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Fingerprint technology on-the-cabinet @ DataCentres Ireland

Posted By Andy Billingham, EMKA (UK) Ltd, Monday 26 January 2015

We exhibited our new BioLockfingerprint technology recently at the DataCentres Ireland Exhibition where it was installed on Dataracks cabinets and created substantial interest among this specialist audience who are involved in the planning, designing and operating of datacentres, server rooms and storage facilities.

BioLock swinghandle technology offers for the first time biometric processing at the cabinet and provides an indisputable PCI DSS, SOX, SSAE 16, SOC 2 AND HIPAA compiant audit trail which was appreciated by visitors to the stand as exemplifying industry best practice in personnel data security. BioLock thus addresses the increasingly recognised problem that internal breaches comprise over 40% of data loss, sabotage and attack.

Tags:  BioLock  biolock data centre security  EMKA UK 

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When Hidden Costs Bite: Don’t Let the Price Tag Fool You

Posted By Roy Gibbens, Ark Data Centres Limited, Thursday 22 January 2015

It never fails to disappoint me how the pricing tactics of some data centre operators can tarnish the reputation of a whole industry.

When you purchase a house, you don’t expect to pay extra for essentials like a front door, windows or a kitchen do you? But in the data centre world, some operators employ ‘sales tactics’ to obviate what the actual (final) cost to the customer will be.

So, while the price tag might say one thing, the reality is often very different. Let’s take a look at how these creative pricing practices work.

Many wholesale operators will charge for their data centre solutions on a per-kilowatt basis. After all, their premise is that the physical space is the ‘cheap bit’, right?

So, while different operators may use differing terminologies, essentially power is billed on a consumption basis plus any PUE multipliers – and finally, any standing/administration charges that may apply.

So far, so good. But in order to present an attractive per-kilowatt rate that will appeal to potential buyers, some operators knowingly omit some of the key elements you’d expect would be inclusive. By stripping out these essentials, they can promote a price that’s 40% lower than the final charges (when you include all the uplifts for the things that weren’t covered in their pricing calculations).

So, before you contemplate signing on the dotted line it might be prudent to ask some probing questions to understand if the price that’s advertised is what you’ll actually end up paying.

Here’s my quick checklist for establishing what’s included – and what’s not:

1              The per-kilowatt computation covers everything, right?

Here’s where you get to the heart of the matter. You need to check if there’s a UPS on both the A and B streams, whether the price includes power distribution to each individual rack, and whether it also includes data-cabling containment and all operational elements.

2              What about day-to-day operational aspects?

Don’t assume that diverse connections to multiple fibre providers will be included in the charging structure – check if this is classified as an extra. Similarly, you’ll need to check that all your required security elements – both physical and electronic – are included, and if security clearance costs are considered an additional extra.

3              Getting up and staying running

It may sound strange, but check if the space you’re leasing has been built. You’ll also want to ask about things like whether the Stamp Duty Land Tax that’s applicable to your lease is included in the price calculation, and if business rates are also incorporated within the charge.

Then it’s a good idea to question if you’ll have access to a 24/7 service desk – or if that’s going to be charged on an additional cost basis. You’ll also want to know about monitoring and detailed monthly operational reporting too.

To cover off any planned – or unplanned – future expansion, you’ll also need to ask if reserving contiguous space to grow into will cost anything extra. Or indeed, if your contract is flexible enough to allow scaling down too.

4              What about PUE?

The most important thing to establish up front is whether the PUE is fixed. If it’s variable then you’ll need to find out what the PUE is at a 20%, 40%, 60%, 80% and 100% load.

At Ark, we believe in open and transparent pricing practices that incorporate everything some providers might consider to be ‘extras’. We believe this approach instils confidence and trust – which are the bedrock of a long lasting partnership that benefits everyone.

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Agent E infra-red wireless TAG – stand alone data cabinet security system

Posted By Andy Billingham, EMKA (UK) Ltd, Monday 19 January 2015

Our AGENT E 3000 program offers multiple possible levels of security for stand-alone data cabinets. It is suitable for single cabinet locking and access logging or for a number of individual cabinets administered separately in a data centre where the infra-red key fob operation enables multiple authorised access and logging of identity if required – also central wireless operation is possible in conjunction with an access point module, thus enabling expansion of the system if required.

The AGENT E handle forms a flexible security module within an expandable network, usable on otherwise vulnerable data or control cabinets. Typically this may include server cabinets or machine controls where unauthorised access is likely to put personnel, machine or information safety at risk from tampering, vandalism/sabotage, data theft or simple inappropriate usage.

