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Full data centre audit for Unisys

Keysource provided a full data centre audit to deliver a legacy data centre with improvements to power, cooling and capacity in order to improve overall efficiency and performance and allow for greater IT capacity.

Global IT service, software and technology company Unisys operates a number of critical, highly secure data centre facilities that deliver a range of colocation and managed services. Keysource was engaged to undertake an audit of the St Just House Data Centre in Milton Keynes to evaluate the opportunities to modernise the facility’s M&E infrastructure and design.

There was a requirement to assess the strategic needs of the whole facility in order to enable Unisys to bring new product offerings to market. These included Cloud (Hybrid, Private and Public), as well as additional value-added Managed Services and Transformational IT Projects, all of which would require greater levels of resilience and the ability to support higher power densities. Operational insights were combined with a technically aligned approach to ensure that all aspects were evaluated against the need to reduce risk; not impact live systems; and the likely investment required to upgrade.

After carrying out a capacity and energy efficiency assessment, Keysource identified a series of simple but effective tactical improvements that would provide a moderate increase in efficiency of around 10%-15%. Keysource also highlighted the potential options for a significant reduction in energy consumption. A more detailed report, aligned to the overall brief, was also provided which included the approach to delivery and the investment and associated ROI. Overall the Keysource consultancy provided simple and clear recommendations for improved performance which met both the short and long term needs of Unisys.

Project Highlights

  • Clear technical and operational options for upgrading the data centre’s M&E to meet future requirements

  • Infrastructure and design upgrade to support the deployment of customers’ high density IT

  • A commercially aligned set of possible improvements, both tactical and strategic, to support future investment planning

“Ensuring that the M&E infrastructure of this data centre meets all our requirements going forward is of critical importance, and so our choice of partner was vital. We decided to seek advice from a leading data centre design and build company, Keysource, who has provided a comprehensive and clear set of options which takes the necessary constraints into account and assesses the risks. This was a highly professional and comprehensive report which will enable us to take this project to upgrade our M&E forward to the next stage.”

— Phillip Overton, EMEA Data Centre Manager, Unisys

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