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Host in Ireland Q1 2020 Quarterly Report shows the carbon impact of data centres to level off at 2.2% of Ireland’s total emissions by 2025 despite strong growth in data centre capacity.

DUBLIN, IRELAND – A new report from Host in Ireland, in association with Bitpower, projects that due to the de-carbonisation of the electricity grid and renewable first purchasing policies of the Irish data centre industry, data centre CO2 will level off at about 2.2% of Ireland’s total emissions by 2025. The increase is expected to slow further as the transition to renewable electricity generation accelerates in order to meet the targets in the government’s Climate Action Plan.

Using data from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), the Irish Wind Energy Association (IWEA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and EirGrid, the report provides an in-depth analysis of the impact of data centres on Ireland’s carbon emissions historically and also looks ahead to the next five years. The model predicts that by the end of 2025, there will be 1,700 MW of data centre capacity operational in Ireland. It also takes into account the SEAI historical data showing the CO2 per unit of electricity has almost halved over the past 15 years and the impact that has on CO2 attributable to data centres in Ireland in the future.

“From Netflix to Zoom to homeschooling, data centres are creating and maintaining the new normal amidst a global pandemic. With this added purpose comes added responsibility both to global citizens and towards the decarbonisation of Ireland’s electricity supply,” said Garry Connolly, president and founder of Host in Ireland.

“The growth of the Irish data centre industry will go hand-in-hand with the development of green electricity to meet power availability demands. Wind generation is virtually an untapped resource of green electricity within Ireland’s borders and coastline and provides limitless opportunities for both Ireland and the industry,” Garry continued.

The Q1 2020 Report also explored the effect of COVID-19 on data centre development activities and found a 10-15% impact on data centre investment projects. While demand remains strong, this will result in €200 million spend being delayed due to the pandemic. Host in Ireland still anticipates an additional €6.7 billion in investment in the industry by 2025.

“As the data centre industry evolves and the renewable energy targets set out by the government come into clearer focus, it is important to ensure the models we put forth in the Host in Ireland Quarterly Report are constantly improving,” said David McAuley, founder and CEO, Bitpower. “In Q1 2020, we revisited our database to fine-tune the numbers based on the latest information. This provided an opportunity to examine the impact of COVID-19 on investments in the industry, the carbon impact of data centres and the scale and growth of the industry as a whole, making the report more accurate and timely than ever before.”

You can find the full Q1 2020 Industry update report here: https://www.hostinireland.com/report

For more information please contact:

Joyce Wady

Host in Ireland

M: +44 (0) 7552 507 249

Accurate and reliable information on data centre sites and their capabilities is notoriously difficult to get hold of. We inhabit a secretive sector that keeps information close and can be somewhat liberal with the detail. Sources of accurate reliable information about the data centre sector are rare and to date arguably non-existent.

Set up in 2013 datacenterportal saw an opportunity to provide the market with verified and accurate details using technical information supplied directly by data centre operators across the globe.

Datacenterportal is a searchable directory of information and insights, which is not limited to a single country or region, nor simply a directory of products and services.  Rather an information set with applied engineering-based intelligence and expertise to qualify the information presented.  The result for subscribers is the ability to search for features and specifications based on multiple requirements in order to find and compare data centre facilities and services at a more granular level and with a high degree of confidence.

“Whilst there are a number of routes for potential customers to search for data like ours, often it is from generic sources based on information already accessible in the public domain, which can often be unreliable.” States Ufuk Gukveren owner of DCP

He continues “Datacenterportal is designed to be different – it is an intelligent system with one key difference – verified data which is built by data centre experts in collaboration with data centre leaders.”

Taking the guesswork away from customers’ decision making

Datacenterportal provides the level of information customers need to make critical purchasing decisions. The aim of DCP is to take both the guesswork and the legwork out of datacenter evaluation and site selection. This results in saving time and money, and gives our users confidence that the data is reliably qualified.

Datacenterportal intelligence is not simply a check on resilience and availability of a facility.  It provides non-public and privileged information which has been made available to datacenterportal by clients – all of which is held securely within the portal. The portal’s algorithms work this data to produce the initiated search results.

The search results enable users to compare and qualify sites without the need for site visits and the use of expensive third party engineering consultants to check. This work has already been done for those sites who have either supplied detailed technical information or the sites have been visited by on of our Chartered Engineers who are qualified data centre experts.