At the “Basic” level an AGENT E set up consists of a combination of electronic swing handles and TAGs (hand-held transmitters). Opening is effected by simply pointing the TAG fob/pendant at the handle which is programmed to respond to the multi-modulated diode on the TAG. In addition, Master TAGs may also be programmed.

Simple programming of the TAG (hand-held transmitter) directly on the respective swing handle enables a maximum of 32 User TAGs and up to 5 Master TAGs per swing handle. In case of power failure, emergency power supply is possible via the USB interface with no software required.

Even more convenience is provided by the “Professional” version which allows the easy configuration of locking plans and time profiles via the USB interface, and read out of the integrated event log. In this case the Master TAG can take over the function of a hardware dongle.

The “Professional” level system provides additional features and is configurable via USB using the freeware AGENT E Management Suite which allows users to create and change locking plans, time profiles and read out the event log. Logging of the last 2000 entries is possible to identify who, when and which handle, with the Master TAG used to protect the USB Interface against unauthorised use.

With the highest level “Superior” version all processes can be administered centrally in combination with an Access-Point. It is possible to configure, read out and open swing handles remotely. Interconnection to the handles is via radio transmission and system-specific access point. It also features logging of the last 5000 entries identifying who, when and which handle has been activated.

Naturally the AGENT E swinghandles are compatible with other EMKA door closure equipment such as cams and rod controls for multi-point locking. Door contact sensors may be linked to all versions.

Tags:  AGENT E  data cabinet locks;  data cabinet security  electronic locking  EMKA  infra-red key fob locking  swinghandles 

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What’s next for energy efficiency?

Posted By Pip Squire, Ark Data Centres Limited, Friday 16 January 2015

At Ark we take data centre efficiency seriously – it’s why we were the first data centre provider to fix our overall facility PUE (power usage effectiveness) at 1.2 and why we regularly monitor and report on our environmental performance.

However as demonstrated by the impossible PUE claims made at DCD last November we believe that PUE as a metric has served its purpose.  It rightly shone the spotlight on the inefficient mechanical and electrical (M&E) infrastructure supporting data centres. 

Over the last five years this focus has resulted in improvements in data centre M&E efficiency such that annualised PUEs of around 1.2 are the norm and that actual annual PUE achieved is now driven more by ambient external conditions than anything else.  This means that 85% of the annual energy used in a data centre actually relates to computational operations.  It is therefore logical that the next focus for energy efficiency should be on the IT part of the PUE equation.

This is why our data centre operations teams seek to work with our customer’s IT managers to form an integrated approach to achieving overall energy efficiency. An approach that’s designed to take server and IT infrastructure efficiencies to the next level - helping customers to reduce their overall IT demand and total load in order to generate more compute power for the same level of energy utilisation.

We achieve this by monitoring the operation of individual servers to identify instances of system redundancy or under utilisation while enabling safe operation at higher densities. All of which can help generate energy savings that reduce the total cost of ownership to the client.

At Ark we believe it’s time the industry looked beyond PUE and adopted a more blended ‘holistic’ approach to energy efficiency – one that extends into the IT stack itself.

And that’s where we are investing our energies in the next big push for efficiency.

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CenturyLink has been accepted to join the UK government’s Climate Change Agreements (CCA) scheme for UK data centres.

Posted By CenturyLink PR, CenturyLink, Thursday 15 January 2015

The scheme gives reductions in carbon taxes when participants meet energy efficiency targets.

A 15 percent decrease in PUE by 2020 over a 2011 baseline has been agreed as a sector target. Individual site targets will be expressed as a 30 percent reduction in non-IT energy over the same period. The targets are not punitive and are designed to allow growth while encouraging good energy stewardship

The scheme is expected to provide CenturyLink with significant rebates that will be repurposed into on-going energy saving projects.

Mark Taylor, director of EMEA data centre operations, said: “The data centre industry in the UK has played its part in lobbying the government, and Tech UK in particular deserve credit for getting the industry into this pivotal position.

“The potential savings are tremendous, but we must stay grounded and focused on achieving the reduction in PUE. The hard work begins now to drive a significant reduction in PUE by 2020. This is a worthy target and beneficial to our customers, with wider environmental benefits for all.”

Mark Yearwood, director of EMEA financial planning and analysis, said: “Getting to this stage has required tremendous effort by all but there is a lot more to do. Mark and his team have CenturyLink’s on-going commitment to reinvest the rebates on energy saving projects and we’re excited to see just what can be achieved. What’s more, learning in the UK can be examined and taken elsewhere to benefit our 57 data centres worldwide.

