Critical environment specialist, Keysource, was appointed by managed IT solutions and services experts ITPS to upgrade and expand its colocation facility in County Durham. The need was driven by increased demand for ITPS’ services, following its selection by Microsoft as one of the early adopters of the Azure Stack roll-out.
The 30,000 sq 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 has 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.
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.”