A final word from the creator, Ufuk Gucveren “In our mission to continue to provide users with verified data across the globe, we continue to attract the market’s leaders. This is adding value to those users looking for the right model and provider for them. The value of our portal is that we can provide a level of accuracy that is not possible from non-qualified sources.”

“Whether you are a data centre operator or you are interested in accessing this valuable data, we would be delighted to hear from you. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. If data centres are your target market, please contact us to discuss your requirements.”

Website:  https://www.datacenterportal.com/

Phone:  +44 7954 001978  or  +44 7767 205706

Email: ufuk.gucveren@unisonius.com  or nicky.thompson@unisonius.com

Twitter: @ColoPortal

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/datacenterportal-com/

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As Ireland continues in the phased reopening of our country in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will begin to see a new normal in our everyday lives. Irish workplaces are no exception to this and we can expect numerous changes as people are gradually allowed to return to work to ensure everyone’s safety and continue to help contain the spread of the virus. The Irish government has issued advice on how to help employers and employees regarding returning to work by publishing a ‘Return to Work Safely Protocol’ on 8 May 2020. This document outlines measures to be implemented in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. The document outlines methods of COVID-19 prevention and control measures and states that employers must “implement temperature testing in line with public health advice”, and workers must “complete any temperature testing as implemented by the employer and in line with public health advice”. The World Health Organisation has said to “check the body temperature of employees daily so that employees with fever don’t come into work” as a measure that could assist in creating a COVID-safe workplace and prevent transmission of the disease between employees. With this in mind, Tipperary Company Horan Automation and Robotics based in Drangan, who primarily design and manufacture automated machinery for the pharmaceutical, food and manufacturing industries has worked hard to provide temperature scanners to the Irish market as a new offering.

Many public-health experts expect that temperature-scanning systems will become the norm in everyday life across the world. In the weeks to come, we may see these scanners used not only at airports, as we have seen on news bulletins throughout the pandemic but also throughout workplaces and anywhere else where numerous people gather en masse. Temperature scanners are seen as a way of helping ensure the safety of employees and others who will return to the workplace. Horan Automation and Robotics are now providing walkthrough temperature scanners to their customers, in order to reduce the risk of the virus spreading within workplaces upon returning to work. When entering premises where Horan’s Temperature Scanners are used, people can check their body temperature by walking through the machine which uses infrared body temperature monitoring, allowing for a non-contact detection of somebody’s temperature. This allows the scanner to become the first line of defense against the virus breaking out in a work environment. The walkthrough scanners allow for a faster method of screening, detection time is less than one second. If the temperature of the person being tested exceeds the set warning temperature, a light or sound alarm can be set, allowing for an efficient method of monitoring people entering the building and making it easy to ensure anyone displaying a high body temperature does not gain access to help ensure the safety of other people inside. The result of the temperature scan is displayed on an LED screen on the scanner, which also allows for people to monitor their own results and track changes in their body temperature to become more COVID-19 conscious. Emma Lacy, Commercial Director of Horan Automation and Robotics, states “The current market situation has been difficult for everyone, we are no different.  We have continued to support our customers and team as best we can.  We wanted to use our resources and network to help fight the COVID-19 crisis as far as possible so we decided to look into sourcing temperature scanners.  At this time when the world is on its knees, we wanted to bring the scanners to businesses at as low a cost as possible to enable them to get back up and running with one less financial worry.  We are therefore offering the scanners at half the RRP as our way to support economic recovery.”

Horan Automation and Robotics have so far been able to weather the COVID-19 storm. They have remained operational throughout this pandemic, as they are an essential service. Remaining open was crucially important in order to allow key customers providing essential supplies to pharmaceutical and medical industries to continue to work throughout the global COVID-19 outbreak. In March Horan Automation and Robotics deployed half of their engineering team to one of their pharmaceutical customers to install a new line, and through the help of Horan Automation they been able to manufacture COVID-19 testing kits for hospitals and test centers throughout the country. On this Emma Lacy says “Being on the list of essential services meant we quickly had to focus our team on why we are essential, to provide crucial support to our customers.  Without this support those customers couldn’t meet manufacturing demand for food, medicine or medical supplies.  In March, we were working day to day and I was well aware that we were asking a lot from our engineers who were understandably feeling uncertain and nervous about the potential risks of carrying on work.  I must commend each and every one of them; they have worked tirelessly and continue to do so.  I am proud to say we have a team of hard working and selfless staff.  They play an integral part of contributing to the health and wellbeing of the masses.”

