. Everyone knows it’s against the law. Everyone agrees it’s a bad thing to do and is dangerous but every single day you see people in their cars holding their phones. I see it every time I drive anywhere and in every country I visit.
It’s exactly the same with blanking panels and many of the other items on list of basic energy efficiency improvements produced in 2008 by the Green Grid.

This is not an exaggeration when I say this. Every single data centre I have ever visited, and I visit a lot in my line of work, is defective when it comes to the energy efficiency basics. I am happy to say most are small offenders. The odd blanking panel missing, the occasional floor tile not sealed correctly, but many are hardened criminals. I still see on a regular basis racks that all face the same direction. Entire rows of empty racks with no blanking or side panels. Medium to high density rows with no aisle containment.

These are the basics people. If you want to start implementing some of the more creative and complex energy efficiency solutions, reduce your energy consumption and save money, then you have to do the simple stuff first.

So my New Year’s resolution is clear. I am dusting off the old presentations. I am going to print out the original Green Grid guide and I am going on a mission. If you don’t want to see a 4 year old power point presentation on blanking panels then I suggest you dig deep into your 2015 budget and start getting the basics right.

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Hybrid IT as the answer to business change

Posted By William Rabie, CenturyLink EMEA Cloud Business Director, 18 February 2015

The accelerating pace of the global economy has created a business environment of intensely competitive markets. 

Real-time IT, coming about from efficient and flexible IT infrastructure, is in great demand. From coping with new business initiatives, spin-offs and mergers and acquisitions (M&A), there are no shortages of situations that demand IT excellence.

Understanding how the modern business landscape can drive IT evolution, and what we can do to bridge this technology gap, is key. 

Keeping up with Retail Buyers 

Customers are undoubtedly the main driver for IT innovation and creativity. Walmart, for example, has recognised the importance of mobile as a channel for website traffic and customer shopping. Mobile now accounts for more than 40% of total website traffic during the holiday season.

Adding a shopping-list function to its mobile phone app to guide customers to find the products they’re searching for, capitalises on this mobile shopping trend. Customers who downloaded the app made more trips to the store and tend to spend up to 40% more once there. 

Walmart is also currently working on their next big tech product - an intuitive mobile shopping list that automatically compiles itself and appears whenever the shopper opens the mobile app. This clearly demonstrates the speed of innovation in the modern business world, and how customer needs and demands can set in motion huge advances. 

Handling IT separation or consolidation anxiety 

Spin-offs and joint venture deals can set in motion changing IT needs. IT restructuring during spin-offs usually requires a combination of migrated and completely new systems, along with the removal of the departing division’s IT system. The challenge arises when trying to keep up the business pace while only getting a skeleton IT crew from the parent company. 

Finding the ‘neutral zone’ between the systems of the acquired company and its buyer during the initial stages of a merger and acquisition is also another challenge, along with the ultimate requirement to consolidate the two companies’ IT infrastructures. In many cases, neither companies’ infrastructure is robust enough to take on the integrated whole.

 In these instances, many challenges can be overcome with hosted colocation services, where a company outsources IT needs to a provider offering a dynamic mix of environments. This results in far superior capabilities to match unique business needs.

 Facilitating start-up growth 

No company’s business changes as fast as the successful start-up. What the company needs on day one will be vastly different to what’s needed in year one, or year six for that matter. Getting stuck in long-term contracts with fixed costs tied to fixed expectations can be problematic when changing needs arise. 

One example of a start-up that managed to overcome this challenge is Procserve. An eProcurement marketplace, Procserve was originally established to serve the 50,000 agencies of the U.K. 

government and launched with a single working server colocated in a data centre. But over the eight years since, the company has added managed and cloud services. Leveraging the scale and SLAs of an experienced managed services provider has enabled Procserve to “appear as a more mature business to its customers” according to Jesper Lynge Petersen, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer.

Coping with ‘bumpy’ growth 

Company growth is not always uniform and requires a degree of scalability and flexibility that traditional IT operations are simply unable to support. New customer behaviours, re-envisioned markets and unexpected competition all require an IT infrastructure that is dynamic and instantly adaptable to a myriad of business circumstances. 

Outsourcing as the answer 

The results of recent research point towards increased interest in hybrid approaches to infrastructure requirements, including data centre colocation, managed services, and the cloud.