“The CCA has far reaching impacts in terms of sector recognition and we’re very pleased to be a part of it.” 

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AGENT E wireless swinghandle gets added RFID swipe card security

Posted By Andy Billingham, EMKA (UK) Ltd, Monday 12 January 2015
Updated: Monday 12 January 2015

Central network wireless control, coupled with RFID transponder swipe card technology, adds higher levels of security to our Program 3000 AGENT E battery powered electronically controlled swinghandles for data cabinet protection. These standalone swinghandles can be used wirelessly, on their own, or networked in groups controlled via an RJ45 linked ProxLock module supplemented by personal RFID transponder card identification for duel level control.

The AGENT E handle therefore forms a flexible security module within an expandable network, usable on otherwise vulnerable data or control cabinets. Typically this may include server cabinets or machine controls where unauthorised access is likely to put personnel, machine or information safety at risk from tampering, vandalism/sabotage, data theft or simple inappropriate usage.

AGENT E Card readers work on 125 kHz or 13.56 MHz and each handle is equipped with a covert USB connection for emergency power/opening and memory log download on standalone versions. Handles retain their finger touch release on network “master” and “slave” units, along with green and red LED indicators which identify the operating window.

Naturally our AGENT E swinghandles are compatible with our other door closure equipment such as cams and rod controls for multi-point locking. Door contact sensors may be linked to all versions.

Tags:  agent e swinghandles  EMKA UK  swinghandles  swinghandles with RFID swipe card 

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LAN Based Control Cockpit – real time Data Centre cabinet security software

Posted By Andy Billingham, EMKA (UK) Ltd, Monday 5 January 2015

Our newly launched Control Cockpit software adds an upper level of oversight to the much expanded Electronic Locking and Monitoring (ELM) product portfolio for Data Centres, making it possible to manage all the elements and analysis of recorded parameters for up to 50 separate ELM systems. So long as these systems are accessible on the company LAN, this allows allocation of access rights to data and control cabinet locks, assignment of groups, setting of limits for sensors and enabling alarms.

The Control Cockpit deals with all ELM lock elements such as keypad/PIN, card reader (Legic©, HID), GSM/mobile phone and remote opening, as well as the recently released BioLock fingerprint scanner swinghandle and AGENT E wireless program.

User configurable screens enable simple presentation of required information, e.g. determining thermal load of a cabinet with historical or current data graphs. Event archiving from all systems is loaded onto a common database.

Because the EMKA Control Cockpit is licensed as a server application in the communication component, the Control Cockpit software can even be installed in as many places as desired where there is access to the central database. The data transmission taking place within the network is encrypted and the open database structure of the Control Cockpit allows for easy integration into higher-level systems with SQL interface.

Contact us now to discuss how the EMKA Control Cockpit can be configured in your Data Centre security.

Tags:  cabinet security software  electronic locking and monitoring  EMKA UK 

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New BioLock 3500 program offers greater personnel and data protection

Posted By Andy Billingham, EMKA (UK) Ltd, Monday 22 December 2014

Biometric (fingerprint) technology joins digital and RFID card security in our latest developments for the Electronic Locking and Monitoring (ELM) cabinet access and environmental control system, which operates with our modular swinghandle and cabinet locking components.

The addition of the EMKA BioLock, with integral fingerprint reader, to the ELM program now offers a superior level of security for protection of valuable data in compliance with PCI, SOX, SSAE 16 and HIPAA in support of EN 50600 – with unique, personal identification and traceability. The use of biometric access control gives the possibility also of an operator designating specific alarm fingers which both open the system and set off a remote alarm to warn of an operator under threat, so enhancing personal safety.

The BioLock, in conjunction with PIN codes and RFID access cards, provides an extremely high 3 level security protection which may be applied on an individual cabinet or on a designated block of cabinets with, for example, a group controller supplemented with separate cabinet release protocols. Multiple releases of separate panels on individual cabinets are catered for by means of linked ELock slave units.

BioLock management is handled by means of Control Cockpit software which provides comprehensive control and monitoring functions with the flexibility to add/remove/report/alarm in support of the SYSLOG standard – plus an SNMP interface for integration with third party systems.

Contact us to review your needs and how BioLock technology can help improve your access security.

Tags:  biometric locking systems  data centre security  EMKA BioLock  EMKA UK  locking systems 

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Game Changing Access Control technology and Bullet-proof Physical Security with Indisputable Audit Trails

Posted By Andy Billingham, EMKA (UK) Ltd, Monday 15 December 2014

There have been several breaches of security at high profile institutions in recent times, and almost every day brings a new story of how a building has been compromised and critical data or hardware destroyed or stolen.

