Saturday, 30 September 2017

October Update

Its been a busy few months since our last update but exciting times as well.
The EURECA project continues at pace, more information can be found on the project website www.dceureca.eu
As many will be aware the project has been extended due to two new public sector data centre project that the project is working with, data has been collated on both and the findings are due to be presented to the clients in the next few weeks
Our next workshop will take place in conjunction with Data Centres Ireland, more information and registration can be found on this link http://www.datacentres-ireland.com/

Its always great to go back to Ireland, and I'm sure that a great time will be had by delegates and exhibitors alike.

As a result of this extension we are still available for work on EURECA pilot projects, please let us know if you would like some free consultancy (terms and conditions apply).

Our midlands datacentre standards project has been cancelled due to various issues, but we have been in discussions with the principles about a new data centre project in Manchester.
This site will also incorporate the  "National Data Centre Academy" Manchester facility, this will be somewhat smaller than we have envisaged but will provide a great location to prove our proof of concept which will hopefully lead onto the main facility, which we hope will still be located in the Birmingham area.
On that note, if you are interested in learning more about the NDCA and its facilities please drop me a line at john.booth@nationaldcacademy.com

The NDCA exhibited with our partners (Data Centre Alliance and IDC Achill Rock) at edie.live on the 23/24th May 2017 at the NEC in Birmingham, we had a number of visitors and I presented on the topic of sustainability for data centres, all in all the event was moderately suscessful in terms of potential new clients but more so on the awareness side of things.
Many enterprises still consider the data centre as a necessary evil and of course IT departments still have trouble with Shadow IT (The use of unauthorised cloud and colocation services) but in my opinion them only have themselves to blame (catch up with my at an industry event to find out more!)

The NDCA project is essentially a step change in the delivery of data centre training, we'll have the usual classroom environment, but we're adding special rooms to deliver practical skills including something very special.

I completed 3 CEEDA assessments, one, one in Ireland and 2 in Gibraltar, one is a new assessment of a legacy facility, one, a reassessment and one, a new facility. We also have a number in the pipe for later this year, I'll keep you posted.
If you would like a Certified Energy Efficiency for Data Centres Award (CEEDA), please visit CEEDA.
We provide a number of pre-ceeda and EUCOC services, please contact us directly on info@carbon3it.com for pricing and availability.

Our work with the DCA continues and we have been very busy with 2 exciting new projects, of which more will be revealed by the DCA themselves, we wouldn't want to steal their thunder.
We attended the Datacentre Transformation Conference in Manchester on the 11th July,  and the DCA industry Update (approximately 40 delegates turned up and a very good networking session in a local hostelry, followed by a ather excellent curry ensued.

The latest DCA Golf Day was an eventful affair, I was unable to attend the morning session due to other commitments (more on that below) and in the afternoon it was literally 4 seasons in one day, we had rain, hail, mist, and finally sun, conditions were challenging but as usual the drinks buggy provided some much needed liquid refreshments (hic). The John Booth Wooden Spoon Award (named after my goodself and indicating a really rubbish golfer, usually me!) in fact was awarded to someone else, so I'm not sure that it is an indication of improvement, or that this year even worse golfers were in attendance.

The reason I was unable to attend the morning session was that we (NDCA) applied for some assistance from the Climate Launchpad programme and we had undertaken some 10 sessions with mentors to sharpen up a pitch deck in order to obtain finance. This was a very useful exprience and whilst we were ultimately unsuccessful (we came 4th!) it provided some strategic focus to the NDCA, which is always good.

Last week I was in Milan for the 2018 EUCOC best practices review, together with 20 or so colleagues from data centres owners, operators and supply chain organisations across the EU, as usual we reviewed S10/11 with a view to moving and enhancing the best practices, reviewed some external comments for new or revisions to current best practices and introduced some new bets practices at the event. The latest versions (2018) for the best practices document and the reporting forms are now in preparation and will be published when they are finalised.

In early June we were at the Data Cloud Congress, Monaco, this is the premier event in the data centre annual event season, and I am lucky enough to obtain free tickets through my work reviewing the EUCOC participant applications, thank you to Broad Group and the EU-JRC.

Its always a pleasure to meet up with colleagues from across the EU, but to quote a famous film, what happens in Monaco, stays in Monaco.

We ahve a busy few months ahead but we will attempt to attend the following events

5th October IP Expo - London
2nd November IM Meeting London AM
2nd November UKDCIG London PM
6th November BCS DCIG London Committee Meeting/AGM
7-8th November DCD Zettastructure
16th November EU GPP Seville, Spain
22 - 23rd November, Data Centres Ireland


Until next time...

Saturday, 20 May 2017

May 2017 Update

Its been a busy few months since our last update but exciting and sometimes quite stressful times as well. I did promise an update in April but circumstances and travel conspired to make a lot of demands on my time, anyway heres the May update.

