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STFC appoints Keysource for data centre support


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The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has chosen Keysource to support its Daresbury Laboratory data centre in Warrington.

The data centre and critical environment specialist will provide ongoing maintenance and an emergency response service for the plant and infrastructure at the facility.

Under the terms of the agreement, Keysource will provide co-ordinated, planned preventative maintenance (PPM) along with a 24/7 help desk and technical and emergency response to the site in the event of any issues.

It said it will also ensure regulatory compliance and the management of manufacturer warranties.

Agreement follows upgrade

The contract award follows on from the recent completion by Keysource of an upgrade to the data centre, which involved supporting the lifecycle replacement of critical power, cooling and protection systems. This has enabled it to work 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.”

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