Horan Automation and Robotics are providing these walkthrough temperature scanners at a huge discounted rate of just €3500, half the recommended retail price. This is order to make it more affordable for businesses getting back to work. Horan Automation and Robotics see this as their way of contributing to the economic recovery. In times where allowing people to return to work safely and ensuring containment of the spread of the virus are most pivotal, companies altering their business model to provide products such as Horan Automation and Robotics are doing is vitally important. For more information on the temperature scanners or any of Horan Automation and Robotics’ offerings contact sales@horan.ie or +353 52 915 2208.

Coolgenic Cold Aisle Containment: A Global Leading Solution

Coolgenic cold aisle containment is a brand of cold aisle containment developed by Cross-Guard to deliver exceptional quality and performance. Coolgenic cold aisle systems are unique in the fact they are made bespoke to the requirements of the client. The cold aisle systems are designed and manufactured to fit the space to form a complete seal around the cold aisle, and Cross-Guard’s expert installers are available to install the products even in challenging environments such as tight spaces, or in circumstances where you have existing server cabinets of varying heights and sizes.

Serving the IT and Data Centre markets for over 20 years, Cross-Guard is a specialist provider for a variety of products, including cold and hot aisle containment, security cages (certified options available), and server safes. The Coolgenic cold aisle containment brand arises from the company’s well-established history of providing custom-made cold aisle containment products, either directly or with installation by Cross-Guard’s professional team.

In order to promote the new Coolgenic brand, giving clients all the information they need, Cross-Guard has recently launched a sub-website at cold-aisle.com that is dedicated solely to cold aisle containment. The website is a dedicated resource that explains how cold aisle containment functions, the features and components, the benefits, and why Coolgenic cold aisle systems have further benefits compared to other similar products on the market.

Clients have a variety of flexible options with Coolgenic cold aisle containment systems. Not only are the systems manufactured to fit, consisting of doors, a roof, and infill panels as necessary to complete the seal, the cold aisle systems can also be powder-coated in a variety of colours to match the client’s brand. The client can also select from a range of cold aisle doors and roofs.

Recent cold aisle containment doors include the premium aluminium bi-sliding doors with a sleeker look and feel, and the double-skinned doors that are extra thick for security. For cold aisle roof developments, Cross-Guard is also proud to offer a range of options including an FM-approved shrinkable roof.

For those interested in the Coolgenic cold aisle containment brand, check out Cross-Guard’s new, dedicated website, or get in touch with the company for further details. Cross-Guard also looks forward to exhibiting at DataCentres Ireland and hopes to see you there.

The pandemic has highlighted our reliance on digital connectivity and electricity. Technology has kept us going through the challenges of the lockdown, enabling millions of people confined to their homes to work remotely, shop, and communicate with friends and families. As Ireland enters the first stage of a five-phase plan to lift restrictions, we look at the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for data centres in the post-lockdown reality.

Decarbonisation

Ireland is Europe’s data centre capital with 54 tech organisations, with Microsoft, Amazon and Google all choosing the country as their headquarters for European operations.

Currently, the combined power capacity of data centres in Ireland reaches 642MW, but with another 41 centres either already under construction or at the planning stages, the total energy consumption could increase by an additional 830MW in the coming years. EirGrid estimates that by 2028, data centres could account for 29% of all energy demand in Ireland. The forecasts are particularly striking, especially when taking into consideration that globally data centres consume only approximately 2% of electricity, a figure expected to rise to 8% by 2030.

With such high energy demand, data centres in Ireland have a critical role to play in supporting decarbonisation of the Irish electricity generation mix by providing flexibility to the grid, enabling integration of renewable generation. Despite high levels of renewable generation, Ireland is not currently on track to meet its carbon reduction goals and faces fines of more than €250m from the EU. EirGrid is determined to pursue its decarbonisation goals and hopes that once the pandemic is over, the public and businesses united in their response to the tragedy of Covid-19, will show greater support for environmentally friendly policies.