The EURECA project continues at pace, more information can be found on the project website www.dceureca.eu
We've had 3 events since the last update, namely Stockholm, Berlin and Barcelona, all the events were fairly well attended and we've had some impressive speakers from public sector organisations detailing some of their own projects and ones where the EURECA project can help out. We have a meeting scheduled next week with an EU Government developing a full cloud services suite and planning to build their own new data centre, this will be "state of the art" and hopefully will adopt many of the EURECA project standards and specifications, we'll keep you posted on that project.
Due to this project and the fact that it is just at the start up and specification stage, we have applied for and been granted an extension to the project, so wheras the original project was 30 month duration and due to end in September 2017, it has now been extended to February 2018.

As a result of this extension we are still available for work on pilot projects, please let us know if you would like some free consultancy (terms and conditioins apply). On that note, we are still discussing a possible pilot with another EU government but they are currently in purdah (which should provide a clue as to who it is!) Again we'll keep you updated.

Our midlands datacentre standards project has been delayed due to various issues, but we have meetings with the principles next week and hope to be able to start our work before the end of May.
The delay has in fact been fairly productive as we have been given the opportunity to design the second phase of the proposed "National Data Centre Academy" and we've been hard at work talking to various organsiations about what they need for specific training courses and inviting them to view site (if you'd like to visit, please drop us an email on info@nationaldcacademy.com and we'll ping you back some dates)

On NDCA matters, we will be exhibting at edie.live next week (23/24th May 2017) at the NEC in Birmingham with our partners the Data Centre Alliance and IDC Achill Rock (our landlord) we'll be on stand N36 and you can use the following link to get your free tickets edie.live tickets

The NDCA project is essentially a step change in the delivery of data centre training, we'll have the usual classroom environment, but we're adding special rooms to deliver practical skills including something very special, I'm going to keep that under my hat for now as we have our partner coming to see the site and demostrate some kit next week, I can guarantee that this is a world first and potentially another real change to the way that we deliver certain types of training.

I completed 2 CEEDA assessments, one in Stockholm, Sweden and one in Sao Paolo, Brazil, and we have 3 scheduled for June, one in Ireland and 2 in Gibraltar, one of these is a reassessment and one is their new facility. We also have a number in the pipe for later this year, I'll keep you posted.

Our work with the DCA continues and we have been very busy 2 exciting new projects, of which more will be revealed by the DCA themselves, we wouldn't want to steal their thunder.
We'll be at the Datacentre Transformation Conference in Manchester on the 11th July, more information and registration can be found on this link I'll no doubt be speaking at the event and as always the DCA will be holding a mini event the day before in the afternoon, followed by networking drinks in a local hostelry. Once the details for the event are finalised I'll let you all know.

We attended the DCS awards last week, congratulations to all the organisations and people that won awards. Its always good to go to these events to catch up with colleagues in the industry, its a shame that sometimes its the only time you see them but thats life!

So, our main events over the next few months are as follows:

23/24th May edie.live
6-8th June Data Cloud Congress, Monaco
19-23rd June European Sustainable Energy Week, Brussels TBC
10th July DCA Update, UoM, Manchester
11th July Data Centre Transformation Conference, UoM,  Manchester
17th - 21st EURECA Training Week, NDCA Birmingham





Advanced Warning, a date for your diaries, the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres best practices committee has been provisionally scheduled for the 27th September in Ispra [more details once the meeting has been scheduled]

Until next time...

Monday, 27 February 2017

February Update

We did promise a 2016 review in January but we've been so busy we haven't had the chance to put pen to paper, so heres our February Update and where possible we'll include references back to the 2016 stuff.

The EURECA project www.eureca-project.eu continues and has reached a number of milestones, the first was the release of the beta version of the tool, and a complete suite of changes to the traininig programme,  both of these can be found on this link, registration is required.
We were all in Paris for Data Centre World where we provided some content and conducted some of the training.
 The project is due to be completed by September 2017 and we'll be organising a number of workshops in, Stockholm, Barcelona and Brussels. Please visit the project website for more information.

We're working with a data centre owner in the West Midlands on a complete suite of ISO standards as specified by the EURECA project, this includes 9001/14001/22301/27001 & 50001, which are Quality, Environmental, Business Continuity, Information Security and Energy Management Systems as well as an EUCOC application.

Our work with the Data Centre Alliance http://www.datacentrealliance.org/ continues with our chairing of the DCA energy efficiency steering group and providing support to the executive team.
The next DCA event is the day before Data Centre World and will take place at the same venue, London's Excel arena. More information and registration can be found on this DCA Industry Update - 14th March 2017
This meeting takes place the day before the DCW event so that delegates can attend both events without incurring additional costs.

I'll be attending DCW and will be on or around the DCA stand.