It is believed that breaches of security at data centres comprise over 40% of data loss, sabotage and attack.

More than ever before data centre security and physical IT assets are at risk. Whether it is from perceived outside threats or from internal team members, threats to the data and the customers’ critical data continue to grow. A 2011 Gabriel Group Survey* states that over 60% of today’s malicious security breaches are at the hands of company insiders.

Data centre operators have long understood the need for physical access control on server cabinets. In corporate facilities, where data centres are potentially exposed to a significant number of employees, mission-critical servers must be protected from thumb drive data theft and from theft of a server itself. Those same considerations apply to colocation facilities, which must also reassure customers that their servers are individually secure within a generally secured facility.

Certainly, there are many ways of securing data centres, and many solutions have evolved over time to address access control at doors and server cabinets.

Physically securing private information in data centres has proven challenging however, as the necessary technology has lagged far behind network security technology. The network security industry is a steady stream of innovative response to high-tech threats. For most data centres, physical security rests with technology from the last millennium.

In practice, even those enterprises that are highly concerned about addressing risks related to physical access have been unable to elevate alerts and audits to the level possible for network security. This is primarily a matter of deficient technology, as 100% accurate alerting and auditing solutions for physical access have typically extended no further than a data centre’s front door.

The problem is because those solutions evolved separately to address individual access points, rather than addressing the overall needs of the data centre. In contrast, this new Biometric system is designed with an eye toward overall facility needs, and is unique in its ability to serve as a single, networked platform to completely secure every access point throughout a data centre – right up to the server cabinets themselves!

This new EMKA Biometric operated handle provides, for the first time, unique finger print technology stored and processed in the handle on the cabinet with an “Indisputable Audit Trail” to protect valuable data and is compliant with the various data privacy rules and regulations such as: PCI, SOX, SSAE 16 and HIPPA. 

The need to protect sensitive data has never been higher, from the perspective of both good business practice and regulatory compliance – and that applies to physical as well as to network access.

Physical security does not guarantee compliance, and compliance does not guarantee physical security. But the availability of a single, networked platform that can deliver biometric access control to every access point within an enterprise, with an indisputable audit trail, is a strong step toward unifying compliance and security programs – right up to the server cabinets themselves.

There are already in excess of 500 of these new Biometric systems installed, none of which have been breached.

View here for details of the EMKA BioLock system.

Contact us to discuss your Data Centre security needs.


Tags:  biometric handles  biometric systems  data centre security  EMKA UK  server security 

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BioLock from EMKA UK – a New Biometric Locking System for server racks launched at Data Centre Expo in October

Posted By Andy Billingham, EMKA (UK) Ltd, Monday 8 December 2014
Updated: Tuesday 9 December 2014

EMKA, together with sales partners Data Racks, launched our new biometric locking system at Data Centre Expo – @ Excel London on the 8th and 9th October 2014. The new system addresses concerns that breaches of security at datacentres comprise over 40% of data loss, sabotage and attack. EMKA BioLock provides for the first time unique finger print technology stored and processed in the handle on the cabinet with an “Indisputable Audit Trail” to protect valuable data. EMKA BioLock is PCI, SOX, SSAE 16 and HIPPA compliant.

Fingerprint technology on-the-handle enables the individual and/or combination of individuals permitted to access servers via the cabinet to be determined by a distributed security network based at the cabinet with all 10 fingers being recognised and 2 permitted as “duress fingers” which still open the cabinet but set off a remote alarm. There are already 500+ BioLock systems installed at high security locations such as US Airforce, US Army, NORAD, Memorial Medical Centre, Syracuse University, and the US Naval Academy.

The system was further exhibited exhibited at Data Centre World Dublin @ the RDS Centre on 11th – 12th November and will also be at Data Centre World @ Excel on 11th – 12th March 2015.

Tags:  biolock data centre security  biometric locking system;  biometric technology  data centre security  EMKA UK 

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The Tech Giants Shaping Our World Part 4: IBM Part 2

Posted By Kelly Edmond, Thursday 27 November 2014

Blog post by Future-Tech

IBM (Pt. 2)

In 2011, IBM celebrated its centennial anniversary. 100 years in business is a significant achievement for any company. For one in the turbulent tides of the technology industry, it is otherwise unheard of.