“It would be my biggest wish if we could channel this ability to deal with a current crisis into the climate challenge, and get behind the climate mitigation opportunity and imperative that awaits us when we get over the crisis,” said Mark Foley, CEO at EirGrid in his recent interview for Host in Ireland. “We need to decarbonise work, society, life, living. If we could get the nation behind that ambition then we can do extraordinary things in the Irish economy in the next 10 years.”

Full decarbonisation of the economy starts with advanced technological solutions that help eliminate fossil fuels from the energy mix. This can only be achieved once the grid digitalises to the point it can manage increased renewables, decentralised generation, and integrates technologies such as electric vehicles, to unlock further flexibility to balance demand and supply.

“Data centres are perfectly positioned to support the transition to a carbon free economy. Standby generators, UPS, on-site batteries, fans and chillers, can provide significant volumes of energy flexibility to the grid, without any negative impact on operations,” explained Michael Phelan, CEO and co-founder of GridBeyond, the leading provider of intelligent energy technology.

“The pandemic has increased  interest in resilience, and the most effective and sustainable ways to strengthen it, improve financial outcomes, and mitigate operational challenges that might come as the result of climate change,” Phelan added.

Aside from the improved environmental credentials, participation in grid balancing services enable organisations to earn additional income and generate cost savings. The grid operators provide financial incentives for businesses that support the network with their energy flexibility. These services become particularly important during times of economic uncertainty, enabling businesses quick access to new, long-term revenue streams without any capital expenditure or impact on operational integrity.

Resilience

The uninterrupted operations of data centres are essential for all sectors of the economy. Data centres rely on critical power to ensure digital infrastructure uptime, and as such,  will require a deeper understanding of the energy markets, their risks, challenges and opportunities.

Despite the resilience measures that grid operators put in place, power outages can and do occasionally happen. Renewable generation tends to be intermittent and as the levels of green energy in the network increase, so does the need for flexibility to balance supply and demand.

Michael Phelan explains further: “Intelligent energy technologies provide a holistic solution to strengthen resilience both of the energy network and individual businesses. By connecting on-site assets to an AI powered energy platform, data centres not only support the grid operators with their flexibility and build their own resilience against grid power failures, but also gain access to a suite of insights and analytics that help them significantly limit risks of operational failures.”

Assets connected to GridBeyond’s network are monitored in real time with smart sensors; any anomalies such as voltage variations are reported to ensure business continuity. The data collected from the site is benchmarked against industry standards, enabling optimisation of energy consumption for each asset to prolong its life-cycle and increase efficiencies.

About GridBeyond

GridBeyond has more than a decade of experience working with large energy users in the UK, the US and Ireland. With in-depth understanding of assets, GridBeyond helps data centres play their part in decarbonising the economy whilst increasing their operational resilience and improving the bottom line through new revenue streams and savings. All without any capital expenditure or impact on operational integrity.

For more information on how GridBeyond can help data centres enhance their sustainability credentials and take advantage of enhanced energy services, visit GridBeyond’s website.

Data Center operators are facing increasing challenges as the sector matures and new deployment methodologies are being adopted. The result is a range of business issues which need to be addressed by data center owners and operators with tools that address the following areas:

  • Complex hybrid digital environments
  • Edge adoption and remote ‘dark’ sites
  • Increasing number of data sources
  • Requirements for true integration
  • Operational efficiency and cost reduction (Genuine ROI)
  • Uptime, availability and time to service
  • A need for improved capacity / resource planning and management
  • Ambitions for automation, analytics, ML and ultimately AI

These challenges are resulting to changes in approach to data center management. This is especially true for the operational tools needed to properly manage their day to day activities in distributed data centers. A key change is the requirement for a tool that provides a single source of truth. This is not simply a single pane of glass or dashboard summary. It should include full integration with business systems and processes with the sharing of data across multiple separate systems. All assets in the business being accurately tracked, reported upon and viewed in the same consistent way by all departments sharing a single federated database.

Data is routinely collected and stored in complex multi-layered and disparate systems so gaining true value from this wealth of information requires tools to be deployed which offer greater integration and analytical techniques to take advantage of this critical data. An example might be importing current and predicted weather data, determining how it might affect cooling systems and recommending set point changes to reduce cooling energy consumption and therefore operational cost.

