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In a world where everything is instant. In particular in the world of I.T. where the focus is on faster, more intuitive, more immediate solutions, there is a growing expectation for I.T. infrastructure to keep up. Customers are seeking alternatives to building data centres from scratch with their lengthy planning permissions and traditional building methods making ever decreasing deadlines impossible to meet.

Customers are looking for more and more ‘shortcuts’ in their build programmes and as such are looking at ways to extend existing facilities, pack more racks into existing spaces or even investing in several ‘server hubs’ as a way of extending I.T. capacity without the bind of building.

A popular option is the ‘ready made’ data centres or IT PODs, which many clients are opting for over traditional builds. The ModCel option provides everything you need in a data centre, but is built off site and in normal circumstances does not require planning permission. The fully installed DC is simply ‘dropped’ into situ and connected up. No mess, no fuss. Perfect for locations which are hard to reach or where public access makes building complicated. The ModCel product provides the highest security for I.T. equipment and protection from the threats of fire, flood and terrorism and as such are popular within the defence sector who transport them to locations all over the world.

A ModCel pod can also be used as a temporary measure – an interim solution to house extra I.T. infrastructure whilst a bigger data centre is being created or an extension of an existing facility is taking place. Once the primary project is complete and transfer has taken place, the ModCel pod is simply lifted and taken away. The flexibility of this product means that as space in one ModCel pod is filled, so an additional pod can be ordered and connected to the existing ModCel pod to double capacity. A quick and often more cost effective option for customers.

So now finding a solution to house your IT hardware can be almost as speedy as the software that runs on it….. well, almost….


DC Summit South

A good day had by all at DC Summit South, an exhibition focusing on all things Data Centre. A well attended event which indicates that London must be a DC Hub (pardon the pun!) for the UK.

We were fortunate to have seen some of our existing clients who took the opportunity to hear about the latest trends and developments in data centres in the many talks that were held by DC specialists during the day. The content was broad, covering everything from data centre flat pack builds through to soundproof server cupboards and everything in-between. We also saw many new faces and spoke to prospects about the benefits of modular data centres, the increasing importance of energy efficiency and security risks.

We had enquiries for data centre extensions, which our modular product is perfect for as well as the future of servers and how the decreasing size of the racks will enable customers to fit more in their data centre space over time.

All in all, a great day out for meeting, sharing and learning. IMG_1527


DC Summit South, here we come!

We are packing up the van with our exhibition stand, banners and literature and off to The Barbican in the heart of London for this years DC Summit South. Having been to the Manchester event earlier this year, we are looking forward to another line up of knowledgeable and inspiring speakers and meeting clients and colleagues throughout the day.

The speaker line up is a mix of topics from DC infrastructure and the benefits of modular, to the future of data centres in a world where Cloud is a hot topic. In particular, we have diarised the entertaining talk by John Laban who’s presentation is entitled: Screws, screws, screws and why we do what we do in data centres today?

A humorous, innovative and interactive presentation questions fundamentally what we do today in enterprise data centres and how ‘Design Thinking’ is the way forward. Being designers as well as DC builders, we are hoping that we are already well on the way to implementing John’s suggestions and ideas from tomorrow.

The other slot we are hoping to attend is by Tony Day and focuses on how businesses can economically grow their on premise infrastructure, in particular looking at businesses who have adopted micro data centres to resolve the issue of growth. We regularly are asked by customers about future growth and how to plan for it upfront. Fortunately our modular data centres are perfect for expanding quickly and easily, even more so when this has been considered as part of the initial build. It may be that for some clients an additional ‘ModCel’ or containerised data centre could be the solution? We look forward to hearing what Tony thinks.

For those heading down to the event, we hope to see as many of you as possible – pop past for a coffee and a catch up!data centre summit logo south-crop-u157

An IT prediction for 2016

We recently joined a webinar hosted by UKFast focusing on the predictions in IT for 2016. An interesting discussion covering a number of interesting thoughts.

Data Privacy was a key concern, driven by consumers who are becoming increasingly aware and concerned about how their data is used. This concern is compounded by recent very serious high profile security breaches at well regarded organisations.

Interestingly, these breaches are all around cyber fraud and sophisticated hacking but as providers of data centres, we regularly talk to customers about the importance of physical security. Not only does your IT infrastructure need to be adequately protected from flooding and fire risks, but also from the threat of terrorism, theft and vandalism. At one time a sturdy building would have sufficed but today, our modular panels offer significantly higher standards of protection and are CPNI base and LPS 1175 approved and as a result require significantly more than a hammer to breach.

Of course all of this security, is of little use if staff leave confidential USBs in their jacket pocket and then take it October-2015-Expert-Cyber-Crime-2to the dry cleaners…. Apparently 9000 people a year in London do exactly that!

UKFast add that a further focus is next generation technology in our homes – in particular new technology that runs our heating, car etc. Have these technologies been tested as fully as our more traditional technology has been. In home technology is set to increase, we will have more and more gadgets that manage our daily lives, each with significant amounts of personal information attached to them.

There is a growing concern about where and how this personal data is stored. Is it in the cloud? What security measures are in place for the cloud service? Is it housed in a data centre? Is that a secure facility? Data management is going to be under increased scrutiny as customers start to ask more questions about their data and the security in place to safeguard it!