In its time of operation, IBM has seen technological advances that fundamentally changed major aspects of our world. These advances include automated traffic signal timing. Magnetic stripes as seen on credit cards. UPC Bar Codes. Personal computers. Real-time airline reservation systems. Dynamic random-access memory. Fractal geometry. Relational databases. Systems network architecture. Laser printers. FORTRAN. Laser Eye Surgery. ATMs and even the advent of Social Security. The fact that IBM was around long before any of this existed is an impressive achievement… The fact that it pioneered every one of them is monumental.

Sure, IBM has an extremely impressive portfolio, but how is the company influencing our lives today?

Let’s start with cognitive computing, or more specifically, IBM’s Watson computer. Named after the man that propelled the company into prosperity, the Watson computer is essentially an extension of what humans can do at their best. It can readand understand natural human language, analysing data through hypothesis generation and evaluation to generate accurate responses when asked a question. The more it is used, the smarter it becomes, tracking feedback from its users and learning from successes and failures. It is so intelligent, in fact, that it demolished contestants on Jeopardy. 

Of course, referencing back to how Watson is influencing our lives does not squarely rest upon its success on a televised game show. However, the potential of this machine is clear to see and is on course to revolutionise medicine. In the same way that pilots interface with computer systems to operate aircraft, physicians can now bridge the gap between scientists generating knowledge and the people putting those insights into practice. In effect, it is going to put the world’s collective knowledge to work in the practice of everyday medicine.

However, if history has told us anything, it’s that IBM’s thirst for innovation cannot be quenched by focusing on just one game-changer at a time. While IBM has a plethora of patents for new technologies, such as traffic lights that shut off car engines, one of the most astonishing breakthroughs has come in energy-efficient computing.

The company has developed the world’s first commercially viable, electronic-photonic integrated chip. If that doesn’t mean much, another option would be to refer to Moore’s Law. Every couple of years, computing power doubles and just as we’re getting used to the idea of gigabytes, we start hearing about terabytes. At time of writing, terabytes are not uncommon, but it wasn’t long ago that we were all swooning over having 500GB’s of disk space. Well prepare yourself, because your new terabyte hard drive is about to seem very substandard. IBM’s new chip is already capable of moving Terabytes of data in seconds, but it is expected to scale to not just Petabytes, but Exabytes.

Yes, an Exabyte. For a sense of scale, take that aforementioned terabyte hard drive of yours – it’s one million of those. And if that’s hard to visualise, 5 Exabytes is the equivalent of all words ever spoken by human beings.

How is this possible? Well, after more than a decade of research, IBM has finally cracked silicon nanophotonics. By fabricating a chip from a single crystal of silicon that integrates both electrical and optical components, data can be transferred – quite literally – at light speed. It is almost certain to revolutionise not only computing power, but energy efficiency – something that those of us in the data centre industry are acutely aware of.

IBM is continuing the trend it set over a century ago, and yet it remains humble. It operates in the background, innovating where others aren’t. Unlike some of the other tech giants in this series, IBM is not in our face everywhere we look. We may see the odd advert on television now and then, but IBM was not the first tech giant that sprang to mind when compiling this series. The company’s passivity toward the spotlight sometimes makes us forget that it is not only shaping our world today, but started doing so long ago.

In the world of technology, the search for innovation has never ceased. New businesses rise out of nothing to tread where giants have fallen. But in a century that saw two world warsimmeasurable advances in technology and a man step foot on the moon, IBM has a hand in it all.

To read part 1 of this IBM article click here

To read part 3 in the tech giants shaping our world series click here


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DCA Annual Members Report Posted

Posted By Simon Campbell-Whyte, Tuesday 18 November 2014

Dear DCA Members

Please note that the DCA Board of Governors have approved a report to provide members with operational and financial information relating to the initial 3 years of DCA. 

On behalf of the DCA team I would like to thank all members for their kind support and participation during this set up and building phase, and we all look forward to further productive and exciting future years working together as we continue to improve the DCA to support the best interests of our members and the data centre sector as a whole.

The Report can be downloaded HERE 

Thank You

Simon Campbell-Whyte

Executive Director

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Airedale International introduces a simple air flow management system

Posted By Airedale Int Air Conditioning Ltd, Monday 17 November 2014

Data centre and comfort cooling specialist Airedale International has introduced a simple air flow management system to target data centre hotspots and improve the efficiency of aisle containment systems.

Available in four highly configurable models to suit all data centre and load requirements, the AireTile™ fan floor tile is easily installed within the floor void directly in front of the server rack. This makes it an ideal new or retrofit solution which provides additional conditioned air to high density servers and problem areas within the data centre which can be used in isolation or in conjunction with Airedale’s InRak™ or OnRak™ cooling solutions with hot or cold aisle containment.