Within the next five years, 70% of all IT infrastructure will be outsourced, representing a huge shift away from today’s on-premise model, according to an independent survey of 550 IT executives from around the globe. A hybrid model will dominate, according to the survey, including a mix of on-premise, colocation, cloud-based, and managed service offerings. 

This comes as no surprise, as getting stuck with infrastructure that is not needed, or finding yourself in a position where your infrastructure can’t cope with your business needs, is something that all IT professionals want to avoid. 

Organisations are waking up to the need to outsource and plug into a service provider’s economies of scale. Infrastructure is there when needed to grow a business, but it never becomes a millstone around their necks. 

The benefits of a hybrid outsourcing strategy include lower costs, greater reliability and improved security. But if these are the parts, the whole is even greater. Adopting an outsourced hybrid strategy empowers a business to continuously optimise for rapidly evolving new business conditions, without concern for the impact on legacy on-premise IT infrastructure.

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EMKA at Data Centre World, Stand No. H50

Posted By Andy Billingham, EMKA (UK) Ltd, 16 February 2015

We have become widely known in the Data Centre industry for our high security BioLock technology, which we will be showcasing at the Data Centre World Exhibition on 11th-12th March at ExCel London.

In particular we will feature the BioLock system which provides for the first time, unique fingerprint technology stored and processed in the handle on the cabinet, with an “Indisputable Audit Trail” to protect valuable data and is compliant with the various data privacy rules and regulations such as PCI, SOX, SSAE 16 and HIPPA.

This innovative approach solves many problems for Data Centre managers and greatly advances the security of valuable data in server centres and co-location sites.

We will also be presenting a full program of data security products to physically protect data from internal threats. This ranges from simple locking handles through multiple zone lock formats and wireless coded cabinet handles with many options for stand-alone operation, to fully integrated security and environmental monitoring.

Tags:  data centre security;  data centre world  EMKA BioLock 

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Combination Swinghandle for Data Centre Security

Posted By Andy Billingham, EMKA (UK) Ltd, 16 February 2015

We recognise that even small Data Centres of a few server cabinets handling low sensitivity information still require an appropriate locking system. The 1155 program combination swinghandle is one such solution for data/co-location centres, but also for hardware protection such as bike lockers at universities or other establishments.

The 1155 swinghandle features a conventional round cylinder lock keyed all the same or different as required – this is used in conjunction with a three digit combination lock. The handle may be released using the key only – which also permits the three dial combination to be set. Once set the handle may be released by use of the combination alone – thus the key/pin priority is established for blocks of cabinets with a hierarchy of control.

The IP65 rating also ensures suitability in arduous industrial situations such as banks of control cabinets in a factory environment. The 1155 uses industry standard cut-outs so is a simple retro-fit to upgrade existing equipment with single point or multi-point rod lock installations.

Tags:  combination swinghandle  data centre security  EMKA UK  locking systems;  swinghandles 

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Smoke Signals

Posted By Marc Marazzi, Server Technology Inc., 13 February 2015
Updated: 13 February 2015

Humans have always had an inherent desire to communicate. I think whether we realise it or not, our species has flourished because of the technology enhancements that has allowed us to speed up and improve our communication capability.

Everything of what we see and use today, is simply an upgrade of something that was there before. I think we can go back pretty far and compare communication technology of today with communication technology of yesterday. And I'm talking way back. 

The first tweet - smoke signals 

Like the current tweet, you couldn't put much in to a smoke signal. You had to be frugal with your message due to the way you constructed the 'words'. Admittedly the tweets wouldn't have been as fun or witty as they are now, "Lindsey Lohan caught stealing pair of slippers in discount store #thief #serialoffender" and more information based, like "mammoth killed. Cooking now. Dinner at 8. #hungry" is a possible smoke signal, but the point is that humans were putting out short messages early in our history. 

The first Facebook page - cave paintings (palaeontology)

Yes, I went there. And Why not? Cave paintings were nothing more than static profile updates from cavemen. Instead of updating their post that said "I killed some springbok then got chased by a mountain lion", they had to tell us that as a non-updateable cave painting. 

First GPS - Leaving markings on trees and rocks. So with this one I was trying to think of how far back I could go. I got to compass and then I thought- what did people do before that?

 I suspect a hunter/gatherer (sales manager / channel manager - just kidding) would mark territories to help them find their way back home, or to certain locations like an area of water or food.

