DATA CENTRE NEWS: posted 25 July 2018

Keysource has announced that they were recently appointed by managed IT solutions and services experts ITPS to upgrade and expand their colocation facility in County Durham in the North East of England.

Keysource completed the upgrade to the second hall at the 8,500 sq ft data centre in just 12 weeks. The expansion been specifically fitted out to suit one of ITPS’s largest clients’ high performance and security needs – including new high security caging.

The 30,000 square ft site has a total 1.6MW capacity, with 900kW partitioned into different data halls for specific clients. The upgrade added an additional 300kW, leaving ITPS with further spare capacity to expand.

Keysource originally designed and built the site in 2014 to act as the flagship hub of ITPS’ network operations, which spans three data centres across the UK. A bespoke modular design was used which enables high levels of efficiency and resilience and allows capacity upgrades to be delivered in line with customer demand without disrupting existing operations.

The data centre was fundamental in making ITPS one of only a handful of worldwide ICT providers to be selected to join the Microsoft Azure Stack Early Adopters programme. It is also the only North East stage two-certified supplier for NHS Digital, delivering services across the new UK-wide NHS communications network, the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN).

Richard Clifford, head of innovation at Keysource, said: “We’re seeing many of our customers accelerate planned site expansions to accommodate increased demand for colocation and cloud services, particularly with the drive in digital transformation, data sovereignty and low latency requirements.

“Our proven track record of delivering upgrades in live environments ensured that we delivered this for ITPS, without disrupting operations or impacting its employees working on site.”

Garry Sheriff, managing director at ITPS, said: “We’ve seen substantial growth over the past three years and, thanks to a series of new client wins, we’re expanding our capacity much sooner than expected.

“Society is in the midst of a period of unprecedented change, with experts estimating that 20bn ‘internet of things’ devices will need to be connected by 2020. That means a massive amount of data, which needs to be stored, processed, backed up and managed in a safe and secure environment.

“Our decision to create a high specification data centre here in the region was based on predicting the growth in cloud services and a shift towards effectively renting, rather than buying, ICT infrastructure.

“We selected Keysource as our data centre partner due to its extensive experience and understanding of professional data centre operators, and the team’s track record for project delivery and ongoing critical facilities management. This project was a complete success and has reinforced our belief we made the right decision, we look forward to working with Keysource again.”

About Keysource: 

Keysourceis 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.

With over 30 years’ experience, we deliver services and solutions specifically for data centres and other business critical environments through consult, build and operate. Trusted by some of the world’s largest organisations, Keysource focuses on innovation while reducing complexity. They build long term relationships, aligning their engineering solutions with their customers’ business objectives and technology challenges.

Keysource’ssuccess is measured by the value they provide to their customers and how simply they can deliver this. By always seeking a deeper understanding, listening and challenging when needed, Keysource recognises individual needs so they can tailor services and solutions in order to deliver the greatest value. With a focus on professional services and design, Keysource ensures their solutions are best suited for the application and deliver the highest levels of performance throughout the build and operation.

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