The AireTile™ incorporates the latest EC fan technology which offers very precise variable speed control matched to load and also provides lower air flow resistance, reducing fan power input, energy consumption and noise. EC fans are up to 70% more efficient than equivalent AC fans at part-load.

Available in both low and high air flow fan options, the low air flow fan configuration provides a highly cost-effective cooling solution for medium to high density applications which have an air flow requirement of less than 0.74m³/s; with an air flow capacity of up to 1.2m³/s, the high air flow fan option easily provides sufficient air flow to cool servers with a heat load up to 30 kW.

The AireTile™ can be programmed to automatically switch on only when additional cooling is necessary, reducing unnecessary power consumption. Up to 64 units can be networked and managed by a master unit with several networked slave units.

The AireTile™ is supplied with a choice of heavy or extra heavy duty floor grilles suitable for use with a range of raised access floors.

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EU Code of Conduct for Data Centre: Important Message for Endorsers

Posted By Kelly Edmond, Monday 17 November 2014

Please be aware of the latest communication from the EC regarding EU Code of Conduct below. Any members that are Endorsers that have not yet submitted their annual report must do so by 18th December. You may choose to use this form which is automatically sent to EU Commission JRC.

Dear Endorser, 

Your company has joined the European Data Centre Code of Conduct  (CoC) as Endorser.

As clearly indicated in the Endorser Guidelines* you have to report annually to the European Commission JRC how you have promoted the CoC to your clients and contacts. Promotion includes dedicated pages on your website, brochures and technical notes about the CoC, concrete technical support to your clients in helping them to join the CoC, etc. for more information see the Endorser Guidelines.

To this end I would like to receive by December 18th by email a short report on your promotional activities since you joined the CoC.

 In future we would expect you to submit a short annual report each year by the end of December, the next one would be due in December 2015.

 In the case you will not send the report, I assume you are not interested anymore to be an Endorser of the CoC and as consequence I will remove your company/organisation from the list of Endorsers in our website.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact me. 

I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards

Paolo Bertoldi 

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13 Useful Questions to Ask your Data Centre Provider

Posted By Stephen Hall, Ark Data Centres Limited, Friday 14 November 2014


Choosing a physical data centre provider can be a tricky business. Particularly, if you need to navigate your way through an industry full of misinformation. So, based on some of the conversations we have with customers, here are 13 of the most useful questions to ask: 

1.       Dedicated to the data centre of the future. What provisions, investment and commitment does your data centre partner have for creating the data centre of the future?

2.       Independent. Is your data centre partner an independently owned business? A privately owned business is able to take a long-term view of its customers’ genuine IT infrastructure needs, and is not distracted by the need to balance quarterly capital expenditure. 

3.       Just data centres. Does your provider do data centres and just data centres? Or, does it sell services further up the technology stack? If so, consider if there is a potential conflict of business interests with your own organisation.

4.       Dedicated service team. Does the attention from your data centre provider end once the property deal is done? It’s worth asking whether your business would benefit from a dedicated customer service team that engages in the pre-sales and after-sales cycles to support you – from migration processes to knowledge and expertise.

5.       Network agnostic. Is your provider network agnostic and importantly, equipment agnostic too. Watch out for vendor tie-ins, and an agenda to sell you specific brands of hardware because that’s what your provider has in stock rather than what is the optimum solution for your needs. It can taint their ability to meet your genuine needs. 

6.    Partner network. Does your provider follow well-documented and structured programmes for becoming a ‘High Performance Organisation’ and engage with its major suppliers to do the same.

7.    Honest PUE. Data rooms are different sizes and many data centre providers quote their power usage efficiency (PUE) on just that room. Does yours quote on everything? Literally the whole building? Because if you are paying for part of it, then it's part of your PUE overhead.

8.       Fixed PUE. Does your provider offer a fixed PUE?

9.       Standards. Does your provider achieve the usual industry standards and compliance benchmarks, or implement and live by them as a truly embedded part of their organisation?

10. Security. Are security measures deployed on a per building basis or per site? And to what level are the data centres specified as a minimum?

11. Optimised logistics chain. Similar to the motor vehicle assembly line, component parts such as generators and switchboards can be manufactured elsewhere and then brought to the data centres site 'on-demand'. With these components always available 'in stock' the time frame for the build can be significantly reduced. Once the concrete is down, projects can be delivered in as little as 12 weeks. And, with savings in the hundreds of thousands at stake, time is money. Lots of money.