And I am sure some of you could think of more, but the interesting discussion I had (with luca, my 10yr old son) is what can come next? What developments will humans make to these technologies and communication tools to improve what we have now?

For me, I'd see speed and power to be the best areas for improvement. Speed- faster processors, faster access to websites, download speeds and overall experience are areas that are constantly worked on but could get better. 

For power- well it's 10am and I'm typing this on my phone (won't say what it is but it's name is shared with a popular fruit. No, not blackberry). And my battery is already down to 29%. And I haven't really done much except respond to emails and upload the odd Instagram picture (marazzi73 #followforfollow etc). I think the leader of the smartphone will be the one who works out how to make batteries last much longer

If you have a smartphone, you will have at least 1 app that uses DataCentres globally. Even if you never install a single app in to your phone, all of your updates for that phone will come from any number of data centres in the world. And if you have a Facebook account, that will be stored in around 7 separate locations in the world.

So if speed and power are dramatically improved, I would say this will drive the next generation of data centres, storage and need for rack level power management. I think people would add more to their smartphones, use them for photos, updates and communicating much more, and this will drive an increase in processing power and storage in data centres, which will drive the need to understand more about what power is being consumed in each cabinet and pick up early if core application services may be at risk. 

We (humans) have less and less patience on how long it takes us to get what we want. Can you imagine having to read a map and planning your journey? Are you prepared to take the amount of time that took? 

Would we be prepared to scrape in to a wall our Facebook status, and DRAW the photos we take so easily nowadays? Not a chance. 

As humans, we do not suffer 'tools' gladly. Any phone app or service that fails and doesn't provide us what we need- we delete it. "Oh, I can't access your welcome page?" Gone. "Your servers are down- try again later?" Bye. We just don't care because there will be another app that can do pretty much the same thing.

So, as a consumer, you will reap the benefits that fickleness brings. For the rest of us that have to deliver that service to you in some form- good luck to us all. 

If you need me, I'll be in a cave scrawling this post somewhere ;) 

Marc Marazzi

 

 

Server Technology will be exhibiting their Intelligent PDUs at Data Centre World in the UK on March 11th and 12th at Stand C65A, so come on by to say hello 

If you have a good example of something old that you can relate to something new (Sony Walkman - iPod, for example)- send it in to us at Servertech. Each one will receive a USB key shaped like one of our HDOT pdus! Trust me, they are cool.

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Would you buy a pair of shoes that were made in a factory or from a ‘cobbler’

Posted By Paul Russell, Vertiv, 13 February 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KUGKndg87m8

  Have You Ever Considered a Modular Data Center?

 

At a recent internal meeting I proposed the question: Would you buy a pair of shoes that were made in a factory or from a ‘cobbler’ (e.g. independent craftsman)? Needless to say, this caused some hilarity amongst my colleagues, but the question has been applied to all forms of consumer goods ever since the 1850’s from baked beans to cars. The answer is – it depends and it could go either way based on the need for customization or preference of hand-made goods. When goods are made by a group of experts carrying out repetitive tasks, in a controlled environment, they are usually less expensive to produce and the product quality is consistent. For hand-crafted goods, your shoes for example, you might have slight variations and they may be more expensive because of the time and personal attention needed to hand-craft them.  This analogy is reflective of the choices CIOs have when deciding whether to start from scratch in building a data center or to choose a modular solution.

In both cases learning, training and experience are always necessary.

Advantages of choosing modular

In fact, data centres have been made in a modular format for a number of years, from a number of vendors, as there are many attractive advantages. But let’s define modular first: “A manufacturing construction method to enable quick assembly of a complete structure, complete with all its services, in sections, within a controlled environment, that is then relocated to its permanent location”.

Normally the fabric for technical buildings is steel, but many fabrics can be used.

So why modular?

1. Build Speed – maybe this is the most attractive feature for clients. In fact, the modules can be designed, fabricated, assembled, fitted out and wired (both electrically and with communications cabling) while the foundations are being constructed on the client’s site. Air conditioning and electrical systems are all included and wired. Modules can even be fitted with toilets and just bolted together on site. Think about it!  – A project build that is no longer affected by weather or dependant on gangs of tradespeople all working together in a small space to achieve the end goal.

2. Quality – No longer is the quality of a project dependant on gangs of people who have never worked together before and who have never co-ordinated their functions before.