There is increasing recognition of the value of data (the ‘new gold’), but in the data center we are still failing to achieve the benefits of the data lake we are creating, insisting instead on operating separate islands of information. To enable access to this wealth of valuable information full stack integration is available and offers the key to both cost and operational efficiencies for direct and tangible ROIs.

Real-time information from live systems including within the IT stack is also available which allows real-time decision making and control where appropriate. This can lead to a reduction in manual error prone processes, a reduction in operational resources and access to more accurate data. Automated provisioning is already possible with existing levels of real-time data from facility infrastructure, IT devices and even applications.

It is widely recognised that data centers need to connect facilities systems, network systems, IT systems etc. in order to orchestrate rapid changes, yet this is still far from common practice.  No longer can the M in DCIM merely represent ‘monitoring’, it must offer genuine management and operational orchestration.  It is widely recognised and accepted that the IT stack should be integrated into any management system as well as business systems such as CMDB, ERP and finance systems etc. It is also recognised that Facilities, IT and ‘the business’ do not currently work well together. Lack of integration of information and tools across those disciplines remains a barrier to both cost and resource efficiency.

Aligning IT, Facilities, and other business stakeholders can also produce a competitive advantage and allow the transparency necessary to be able to properly manage hybrid architectures and solutions. Increasingly these will include both public and private cloud deployments, legacy infrastructure and systems, as well as remote unmanned Edge installations.  One of the key challenges in the implementation of data center management tools has been integration. This is true of the tools themselves and also the operational process and procedures that allow effective day to day management. This integration is critical to success and historically has either been impossible or too technically or financially challenging to the point that it has been actively discouraged. In addition, the increasing move towards distributed, digital infrastructures and hybrid environments has been one of the most significant shifts, which necessitates the overview and orchestration of infrastructure environments across multiples sites.

In a world where IT systems are becoming more distributed, and IoT is making its mark, data center operators should be taking advantage of the data they are collecting by taking a data-centric approach to managing their sites. Siloed thinking and operational management no longer have a place in the modern data center:  Facilities and IT managers need to work together, alongside a multitude of vendors who also need to align and integrate their offerings, sharing data to better accommodate their clients’ needs.

Historically this level of integration has been technically impossible or too financially challenging, nevertheless the increasing shift towards distributed, digital infrastructures and hybrid environments necessitates an unambiguous overview and simplified orchestration of complex infrastructures across multiples sites. Instead of worrying about whether an integration is possible, it’s reasonable nowadays to assume that it is. Therefore, it is possible to design the overall system in a more efficient way and make use of automation where appropriate.

An integrated approach should not aim to be all things to all men though, but rather look to seamlessly hook into existing systems, taking advantage of their unique capabilities and data. This data-centric approach paves the way for true automation, machine learning and ultimately AI. The single source of truth capable of being generated by this data-centric approach should be based on an open framework and integration ready tools to allow rapid deployment and reduce speed to use.

Tools with the attributes described in this article are a catalyst in getting all the stakeholders to work together around core business processes involving people, facilities and IT infrastructure. RiT Tech has wholeheartedly adopted this approach and encapsulated it within its solutions using the term Datacenter Network and Infrastructure Orchestration (DNIO). By deploying RiT Tech’s data center orchestration tool, XpedITe, this data-centric approach will offer data center operators a clear return on investment that will come in multiple forms. These include reduced operating costs, improved utilisation of deployed assets, reduced project timescales and deferment of capital costs. DCIM has failed to deliver, let’s embrace DNIO and connect all the moving parts together in an open data-centric framework.

RiT Tech’s pioneering R&D Center in Israel is the birthplace of Automated Infrastructure Management (AIM), which is now integrated into ISO/IEC 18598. RiT’s data-centric approach has resulted in intelligent solutions to complex problems and is being deployed in data centers around the world.

For more information, please see:

Website:  http://www.rittech.com/

Phone:  +44-203-7692635

Email:  mkt@rittech.com

Ireland’s data centre sector has grown significantly over recent years, a trend which shows no signs of slowing down. At present, it is estimated that there are 11 new data centres currently under construction and over 30 in development phase in Ireland. The Covid-19 pandemic has transformed how we work and has led to massive spikes in our consumption of data as a society. This period has shown us now, more than ever the importance of data storage in powering our digital economy. Behind this storage is the critical role of data centres in how they enable us all to work and connect. Another key component at the heart of all this is a secure energy supply. ESB is working consistently to support this sector right from the beginning when a party is interested in developing, through to when it need it connects a finished site to the grid.

