The Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) after a competitive process, has chosen Keysource, the global data centre and critical environment specialist, to provide ongoing maintenance and emergency response service for the existing and new critical data centre plant and infrastructure at its STFC Daresbury Laboratory Data centre facility in Warrington.
Under the terms of the maintenance and support agreement, Keysource will provide coordinated, planned preventative maintenance (PPM) along with a 24×7 help desk and technical response and emergency response to site in the event of any issues. Regulatory compliance will be ensured, and manufacturer warranties maintained and managed where applicable.
The contract award follows on from the recent completion by Keysource of the data centre upgrade at the Daresbury Laboratory facility. That project involved supporting the live operation upgrade of the data centre facility which includes the lifecycle replacement of critical power, cooling and protection systems. This enabled collaboration with STFC to plan the works and mitigate risk to the high-performance computing load which remained available throughout the upgrade.
Jon Healy, Operations Director at Keysource, said: “STFC carries out research in science and engineering, and funds UK research and innovation in areas including particle physics, nuclear physics, space science and astronomy. As such, the security of its data is key and we are pleased to be supporting them in achieving their objectives of resilience and sustainability.”