3. Fixed Price – Once the project is defined and agreed upon, the price can be agreed. The components are known, the build time is defined, transport costs are calculated and the client has a fixed price, a big advantage over a traditional build where many factors can affect the timeline of a build and therefore the final costs.

In fact there is another cost advantage with a modular build, if you are unsure of the size or capacity of your prospective data centre. With the ‘add-on’ approach, and the appropriate design, you can add modules to an existing build as your demand grows over time. So it is common for each module to be equipped with electrical distribution, that “plugs in” to the main system, independent standalone cooling systems, all with redundancy built in.

Each module can be equipped with the latest security features so that each module can be managed or staffed by independent organisations. Providing the cooling and electrical systems are identical, the site maintenance provider can service and “fault find” outside of the data space, if that is the design, on an individual module with ease.

Of course, vendors such as Emerson know their products and can incorporate all the latest technological techniques into a build and with one of the world’s largest teams of technical personnel, any client special requirements can be designed and delivered. So telephone exchanges, sub stations, combined UPS and generator enclosures, Solar Power transfer stations, cable distribution hubs, temporary data processing modules and even portable buildings are all possible.

Tier structures and PUe (or other metrics) can easily be designed into a modular system and it is much easier to modify or change parameters to amend PUe in a small module rather than a large hall. Using the modular build approach, almost anything is possible. So if you need a generator within the build, or a DC supply for your solar farm, or a telephone exchange and then want to combine this with a concrete render, or a terracotta tile exterior, flat roof, tiled roof, metal roof any combination is achievable. Even workshops and offices can be incorporated, complete with chairs desks and coffee machines!

But maybe the biggest benefit of a modular construction is the fact that it can be built at the factory, then tested and signed off by the client before his foundations are completed! Remember that this is with all the racks wired (in the case of a data centre) all the cooling or fresh air units working.  Offsite testing must be the biggest selling point you see what you get and prove it before it leaves the factory.

However it should be noted that modular cannot fit every situation. The main constraints are transport costs together with transport size and weight constraints. The cheapest form of transport (in the EU) is the standard 24 tonne three axle trailer forming the 40 tonne articulated truck. Within the EU directive 96/53/EC provides the relevant data for height and width constraints on the EU road network. As soon as you design a modular section that goes over these constraints the cost increases, as special trucks are required, with special teams to supervise movement. It is also important to obtain the best value for transport money by designing in the best weight and size ratio to a truck load. So if an area within the modular build is empty the best design might be to flat pack the walls, roof and floors, stack them on a truck and assemble them on site, rather than assemble them into four walls and a floor as a rigid construction.

Remember the shoes? Well just think – you try them on in the shop before taking them home! Just like an Emerson modular construction technical building!

Learn more about modular data centers by watching the video of the T-Systems project.

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Tags:  Datacentre  Date Centre  efficiency  Modular  planning  power 

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EURECA!!

Posted By Simon Campbell-Whyte, 13 February 2015

As posted in the news, EURECA is a winning project bid that has been chosen by the EU Commission to implement a coordination & support action to improve the uptake of energy efficiency and environmental data centre products and services.

The project commences in March and will run for 30 months. The project’s deliverable will be an easy to use self-assessment tool to score a data centre against best practices, KPIs and a maturity model, which then outputs procurement recommendations, guidelines and road-maps. Please note there is no intention to create new standards - but utilise what we already have and those that are soon to arrive.

DCA Members will be kept informed and will be encouraged to participate throughout - DCA members can help right now by assisting with connecting Public Sector organisations to the DCA and promoting the fact that they can join for FREE

Please also see the attached slides providing a short overview of the project - comments & feedback, as always, is most welcome!

 


 

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Tags:  EU CODE of Conduct  EURECA  kpi  public sector 

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7 Key Insights Powering Cloud Services at Skyscape

Posted By Stephen Hall, Ark Data Centres Limited, 13 February 2015

In 2012 Skyscape Cloud Services was founded to provide a range of highly secure Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offerings to public sector organisations. 

Thanks to its partnership with Ark, the Company quickly achieved the highest level of Pan Government Accreditation (PGA) possible for its G-Cloud services – and in the process successfully secured contracts with the Cabinet Office, Home Office, HMRC and MOD. And, with revenue rising by 20% every month, Skyscape has become a British SME success story and the rising star of assured cloud services.