At ESB, we help support clients of data centre projects with the obvious energy matters but also on a variety of other specialist areas, including, technical, legal, and commercial.   This includes support from early stage design, planning and environmental development; through to procurement, delivery of the construction elements in partnership with contractors; and finally, with commissioning and handover of an operational site.

In the planning phase of new data centres, energy supply is still probably the most important factor in establishing the viability of a project. A secure and well-engineered grid connection, or independent power supply is the first step in this process. Clients, in planning their grid connection will want to know two things, the first being what it’s going to cost them, the second, how long it’s going to take.

We use our knowledge and experience to establish what a connection will cost a client and most importantly if it’s feasible. This is vital from a business case to have that technical knowledge from an early stage in a project.

Often, interested parties will come to us with a business plan for a new data centre, which is generally almost complete and through our expertise, we assist them in getting these plans to the next level. Ensuring appropriate energy management, secure connections and sound energy advice are the key first steps to take at this early stage.

Craig Adamson is Business Development and Commercial Manager at ESB.

As constant increasing demand for IT connectivity, data storage and processing continues to grow, Arup’s Kevin Burke, leader of one of our Data Centre teams, explains the importance of having a clear plan for testing and commissioning.

Over the past decade spent working on data centre projects, I find myself often drawing parallels between this field and other mission critical systems. These systems differ across industries, from navigation systems for aircraft to communication systems for first responders. As anyone designing these systems knows, uptime is vital and commissioning is crucial.

On 26 April, it was the 34th anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. After watching the Sky/HBO series, Chernobyl, I reflected on this tragic event and the impacts it continues to have. This reminded me of the importance of considering how lessons from this catastrophe can be applied to all mission critical facilities.

When Reactor 4 was being shut down for routine maintenance, the decision was made to complete some outstanding commissioning. The commissioning involved checking if the slowing down turbine would provide sufficient power to the pumps circulating cooling water to the core until the backup diesel generators kicked in. As the power plant was operational, this changed the risk profile of this type of test.

For me, I see a parallel between this test and black building tests for data centres. These tests typically take place before data centres start operating. By isolating the mains power and confirming that the Uninterruptible Power Supply, battery systems and data hall temperatures remain within the design conditions until backup generators kick in and sync, any bugs can be ironed out. If black building tests were to take place after customers and load were already gone live, this would elevate the risk.

Data centre commissioning can only be a priority before a data centre is live. On live sites, the customer is the priority. Where possible, this testing should always be completed before going live. If any outstanding tests do need to take place on live sites, the risk profile needs to be firmly understood and processes adapted.

Clear strategies, boundaries and timescales for the testing need to be agreed between all stakeholders. In a data centre context, the client, design teams, commissioning engineers, contractors, operations and customers are all stakeholders in the commissioning process. All stakeholders need to be informed of what testing is being done, their role, the risks and the lines of communication required. If things change during the test and the required boundaries and timescales cannot be adhered to, the test should be re-arranged. It is particularly important to devise and stick to clear testing plans on projects with phased build-outs of data centres.

Another key lesson is the importance of correctly devising and following test scripts. The test loads typically reflect the design conditions the data centre power and cooling systems will be expected to support during a failure scenario. Deviating from the script has two negative impacts: (1) you are not testing what you wanted to test; (2) you run the risk of not clearly identifying the problem encountered and, as a result, it becomes more difficult to resolve. The test script is a baseline for measuring the success or failure of tests and it is a mechanism for troubleshooting failures. To truly find out how systems will perform, test scripts need to be followed.

Comprehensive testing and commissioning is clearly a vital step for all data centre projects. By collaborating with clients, Arup pro-actively supports projects through the whole life cycle. This includes planning, design, construction, commissioning, testing and handover phases, where Arup typically deploys a site-based team, followed by continuous support in operation.

If you would like more information, please contact Kevin Burke (kevin.burke@arup.com),  Stephen Griffin, Europe Data Centre & Technology Leader (stephen.griffin@arup.com) or visit arup.com.

When Hanley Energy was asked by a client to design and build a bespoke solution for an immediate critical infrastructure technology gap, the task could have seemed a daunting one.

