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Fiscal gains in The Bunker

01 July 2017

Established in 2002, fintech company Fiscal Technologies creates software that prevents money from mistakenly or fraudulently leaving an organisation.

With offices in the UK and the US, the firm says its forensic solutions analyse financial transactions across the entire purchase-to-pay process, finding anomalies, errors, duplicates and identifying potential duplicity.

Some of Fiscal’s customers require contractual certainty that their data do not come into contact with any organisation that has any kind of relationship with the US or American organisations due to data sovereignty requirements.

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Granada University

23 February 2017

The University of Granada (UGR) is a public university located in the city of Granada, Spain, and founded in 1531 by Emperor Charles V. With approximately 85,000 end users, it is the fourth largest university in Spain. Apart from the city of Granada, UGR also has campuses in Northern Africa.
Every year over 2,000 European students enrol in UGR through the Erasmus Programme, making it one of the most popular European destinations. The university’s Centre for Modern Languages receives over 10,000 international students each year. In 2014, UGR was voted the best Spanish university by international students.
The University also provides the University Community with a wide range of cultural activities such as musical concerts, poetry, various conferences, cinema, courses, seminars, exhibitions etc. The aim of all these activities is to provide a link between university life and the other elements of the city, society and culture. The University is also the first organisation in the world to use an Ethernet network designed for 160Gbps connectivity.

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The importance of consultation in a commoditised world

22 December 2016

By Brian Macnamara, Vice President of Europe Sales, Tripp Lite.

When it comes to data centres, people’s thoughts almost immediately turn to servers and storage. But it was not a lack of computing power that Icomm Technologies struggled with during a recent data centre update at its Birmingham headquarters.

As an IT managed service provider, Icomm’s range of solutions includes hosting, data storage and backup.  In order to accommodate this growing business, Icomm was tasked with upgrading its data centre to the most current and effective technology.  Icomm had to ensure reliability, protect against any possible source of failure and plan for future growth. The renovation included upgrading the fire suppression system, installing redundant air conditioning and designing a complete IT infrastructure solution to organize, protect, power, manage and connect the new equipment.     

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High energy efficiency and safety with Munters Oasis™ cooling system

21 December 2016

Net-Build® GmbH in Saarwellingen, Germany, was founded in 1999 by Mr. Patrick Bohn. Providing IT services as System Management, Business Solutions and Rack Hosting, the company today has 20 employees.

The increasing data traffic and demand for storing and protection of data in general, recently created a need for extending Net-Builds Data Centre capacity.

Managing a visionary and environmentally conscious company, Mr. Patrick Bohn was looking out for new and energy efficient solutions when he decided to build a new state-of-the-art Data Centre.

In the planning phase, Net-Build partnered with the local contractor E-TEC Power Management GmbH, that supplies turnkey Data Centre solutions with the highest attention on safety and energy efficiency. Together with Munters, E-TEC worked out an energy efficient cooling solution, based on Munters’ indirect evaporative cooling system Oasis™.

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Opengear Secura Cloud Hosting Case Study

31 October 2016

Summary

To reduce the time consuming nature of dispatching engineers to its data centre sites to make configuration changes or troubleshoot issues, Secura Hosting has deployed Opengear Smart Out-of-Band console server technology which has improved its management capabilities and led to a return on investment in just seven months.

The Challenge

Secura supports critical applications and systems with secure, scalable, high-performance virtual private cloud hosting, delivered from a number of Tier 3+ UK data centres. Following the acquisition of the business in 2014 and two years of rapid growth and infrastructure now within three separate data centre locations; Secura began examining its processes to see where it could gain some operational benefits, while ensuring it had the infrastructure management capabilities in place to match its projected growth.

“One of the areas for improvement that we identified was around infrastructure management and maintenance across our data centre locations,” explains Dan Nichols, CTO for Secura Hosting. “As highly secure environments, gaining rapid access to site especially out of hours is not easy and the amount of travel time and inconvenience of having to visit sites to carry out tasks like firmware updates, patches and other configuration changes which require console access was really inefficient.”

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Citigroup’s Frankfurt Data Centre

22 June 2015

picture: siemens frankfurt data centre

Frankfurt has the highest density of data centres of any city in Europe. In 2008, the German branch of Citigroup built its Frankfurt Data Centre (FDC) and created a high performance, energy-efficient facility.

They appointed Siemens as their technical partner based on their ability to deliver multiple building systems and create high level protection and availability, which are key requirements for an efficient data centre. Siemens has delivered intelligent safety and security technology; reliable building automation that cools and conditions the air based on demand, keeping the servers from overheating; and an uninterruptible and redundant power supply.

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Powering Paragon's data centre

19 September 2014

Formed in 2011, Paragon Internet Group is the parent company of UK hosting brands, TSOhost, Vidahost and HostRoute. The firm now hosts more than 230,000 websites for 70,000+ customers supporting both personal and business user websites and with a customer base growing at three per cent every month. 

The group saw its cloud hosting business rise by 277 per cent during a period of significant growth between 2012 and 2013. This increase, coupled with the company’s plans international expansion, meant that it had outgrown its existing colocation facility. It thereforeneeded to revisit its data centre strategy in order to support its ambitious growth plans. 

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Free cooling pays back at Irish internet exchange

30 January 2014

CIX operates a 1,860m2 (20,000ft2) data centre in Southern Ireland, and supplies communications for co-location and large enterprises including telecoms operators. The site has around 240 customer racks, 20 infrastructure racks, and runs round the clock all year.

The data centre was built to use hot and cold aisle containment. The cold aisle has a glass roof to ensure the cool air does not mix with the warm air. The aisle is cooled using an underfloor air supply at 19°C to 20°C from a CRAC unit. This flows through perforated air tiles into the front of the racks. The hot aisle has no roof, which allows air at around 34°C to mix with ambient air before returning to the air plenums of the CRAC units.

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Warwickshire keeps IT cool

30 January 2014

Warwickshire County Council has completed its fourth data centre using EcoCooling’s computer room evaporative cooler (CREC) system.

Its Centenary House facility in Nuneaton features four roof-mounted CRECs which are said to deliver 90kW of cooling and provide N+1 redundancy.

EcoCooling says hot and cold aisle containment is used with a raised access floor to enable 9m3 of air per second to be fed into the cold aisle. Low energy electrically commutate fans are also used to provide extraction. There is no refrigeration backup to the system.

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Tighter controls cut Colt’s annual energy bill by £4m

30 January 2014

A three-year programme to improve its energy efficiency has saved Colt, said to be one of Europe’s biggest private network operators, 18 per cent of its electricity bill.

The 43 gigawatt hours (GWh) cut was worth nearly £4m per year to Colt and reduced its carbon footprint by 15,000 tonnes. The firm claims that if other European carriers and data centre operators followed suit, the industry could save up to £250m annually, and reduce CO2 production by 1.2m tonnes – the equivalent of taking out a city the size of Manchester.

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