As a provider of secure wholesale data centres, it’s not often we get to boast about our customers in the public domain. So, we’re particularly pleased to publish the Skyscape success story this week. You can read about the resilient secure infrastructure and flexible commercial model here. Or to whet your appetite, here are some the key insights:

 

1.       Usage-based pricing with fully transparent costs

2.       Instant availability and disaster recovery that government agencies need

3.       Modular construction so that additional capacity can be added rapidly and it can adapt as the business grows

4.       Up and running in minutes and easily scaled up or down as required, with customer contract changes accommodated instantly

5.       Demonstrable cost savings from highly energy efficient data centre systems – which also dynamically match cooling and airflow to actual IT demand – all of which Skyscape passes on to its customers

6.       Security controls assessed by the CESG Pan Government Accreditor for IL0-IL3 data (now “OFFICIAL” and “OFFICIAL SENSITIVE”)

7.       ISO9001, ISO2000 and ISO27001 standard compliant.

 

To read the full story on how Skyscape is capturing the cloud services market in partnership with Ark, click here. Or for more information call 0845 389 3355.

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DCA Members Portal App Available Now!

Posted By Kelly Edmond, 12 February 2015

Dear Members, 

We are now live! You can download the DCA Members Portal app from the Apple Store for free! 

You can keep up to date with news and events, update your profile, message your connections and make new connections. 

 

Please feel free to give us your feedback on our DCA app - enjoy and stay up to date

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Enter Riello UPS competition ahead of new product launch

Posted By Rebecca Blackwell, Riello UPS Limited, 12 February 2015

Leading UPS manufacturer Riello UPS is gearing up to unveil a new UPS product and has announced details of a competition to coincide with the launch.

The company will be launching the exciting new product at Data Centre World 2015, which runs between March 11th and 12th at Excel, London, where it is a leading Gold sponsor.

The pre-launch competition can be entered by visiting a dedicated Riello UPS website www.riello-competition.co.uk and correctly guessing the answer to this question: ‘If the new Riello UPS is configured as an N+1 redundant UPS, what is the power density (in KW’s) achieved per square meter (m2)?’

The top prize includes the latest MacBook Pro laptop, with two runner up prizes of Apple iPad minis. Deadline for entries is March 7th 2015.

The new product from Riello UPS offers the maximum in availability, scalability, reliability and serviceability whilst also providing high efficiency, low cost of ownership and high power density, making it ideal for the data centre market where space is at a premium.

Leo Craig, general manager at Riello UPS, said: “Here at Riello UPS, we have a passion for product development and innovation and we are always striving to stay one step ahead of the game by taking in not only the current requirements of our customers but what is coming in the future.

“We have been working with our R&D department, using best practices and the cutting edge designs of all the UPS topologies to develop our latest UPS, and our expert insight means we offer solutions that meets the needs of the modern data centre market.

”This is why we’re pleased to be able to launch the competition to our customers before Data Centre World to promote our new product.”

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DCA Specialist Steering Group Dates

Posted By Kelly Edmond, 11 February 2015
Updated: 11 February 2015

Dear all members, 

The DCA Specialist Steering Groups have workshops set up for the rest of the year. 

The DCA Special Interest Steering Groups have been created to address a number of critical areas affecting the data centre facility itself or the industry as a whole at local, regional or international levels.

Please see the dates below:

DCA Design & Resilience Steering Group Workshop 

18th February

DCA Energy Efficiency/Cooling/DCIM Steering Group Workshop

10th March & 17th November

DCA Operational Professionalism Steering Group Workshop 

17th April & 6th October 

DCA Certification Requirements Steering Group Workshop

28th May

DCA Site Access Control and Security Group Workshop 

12th June

 

All dates are in the Event Calendar for your information and to RSVP. We hope to see you at these future workshops!

Best Regards

Kelly Edmond

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Simple Lock Systems Address Data Security Regulations

Posted By Andy Billingham, EMKA (UK) Ltd, 09 February 2015

As the “Everything but the enclosure” company we have a strong portfolio of cabinet locking optionsfor data storage and processing cabinets. While there has been much recent attention on the high end networking and biometric aspects, it may easily be forgotten that even non-sensitive data is covered by the need for an appropriate level of security.

