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ITPS expands data centre to support Azure Stack services

Tue 17 Jul 2018


Managed services provider ITPS has employed Keysource, a critical environment specialist, to build out its data centre in County Durham after the company achieved more business than expected this year.

Keysource has upgraded and expanded ITPS’ colocation facility, adding an additional 300KW to the site, giving a total capacity of 1.6MW across 30,000 sq. foot. 900KW of the site’s power is partitioned into different data halls for specific clients, the company says.

The upgrade came about because of ITPS’ selection as an Azure Stack early adopter, the company says. This increased demand for ITPS services, in turn demanding more colocation space.

Keysource built the original site in 2014 for ITPS, to be the company’s main network hub, alongside two other UK data centres. The site was built with a ‘bespoke modular design’, in order to give the necessary efficiency and resiliency levels, as well as allowing the site to be expanded without disrupting existing customers’ services, as it is now.

Keysource head of innovation, Richard Clifford, said that the company is seeing cloud companies get more business as they move away from buying IT equipment and infrastructure continues.

ITPS’s increased demand

“We’re seeing many of our customers accelerate planned site expansions to accommodate increased demand for colocation and cloud services, particularly with the drive in digital transformation, data sovereignty and low latency requirements,” Clifford said.

Garry Sheriff, managing director at ITPS, added: “We’ve seen substantial growth over the past three years and, thanks to a series of new client wins, we’re expanding our capacity much sooner than expected.

“Our decision to create a high specification data centre here in the region was based on predicting the growth in cloud services and a shift towards effectively renting, rather than buying, ICT infrastructure.

“We selected Keysource as our data centre partner due to its extensive experience and understanding of professional data centre operators, and the team’s track record for project delivery and ongoing critical facilities management.”

According to ITPS, its position as an Azure Stack early adopter came about in large part because of the strength of Keysource’s data centre. ITPS is one of only a handful of certified Azure Stack early adopters, giving it an advantage over competitors.


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