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Level 3 data centre Goswell Road – more interruptions

Posted by Paul Hone | 18 Mar 2013, 15:53 PM

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Last week, Level 3 Data Centre in London suffered yet another power outage, this time due to a failure on the UPS system that took out customer servers which were relying on the power supply. Paul Hone, Data Centre Manager, discusses Redcentric’s move from this facility into its own state-of-the-art Reading data centre, also offering efficiency and power advice to those looking for a data centre with true power resilience.

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IT efficiency – why its more important than ever

Posted by Paul Hone | 12 Mar 2013, 15:57 PM

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A recent study on BIO Intelligence has highlighted what we’ve know for some time: the IT industry needs to improve its efficiency. The report estimates, even with the many improvements available between now and 2020, that the IT sector will still be responsible for 4% of the planet’s greenhouse gas output. Without significant consideration for the way we consume energy, and the waste we subsequently release, the impact of emissions will be significant, and this calls for immediate action.

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Data centre cooling: cold aisle containment explained

Posted by Paul Hone | 28 Feb 2013, 16:14 PM

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To the untrained eye, data centre racks are simply aligned in a logical, orderly fashion. As a Data Centre Manager, I can tell you that the placement of servers is carefully and meticulously planned to allow for maximum efficiency. Cold aisle containment is a layout designed to achieve energy efficiency and reduce cooling costs, through successful management of air flow. Many data centres are now utilising this design as their layout of choice, and I aim to explain why within this blog.

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Why go green?

Posted by Stefan Haase | 18 Jan 2013, 17:27 PM

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The primary purpose of any business is to provide a product or service to its customers. That is something that most of us can agree on. However, modern businesses have more responsibilities – to their staff, to the local community, and, of course, to the environment.

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Data centre failures? Dont accept them

Posted by Paul Hone | 11 Jun 2012, 10:15 AM

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Data centre problems seem to be in the news a lot lately. One recent story in The Register described how a power outage at a data centre in Maidenhead knocked out the firewalls and servers for several web hosting firms.

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An antidote to the hot air surrounding data centre hosting

Posted by Paul Hone | 9 Jan 2012, 09:16 AM

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In potentially baffling customers with marketing spiel and hot air during their Cloud or managed hosting services pitch, many hosts are at the same time confusing matters when they talk about their data centre credentials. To camouflage their shortcomings, they may try and impress you with jargon around their SLAs, MTBFs, PDUs and more*.

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Copper-bottomed network resilience: where cable theft meets it match

Posted by Mark Hall | 21 Dec 2011, 16:05 PM

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Visitors to our offices are sometimes surprised to find one of the monitoring screens in our 24/7 Service Management Centre is running Sky News. Is this some mysterious motivational technique? I’m afraid not. It’s much more mundane than that – it’s just one of the many ways we keep tabs on what’s happening on our network.

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Data security and the perils of location, location, location.

Posted by Stefan Haase | 8 Nov 2011, 14:19 PM

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According to a report from Information Age’s Cloud Security 2011 conference, businesses will soon be using a Software-as-a Service application from one provider, built on a Platform-as-a-Service offering from another, which in turn is based on Infrastructure-as-a-Service delivered by a third.

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Olympics power drain too big a hurdle for Verizon

Posted by Paul Hone | 6 Oct 2011, 14:08 PM

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In June, my colleague Ian Rhodes warned that “The Olympics will be a significant challenge for the UK infrastructure”. But it’s not just bandwidth that’s the problem. Concerns over power shortages during next year’s Olympic Games in London have caused Verizon Business to dismiss the capital as the site for its flagship data centre.

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Olympics front-runners: why SMEs should be part of the race

Posted by Stefan Haase | 5 Sep 2011, 16:12 PM

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A recent article in The Telegraph about London’s Olympic Stadium revealed that “the grass came from Scunthorpe, the seats from Luton and the roof from Bolton”. The fact that it was all built in Britain is truly a remarkable achievement. However, I’m reminded that I was recently asked why it was that SMEs had failed to win contracts for the 2012 Olympics.

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New next generation facility. Why now?

Posted by Paul Hone | 26 May 2011, 13:19 PM

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With a real buzz around our new Reading Data Centre plans, I’m receiving calls and questions on a daily basis, both from existing customers and potential clients (as well as the occasional competitor ‘spy’!). The main query is of course, ‘What’s in it for me?’.

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Are other providers investing…or simply in denial?

Posted by Stefan Haase | 15 May 2011, 11:13 AM

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In a competitive marketplace, it’s true that customers are swayed by attention grabbing headlines of growth, with the promise of big brand security and savings.

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5 key questions to ask your current/potential network provider

Posted by Mark Hall | 13 May 2011, 16:02 PM

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In most of my meetings with potential customers, it becomes clear that few businesses scrutinise the capabilities of their would-be IT partner in enough detail.

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