It is worth remembering that our standard key operated 1150 program swinghandle is often suitable for such simple access control in corporate data centres and co-location centres where any relevant standalone or suite of cabinets may be fitted with “all the same key”, e.g. type 333 or key different but alike, e.g. 723, or keyed all different but within a specific range, with master key option. The 1150 series is also suited to retro-fit situations since it uses industry standard cut outs, and barrels which may be changed to upgrade existing installations.

Tags:  cabinet locking  data security solutions  data storage locking  EMKA UK  processing cabinet locking;  server cabinet lock systems  swinghandles 

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Comments on the DCA Certification Scheme

Posted By Simon Campbell-Whyte, Data Centre Alliance, 03 February 2015

Dear DCA members,

Please be aware we would like your views and comments on the DCA Certification scheme.

As you may know, it is a mechanism for verification of a data centres resilience, operational professionalism, physical security and energy efficiency. Its driven by the need for an independent, affordable, non-commercial scheme that will drive the uptake of standards and best practices and promote trust and enhance the professional reputation of our industry amongst customers, end users and policy makers. 

Of course, the desire is to build a lasting contribution by building a robust scheme that means more than just a badge (that would have been easy). So ensuring a rigorous management system and process takes a lot of development time. However, I’m pleased to report that during our PEDCA project we were able to study other Certification schemes in use in other sectors and roadmap the DCA scheme against these, and international best practices. As a result we now embark on the first operational annual review process and we would like as many of your contributions as possible that can be considered at a review meeting on the 28th May.

The process is simple and uses an online submission HERE

 

All DCA Members will review and vote on recommendations at the meeting on 28th please register HERE 

A proposed draft will be circulated no later than End of July 2015 soliciting approval.

30 day period will be allowed for any objections to be raised. If not satisfied, another 30 day amendment will be issued. 

The 2016 Certification Requirements will be released by the end of 2015.


To get your data centre Certified by the DCA click HERE

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3000 Program ELM RMS 490 Plug + Play Electronic Locking in a 1U Package

Posted By Andy Billingham, EMKA (UK) Ltd, 03 February 2015

Our established CAN-BUS ELMcabinet locking and monitoring system is even simpler with the 3000 Program 19” RMS 490. This takes advantage of the ELM system modularity to provide a complete cabinet system in a compact 1U housing for quick and easy installation.

Featuring a fully factory configured system, the 3000 Program 19” RMS 490 comes with communication module, control module for 8 cabinet handles, a sensor module (e.g. for temperature or vibration monitoring) and unit power supply ready to fit in plug and play mode. The standard ELM 1U rack module is quickly installed and connected to the sensors, cabinet handles and to other cabinets, so speeding up the whole process of enhancing cabinet security.

The Program 3000 ELM system is designed to meet the needs of modern security systems both in terms of personnel access, control/logging procedures and to handle increasing needs for internal cabinet environmental monitoring/control. It is based on proven industrial CAN-BUS technology and the popular EMKA Swinghandle program.

The ELM Modular Network System can be used for monitoring, controlling and reporting of all relevant cabinet events on the network. The system can be used as a simple monitoring system (e.g. individual access, temperature, humidity, smoke) and extended up to a complex system, including message sending and activation of control functions suitable for on-line server cabinets or to provide server room security. Within its own function every module is re-programmable. The exchange of sensitive data is made via an encrypted code.

The ELM system consists of different functional units connected via bus only. Up to 64 modules can be connected to the bus within a maximum 1000m length. The modules can have the same or different functions. A record of the last data status during a power shutdown is made inside the module and it is possible to make a software update or programme the modules via the bus.

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Tags:  cabinet locking  cabinet security software  data cabinet security  electronic locking and monitoring  EMKA 

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2015 Best Practice Guidelines for EU CoC

Posted By Kelly Edmond, 02 February 2015

It has come to my attention that the 2015 Best Practice Guidelines for the EU Code of Conduct on Data Centres has been published! http://iet.jrc.ec.europa.eu/energyefficiency/ict-codes-conduct/data-centres-energy-efficiency.

The document can be downloaded HERE 

The DCA recommends that all data centre operators adopt and implement the Best Practices as a participant. However If you are not a data centre operator please help your industry by becoming an active Endorsing organisation,

For more information on why this is important, and how to sign up please click HERE

Tags:  best practice  data centres  EU Code of Conduct  guidelines 

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