Critical environment specialist Keysource has completed a strategic audit of the critical data centres for a leading UK University, placing in the top 25 of this year’s Times Good University Rankings.
Keysource’s review included an assessment of the data centre estate, which comprised nine server rooms spread across three regional campuses, against a number of industry standards, such as the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres. It also incorporated the development of a ten-year cost model for solutions including on-premise, colocation and hybrid facilities, and facility scoring to enable focused investment.
The audit formed an integral part of the University’s 10-year IT strategy, which is aimed at reforming its delivery model to meet the demands of the future and support its 2,000 staff and 27,000 students. The strategy is predicated on developing a hybrid data centre facility to maximise efficiency and optimise processes across its campuses and schools.
Keysource is now implementing its audit recommendations while ensuring continuity of service and contributing to the University’s ongoing transformation strategy, driving student experience through the latest technologies, such as the Internet of Things, and bolstering the institution’s research and development capabilities.
Richard Clifford, data centre consultant and head of innovation at Keysource, said:
“We are seeing growing interest in data centre auditing as universities develop their IT transformation strategies. A key driver is to reduce risk and cost in their data centres, which play increasingly essential and complex roles in delivering university services."
“IT transformation can also act as an enabler not only for enhanced student services, but for freeing up valuable real-estate, crucial for unlocking additional revenue and enabling further strategic investment.”