12.   Planned prevention and maintenance. Can you spread your modules around the data centre building, so that you can have, for example one module on the ground floor, and one on the first floor? This simplifies planned maintenance as it then only affects one other client for example (in the worst case), instead of many.

13. Innovative technology. How innovative is the data centre technology, including cooling? Data centres of the future feature highly sophisticated match technology that samples customers' equipment every millisecond, and can instantly detect any change in cooling requirements. Perhaps also the cooling process itself is turned 90 degrees from the norm so that the cool air runs through customers' hardware instead of past the front of it.

 Can you think of any more? We would love to hear from you.

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DCA Journal Publication - Winter Edition

Posted By Kelly Edmond, Thursday 13 November 2014

To all DCA Corporate Members, Corporate Partners and International Partners 

In the Winter edition of the DCA Journal which is published in DCS Europe magazine, the DCA will feature 'Local/Regional Gov Legislation & Stakeholders' as the main topic for articles. 

A popular subject within the member base, this is a good chance to put your point of view in the limelight with a short article.  

Should you wish to contribute do contact me via email I'll be looking for 600 - 1200 words, author image plus any other accompanying images to support the article. All editorial must be impartial and topical, therefore not biased to the authoring organisation. It's also important to include detail on your association with the DCA where possible.


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Airedale International announces impending production launch of AireFlow™

Posted By Airedale International Air Conditioning, Friday 7 November 2014

Airedale International announces impending production launch of AireFlow™ indirect fresh air free-cooling adiabatic air handling unit (AHU)

Leading British manufacturer of precision air conditioning systems, chillers, IT and comfort cooling solutions, Airedale International, will shortly be launching its production range of indirect fresh air free-cooling adiabatic air handling units (AHUs).

The AireFlow™ AHU is the result of close collaboration between the product development and engineering teams of both Airedale and UK market-leading manufacturer of custom-built air handling units, Barkell Ltd which became part of the Airedale group earlier in 2014.

With production launch set for autumn 2014, the AireFlow™ offers huge free-cooling potential and, being an indirect system, eliminates the risk of contaminated air entering the data centre. The use of fresh air as the predominant cooling source significantly reduces operational costs for users. In contrast with direct air handling units, indirect cooling solutions also reduce the dependency on back-up mechanical cooling required to prevent contaminated ambient air permeating the data centre. This ensures there is no requirement for internal air conditioning units, therefore maximising IT footprint.

The AireFlow™ will be available in five footprints between 100 and 440kW, each with two separate case sizes depending on whether roof or wall mounted connection is required.

High efficiency, electronically commutated (EC) centrifugal backward-curved fans draw return air from the data centre through the heat exchanger. Cooler air from the outside ambient is drawn through a separate air path within the heat exchanger, also by EC plug fans. This temperature difference drives heat exchange, with the supply temperature being managed through modulation of the ambient air flow rate. EC fan technology delivers improved efficiency, full modulation and reduced power consumption compared with AC fan equivalents, particularly at reduced running speeds.

At any point in the year, as climatic conditions dictate, moisture is added to the warm outdoor air which has the effect of lowering the dry bulb temperature. A typical UK peak summer day for example may have a dry bulb of 35°C with a wet bulb temperature of 21°C. By fully saturating the air, the dry bulb temperature can be reduced to 21°C. This lower air temperature is then used as a cooling medium and, based on London, UK ambient temperatures, could achieve ASHRAE recommended conditions using 100% free-cooling.

In more challenging environments, an optional mechanical cooling module will ‘top-up’ the cooling capacity with a partial DX supplementary cooling section.
An optional integrated fresh air inlet unit provides added installation benefits and reduced footprint compared with other makes of air handling unit in addition to maintaining room pressure and air quality. Air flow and pressure monitoring also allows filter and fan performance to be managed.

Other features of the AireFlow™ include: G3 filtration (return air), G4 filtration (ambient air intake), F7 filtration (fresh air inlet), optional contaminant filtration - NO₂, SO₂, H₂S (fresh air inlet), N+1 redundancy on EC fans and a highly intuitive touchscreen colour user display.

A fully working demonstration unit will be available on Airedale’s Stand No 312 at this year’s DatacenterDynamics, ExCel London ICC, 19 & 20 November 2014.

Watch the following cutting-edge animation that highlights the different operational modes of the AireFlow™ in varying ambient temperatures within a data centre application in the video attached

Tags:  air management  Cooling  Date Centre  efficiency 

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EcoPowerSupplies Provides A Massive 6-9% Discount on Eaton UPS

Posted By Robin Koffler, EcoPowerSupplies - Thamesgate Group, Wednesday 29 October 2014


EcoPowerSupplies has announced a special incentive targeted at the UK comms room and datacentre market for Uninterruptible Power Supplies. Up to 31st December 2014 the company is offering IT-sector clients an extra 6-9% discount on its award-winning Eaton UPS systems. 

