Ensuring the health of NHS IT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During a period of financial constraint and increasing digitisation, hospitals face significant challenges when investing in IT infrastructure. Modular data centres offer a cost-effective option for healthcare organisations and can be easily expanded in the future, providing a ‘pay as you grow’ solution, to accommodate future infrastructure for digital healthcare services.

The demands being placed on current digital infrastructure has led to a need for greater storage and processing power. Given the rapid growth of picture archiving and communication systems and medical imaging, most healthcare organisations need more data centre capacity. The data centre is at the heart of the operation, from CCTV to phone equipment, to life-saving equipment and vital patient data.

Yet Secure IT Environments is seeing a trend where communications and server hardware cabinets are being located in what can only be described as the ‘broom cupboard’ as the existing data centre does not have the capacity. In some cases, the incorrect infrastructure – power, cooling and no fire suppression – has been installed, resulting in inefficiencies.

However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. In the main data centre, it is not uncommon for the mechanical and electrical infrastructures to have been poorly designed so they are also inefficient, while the structured cabling, in many cases, is a mess. Often, the data centre is located in areas that restrict access for equipment and have a flood risk.

Infrastructure must be updated to meet the resilience requirements of hospitals, while still being cost-effective and energy efficient.

Creating new buildings or adapting the old can be a very costly and lengthy process, often leading to project overruns or compromises that limit the way the data centre can be expanded in the future.

To read full article…. https://issuu.com/energymagazines/docs/mcp_october_2018_digital_issue/40

Source: Digitalisation World.com  June 27th 2018

A must have for any data centre

One of our clients has had toilet facilities put next to its Data Centre.

Perhaps we should offer a maintenance contract.

Consumable will be marigolds, toilet paper, air freshener, magazines and a bit of domestos for all !!

A new version of a Modular data centre

Modular data centres have for some time helped customers lower the cost of new facilities and overcome the challenges associated with such builds.  Modular data centres can also provide secure facilities within existing buildings or allow a data centre to be put in unusual locations where it would not be appropriate to have a new build, either because of planning laws or space.

But they are not the only Modular option available.  ‘Containerised data centres’ are often associated with huge data centre projects, such as those run by the public cloud vendors with tens of thousands of servers and the need for constant growth.  In those instances, they are chosen for speed, cost effectiveness and ease of installation, but those benefits are not only true when working at scale.  There are several scenarios where a containerised data centre might be just right for you, even if you are a much smaller business.

Containerised solutions can form small data centres where they help resolve space, deployment time, build complexity and cost challenges.
But they are very flexible and depending on the internal configuration can perform very well in low or high density applications.  In an emergency, containerised solutions can also shine as part of a disaster recovery plan if already fitted out with the infrastructure, where they can be rapidly deployed to a site as a temporary solution.

If you are facing a data centre design and build challenge and any of the following resonate with you then you should certainly add a containerised data centre to the possible solution list.

 

  • Speed is of the essenceIf you need your data centre built quickly then containerisation can substantially shorten delivery times. Many companies offer them in standard ‘ready to load’ configurations, but you can of course have the interior designed to meet specific requirements, if your partner offers this.
  •  Site suitabilityIn some locations it is simply impossible to house a new a data centre. This could be due to footprint, budget or even local planning regulations.  Often in these situations, a container can be a solution accepted by all and that implemented with a minimum of fuss or raised eyebrows from the CFO!
  •  Construction must be offsiteThere could be many reasons why you can’t build a data centre on site, for example, if it is a high security area, or the data centre is only needed in a disaster recovery situation such as a flood, so you want to keep it offsite. A containerised solution can be fully designed, fitted out and tested at a separate location.  It could even be running in a separate location mirroring servers at the main location and can then be dropped in as a ‘clone’ when needed.
  • Your DC needs to be mobile – The beauty of containerised DCs is that they are very easily moved between locations, even shipped around the world, if your builder has the correct Lloyd’s certification.

 

There are a couple of misconceptions about containerised data centres, the first being that they really are just a temporary solution. Even though the technology in them is the same as that which would go into a ‘normal’ data centre build. If you pick the right partner, then your container will be custom designed and built from the frame up and will carry enviable Lloyds Register structural warranties to give you peace of mind.  You’ll have extended or upgraded the data centre long before those warranties expire.

The other reasonable question that a data centre manager should ask, is about the ability of a containerised data centre to maintain effective cooling and achieve strong Power Usage Efficiency ratings – the misconception is that they will fall short.  Our own experience has shown that they can deliver the same high standards as a modular or traditional data centre builds.  As outlined above this is because they use the same equipment, including monitoring systems – they are well suited to high density applications where heat can be an issue precisely because of the way containers are configured.  Also, where there are particularly stringent demands it is not uncommon to have a second container which is responsible for housing switchgear, batteries, UPS and cooling hardware, though these can be housed within container ‘rooms’.

Containerised data centres are not a replacement for a modular room or bespoke data centre build, they are simply another option.  As we have seen above in certain situations their advantages may make them perfectly suited to the challenges that you are trying to overcome.  The important thing is to consider each option on its merits and select the solution that meets both your strategic IT goals, as well as the future plans of your organisation.

 

Secure I.T. Environments hands over new Glan Clwyd Hospital Data Centre

 

Another Secure I.T. Environment project delivered on time and within budget.

Secure I.T. Environments has completed a new 41m² secondary data centre at the Ysbyty Glan Clwyd Hospital, part of the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board(BCUHB), the largest health organisation in Wales, providing a full range of primary, community, mental health and acute hospital services for around 676,000 people.

The hospital is currently undergoing a major redevelopment programme to generally modernise its existing buildings. This work included the need to establish a new energy efficient secondary data centre within the hospital building. Working in close conjunction with the onsite redevelopment principal contractor Laing O’Rourke, Secure I.T. Environments designed, supplied and installed this new facility.