What lay before them was a complex technical job which wide-ranging customization needs, but the real challenge was the rapid introduction of a new product, with an immovable go-live deadline (6-weeks, concept to deployment).

Despite the odds being stacked against them, the Hanley Energy team achieved the end goal, and on time delivery to bridge a client’s technical and operational needs – this highlighted the company’s excellence as a specialist innovator and integrator.

And the solution was so successful that Hanley Energy emerged with a new UPS power asset – an In-line Modular Power Skid – which it can deliver to other clients.

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Techbuyer’s sustainability department

The world has tipped on its axis. We need to find flexible, creative solutions for enterprise IT infrastructure during these unprecedented times. Techbuyer’s sustainability department shares the company’s approach of high quality, low cost servers, storage, networking and more here.

The pandemic has meant that businesses around the world are having to drastically rethink their systems at short notice and adapt them to the new environment. As a data centre specialist, we regularly ship a variety of server, storage and networking equipment to over 100 countries, but the Covid-19 outbreak has pushed us to develop new product lines and offerings. Understanding and adapting to businesses’ IT needs as quickly as possible has been key during this uncertain time, to keep essential services, processes and systems running effectively. In the month of our 15th birthday, we are busy helping customers navigate these new demands.

Keeping agile in uncertain times

Techbuyer is no stranger to supplying a market during difficult times. Starting in Harrogate in 2005, Techbuyer experienced an explosion in demand for refurbished data centre during the 2008 economic crisis. Since then, Techbuyer has expanded to become a global presence with three European sites, two in the US, one in Australia and another in New Zealand, with experienced staff, strong relationships with customers and suppliers around the world. This network, along with our £10 million worth of IT hardware in stock at all times, allows us to be flexible in the face of unprecedented events.

Systems overhauls and fast deliveries

Over the past few weeks we have experienced an increased demand for IT spares and upgrades, as organisations large and small struggle to develop their infrastructure. Adapting current systems is a great way to maximise IT budgets and performance, without the hassle of implementing a new infrastructure. These upgrades are cost-effective, avoid wasting current IT hardware and can also be easily deployed, which is ideal for urgent data centre orders. This is especially important to the market as Original Equipment Manufacturers are asking for patience on deliveries of new equipment. At Techbuyer, we supply a range of new, refurbished and third party components, all of which are in stock for immediate deployment.

Another area in which we have seen a surge in demand is our bespoke Configure-to-Order service, which enables businesses to tailor servers to their specific requirements. Once our technicians have configured the servers with the required memory, storage and processing, the servers go through our 25-point recertification process and are shipped as soon as the same or next day. We have been working with NHS trusts which are facing a huge demand for their services. One example was our shipment of Dell CTO servers to an NHS trust which needed to increase database capacity and enable remote working as soon as possible.

New product lines

We are seeing an increased worldwide demand for laptops, to ensure employees can effectively work from home. This is a specialism of our French team which we were already in the process of rolling out worldwide, but Covid-19 has accelerated this. Our remanufactured laptops are fully compliant and tested in one of our four engineering facilities based in Harrogate, UK, France, the US and Australia. With relevant component upgrades, we can provide top-class performance at a fraction of the price.

We have also expedited our rentals offering on equipment, which had been in the pipeline for some time but is of particular use during the current crisis. We have been glad to be able to do our part for the healthcare industry during the pandemic with an IT rentals service for the NHS. This enables hospitals, practices and services to access quality new and refurbished data centre solutions free of charge. Other organisations find it useful too, as they step up provision with no clear view on how long emergency equipment will be needed.

Doing our bit

Diversifying our product lines and business offerings have enabled us to support our healthcare system. In the UK, we have been able to supply laptops to a doctor’s surgery and donated 100 webcams for ICU patients at an NHS trust. This provided a high quality of connectivity that allows people to keep in touch with relatives remotely.

“The best thing about working here is partnering with charities and donating resources wherever possible,” commented Anna Towers, Director of Techbuyer during an interview for Techbuyer’s 15th anniversary. “Being around so many people within the company that want to offer their own skills and time to make a difference is a real honour.

Though there are nicer times in which we would choose to have our 15th anniversary, it is great to be in a position to keep helping businesses, organisations and the wider community throughout this uncertain time.

Follow the link to watch our video on celebrating our 15th Birthday – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kY6iIehkM_A&t=1s

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