The extra discounts can be claimed for on-line purchases or purchases against a valid order and credit terms. The discounts start with 3% from the published prices for standard three-phase Eaton UPS systems ( from 8-200kVA including the 9355, 93E and 9390 series. A further 3% is available if an Eaton maintenance contract is ordered with the uninterruptible power supply. The Eaton 93PM modular UPS, introduced in 2014 and available up to 200kW enjoys a larger 6% discount. This can be extended to 9% when purchased with an Eaton maintenance plan.

As well as the extra incentives, Eaton systems are also listed on the Carbon Trust Energy Technology List (ETL), providing further tax advantages for EcoPowerSupplies’ clients. To be included, ETL products must meet specific energy efficiency levels and once approved, provide enhanced capital allowances in the first year of their installation. The special discounts are an ideal incentive for IT-sector clients looking to protect the critical power paths within their comms rooms and datacentres. The incentives are designed to compliment Eaton’s outstanding reputation for innovation and energy efficiency. They allow clients to select Eaton for both new-build and refurbishment projects. As well as providing a full project management and turnkey installation service, EcoPowerSupplies also provides a recycling service for previously installed UPS systems.

 “We recently launched the Eaton discounts and this has been very well received by our UK datacentre clients especially,” commented Robin Koffler of EcoPowerSupplies. “This latest promotion in conjunction with Eaton UPS, further underlines our commitment to the UK market. The 3-9% discounts cannot be matched by any other UPS manufacturer in Europe and provide great value for our clients.”

All the UPS included within the promotion can be viewed on-line at the EcoPowerSupplies website within the Eaton UPS systems collection -

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UK haven't won Eurovison in years, but are these points more important?

Posted By Simon Campbell-Whyte, Wednesday 22 October 2014

Well today, the DCA become official Endorsers of the EU Code of Conduct. 

More on that later, in the meantime we've been counting data centres and these are the scores on the doors by Member State for participating data centre sites...(yes I counted all the ones who have data centres in multiple countries)

Tags:  EU Code of Conduct 

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Colocation: More than just a spot in a data centre

Posted By Mike Bennett, VP Global Data Centre Acquisition and Expansion at CenturyLink EMEA, Wednesday 22 October 2014

In an age where the smooth running of a business is so dependent on having a solid IT infrastructure, the ability to create and manage sound IT infrastructure is essential to staying competitive.

However, most businesses either lack the budget, bandwidth, or simply the technical know-how to keep this infrastructure running in-house.  Industry giant Google, which spent US$7.3 billion on data centres in 2013 demonstrates the sheer budget required to create an effective, yet sprawling IT infrastructure.

As a result, many are turning to colocation service providers for better reliability and consistency in function.

Recent estimates state that 25 per cent of all new data footprints are currently being outsourced.

With a rapid rise of 13 per cent over the past year, reaching an expected $8.8 billion in spending in North America alone, colocation growth can be attributed to an increase in IT capacity requirements. Reduced budgets and the pressing need to access new technologies are also contributing factors towards the trend.

Yet, it’s important to realise that, contrary to popular opinion, colocation is more than just a ‘spot in a data centre’. The true value add is in the years of experience that a business can leverage from service providers that are experts in designing, building, and running high-availability data centres.

Colocation providers invest heavily in little modifications and best practice that big make big differences to the bottom line. Services like colocation are becoming a great way to buy your way to a more powerful data centre, without spending a fortune.

By providing space, power, cooling, and access to network service, colocation takes the tricky day-to-day management off the plate of internal staff, and frees up valuable time for organisations to shift their focus to their core competencies and innovating.

An independent survey of 550 IT executives globally by CenturyLink found that companies are increasingly taking a hybrid approach, outsourcing the time-consuming day-to-day operations as a first step, while retaining control of future, more strategic initiatives. The research also revealed that 70 per cent of all IT infrastructure components are expected to be outsourced during the next five years.

Colocation is not going away anytime soon and its role as an efficient way to tap into technical expertise and generate effective cost savings for businesses, is increasingly being realised.

One of the most important factor to consider when deciding to build or buy your next data centre is power costs, which have gone through the roof. Back in the day, small efficiency improvements wouldn’t have been anything other than best practice – you wouldn’t reap a huge benefit. Now, those little efficiencies have a real, tangible impact.

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