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London Borough Of Newham Builds New Shed For IT Systems

07 April 06 The London Borough of Newham Council has gone live with a state-of-the-art, modular, high-density data centre valued in the region of £400,000, designed and built by Future-Tech within a tin shed. The new high-tech, modular equipment room has had to be built within a pre-existing shell structure on a concrete base which used to be the site of an old cow shed, and will house all of the Council's IT systems which are currently being upgraded by HP as part of a 10-year contract worth £27 million. The upgrade project includes blade servers, storage area network technology and a rolling four-year refresh of all desktop and laptop hardware. The new IT infrastructure has already saved the Council over £500,000 as a result of server consolidation and lower software license costs, as well as offering improved scalability and system resilience. The Council is forecasting a further £500,000 cost saving as more new systems are rolled out over the next year. Data centre specialist, Future-Tech has built and equipped the computer room with a unique air conditioning system to support the Council's new blade servers, as well as providing electrical services, generator, fire systems, and environmental monitoring systems including door access and CCTV. The contract also included site supervision, project management, design and engineering, health & safety, operations and maintenance manuals, testing and compliance certificates. Future-Tech is also providing a full preventative maintenance service for the site. Geoff Connell, Deputy Head of ICT at The London Borough of Newham, says, We now have a very flexible, modular computer suite to support the delivery of IT services, not only to staff but also to the public as part of the e-Government initiative. Our computer room is housed within old tin sheds and therefore we needed Future-Tech to design and build a modular data centre within a very restricted space which was capable of supporting us for the next 10 years as we continue to expand our range of IT services. Connell continues, The power supply and air conditioning requirements for a modern mainframe replacement architecture are much greater than before, and our old computer room simply wouldn't have been able to house our new blade servers. The data centre that Future-Tech has designed now gives us a very scaleable, reliable and resilient IT infrastructure. For example, we would now be in a position to run the IT operations for neighbouring boroughs if we decided this was something we wanted to pursue. Commenting on the service provided by Future-Tech, Connell concludes, We have an excellent working relationship with Future-Tech's consultants. Their data centre design impressed us in terms of quality and price/performance, and their professionalism, responsiveness and flexibility during the build stage has been excellent. Of all the data centre providers that we spoke to Future-Tech gave

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