Sion Jones, Head of Information & Communication Technology for the Health Board said of the project “With an ever increasing reliance on ICT underpinning the Health Board’s wide-ranging clinical and business activity, it is strategically essential that we maintain fit-for-purpose data centre facilities to host the many and varied systems that exist in a modern NHS ICT infrastructure. From procurement through to completion, SITE proved to be an excellent partner, working closely at every stage with our lead engineers. Having dealt with many ICT suppliers over the years, working with SITE revealed a refreshing experience and approach to customer satisfaction and equally, pride in what they deliver.”

The new data centre has been designed to meet the Class 2 requirements defined in BSEN 50600, parts one and two.  The room comprises 16 x 19” cabinets, raised access flooring, overhead busbar power supply system, Novec fire suppression and VESDA detection system, DCiM environmental monitoring of the room and infrastructure, access control and CCTV.  Cooling and environmental controls are achieved through a chilled water system with a capacity of 160Kw. Secondary piping supports additional chillers to achieve a Class 4 rated system.  N+1 in-row air conditioning was installed in a hot aisle containment configuration.

UPS systems and batteries were installed in a separate nearby room, derived from separate A&B power supply streams, to ensure the resilience and redundancy necessary in hospital environments, where systems must be always available, to ensure patients are not put at risk.

Chris Wellfair, Projects Director at Secure I.T. Environments, added “Hospital projects have become a speciality for Secure I.T. Environments over the years, yet each presents its own challenges.  Our expert team was able to work closely with the hospital and primary contractor to ensure the data centre was delivered on time and in budget.  We are thrilled to have also been awarded the maintenance contract for the new data centre, recognising our commitment to excellent service and value.”

 

Source: Digitalisation World.com  June 27th 2018

Secure I.T. Support Cancer Research

Once again our intrepid women from Secure IT Environments take to the field for a very worthy cause. On 1st July 2018, Caroline, Wendy and Jo-Anne run in the Cancer Research Race for Life.

Having now competed in this race for the last 9 years they have tallied up quite some miles and raised much-needed funds that go towards research that we hope one day will find a cure to all Cancer.

In the meantime, good luck on Sunday ladies we are all very proud of you.

If you would like to support the Secure IT Environments Race for Life team, please go to our Cancer Research page to donate – it is secure and all funds will go towards this very worthy cause.

https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/jo-annes-race-for-life-39

Bramble Hub summer party at House of Commons

In June Secure IT Environments attended Bramble Hub’s networking event at the House of Commons in London. Secure IT Environments were represented by Chris Wellfair and Clare Page who spent the afternoon discussing industry matters with fellow attendees from across the sector.

With over 90 companies in attendance, there was no shortage of people to speak to and old friends to catch up with.

So whether you were after information on recording and listening devices, how best to dispose of sensitive computer files or building containerised (ModCel) data rooms there was a company there who could help.

With the sunshine out it allowed the guests to network on the terrace of this historic building, whilst taking in the glorious panorama of the River Thames. You could almost forgive yourself for thinking you were at work.

Thank you, Roland Cunningham, from Bramble Hub for inviting Secure IT Environments to such a fabulous event.

We look forward to next year.

 

 

 

Business cybercrime up 63%, UK stats show

Despite an overall decrease in fraud and computer misuse in 2017, the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) reports show that incidents involving computer misuse and malware against business are way up.

This rise in business-related computer misuse is largely accounted for by a 145% rise in computer malware and DDoS attacks the past year to 8,292 offenses.

More specifically, this is thought to be due to a rise in levels of malware, mainly ransomware and Trojans, including several high-profile attacks and security breaches on national institutions, including the WannaCry attacks in May 2017.

This is the reason why Secure I.T. Environments has invested time and effort into obtaining the Cyber Essentials Certificate.

The scheme has been developed by Government and industry to fulfill two functions. It provides a clear statement of the basic controls all organisations should implement to mitigate the risk from common internet-based threats, within the context of the 10 Steps to Cyber Security. And through the Assurance Framework, it offers a mechanism for organisations to demonstrate to customers, investors, insurers and others that they have taken these essential precautions.

Cyber Essentials offers a sound foundation of basic hygiene measures that all types of organisations can implement Click here to find out more about the Cyber Essentials Scheme

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/cyber-essentials-scheme-overview

 

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King’s Lynn award 3 years maintenance contract

Secure I.T. Environments Ltd. are continuing to grow their Maintenance Division with a number of new major clients using Secure I.T. Maintenance Division to handle their day to day servicing requirements of their critical Data Centres.
By increasing the terms of these contracts it ensures the client’s continuity of service and reliability is sustained for a longer period.

To read the full article click on http://bit.ly/SITEcontractawarded

DCW18

Well, two busy days at DCW18, meeting visitors new and old at our stand. It’s only when you attend an industry event like DCW that you realise just how many people you know in the industry as the steady stream of friends and colleagues pop in to say hello.

We had some great conversations about datacentre, especially our ModCel (Containerised data centre) which really sparked the interest of many who stopped by. After all the flexibility that they offer, along with the increased capacity, plus quick build and install times make them an attractive option when looking at datacentre options.

Thank you to all those who popped by to chat with us. We look forward to being back at DCW next year.

Less then a week to the World’s largest independent data centre event

Come and join Secure I.T. Environments Ltd at this year’s DCW18 show. It is just under a week before the doors open at Excel on what proves to be a very exciting and busy two days of the world’s largest independent data centre event.

Secure I.T. Environments Ltd, will be showcasing their ModCel (Containerised DC) and Modular build data rooms. Click on the video link to learn more about these data centre solutions.

We’ll be at stand D1231 so come and say Hi.

 

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