Our Sustainability for London (SFL) project, more info launched on the 25th October 2016.
The launch event took place as a part of the BCS Green IT SG AGM, 
SFL was developed to meet the Mayor of London's energy and carbon targets and provides specific asistance to London based organisations and more importantly the use of ICT systems, datacentres, networks and user devices, based upon 5 pillars, for more information please visit the SFL website here

On that note, it had been a relatively quiet year for the BCS Green IT SG but we have been working on our SFL project, but now that SFL is launched our focus will return to BAU after the AGM and we look forward to developing a full programme of events with the committee for the rest of 2016 and 2017.

We will be visiting Amsterdam in early April to meet up with our EU GREEN IT Consortium, Green IT Amsterdam, Swiss Informatics Society and AGIT (France), we'll report back on this initative in our next update.


We attended the EU-JRC Ispra complex in Italy in mid November as part of an expert panel created to evaluate and discuss the impending EMAS for the ICT sector.

We have a number of irons in the fire for future projects, the first was launched at DC North event in Manchester on the 15th February.

The National Data Centre Academy  (NDCA) is a practical training centre, available for commercial training companies for the delivery of their curent and perhaps future courses, data centre supply chain companies to use for product launches, technical updates and in house training and for research projects. Information on the NDCA can be found on our linked in page NDCA Linked In page and on our website here
Please get in touch for more information, booking, and pricing.

We're also involved with the DCA in a new EU project that will commence in Jan 2017, this project will be using the NDCA as a test bed for a new innovative cooling system.

Our project in partnership with the DCA with Central Government has been put on hold pending further discussions and clarity from BREXIT negotations.


BREXIT Update: Still too early to tell, but the signs are not good, we've seen increased activity in Europe on data centre activity, with new cables by-passing the UK and an increase in announced new data centre projects across the EU. UK Government seems intent on pushing through with the BREXIT legislation with minimal input from the 16 Million that voted to stay and saner voices across the House of Lords and other respected institutions, which in our opinion does not provide any clarity as to future plans or proposals, the recent green paper on Industrial Strategy negated to provide any details on the future of data centres in the UK.


We'll be in attendance at the following events in the next 2 months:


DCW London Excel 15th/16th March
EURECA Stockholm 20-24th March

Next Update - April 17

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Update - October 2016

Hmmm, where do I start?
Its been a great summer for us and we have a number of irons in the fire that I need to tell you all about.

Lets start with current projects.

The EURECA project www.eureca-project.eu continues and has reached a number of milestones, the first was the release of the beta version of the tool, this can be found on this link, registration is required. The training portfolio has also been released, although recent updates from beyond the project has required a review and possible amendments to the course content. The content is online but may be subject to change. The EURECA project will provide updates as required.
The project is due to be completed by September 2017 and we'll be organising a number of workshops in Paris, Stockholm, Barcelona and Brussels. Please visit the project website for more information.

We've completed a number of EU Code of Conduct for Data Centre (Energy Efficiency) applications for 2 customers, one based in the Nordic region and a global telecommunications company for their EU sites. This brings up the total of Carbon3IT Ltd assisted EUCoC applications in 2016 to 17 and we have another 6 in the pipeline to be fulfilled by Q1 2017.

We continue to work on an ISO standards project for a Nordic client, providing ISO22301/27001 Management Systems.

Our work with the Data Centre Alliance http://www.datacentrealliance.org/ continues with our chairing of the DCA energy efficiency steering group and providing support to the executive team.
The next DCA EE steering group will have its next meeting on the 31st October at the UEL in East London, registration is required and you can do that here

This meeting takes place the day before the DCD Zettastructure event so that delegates can attend both events without incurring additional costs.
Information on DCD Zettastructure can be found here
I'll be attending DCD Zettastructure working on behalf of the CEEDA team, more information on CEEDA can be found here
We've completed a number of CEEDA assessments this year and more are in the pipeline.

Our Sustainability for London (SFL) project, more info will launch on the 25th October 2016.
The launch event will take place as a part of the BCS Green IT SG AGM, registration is required and places are extremely limited and you are urged to register asap, the registration link can be found here
SFL was developed to meet the Mayor of London's energy and carbon targets and provides specific asistance to London based organisations and more importantly the use of ICT systems, datacentres, networks and user devices, based upon 5 pillars, for more information please visit the SFL website.

On that note, is been a relatively quiet year for the BCS Green IT SG but we have been working on our SFL project, but now that SFL is ready to be launched our focus will return to BAU after the AGM and we look forward to developing a full programme of events with the committee for the rest of 2016 and 2017

We have a number of irons in the fire for future projects, the first is a new ISO management systems client, this will be the implementation of 7 ISO standards for a data centre group based in the UK but with regional ambitions.
This client has also requested EUCOC applications for up to 7 sites in the UK.
We're also doing something else with this client that for the moment wil remain secret, save that if everything goes to plan, we are going to change the way a certain part of the datacentre industry works, more details when the plans have been finalised.

We've also been approached by another consortium to assist in the development of a new data centre site in the NW of the UK.

We're also involved with the DCA in a new EU project that will commence in Jan 2017 and whilst we've been writing this blog we've also be on a conference call for another project.

A note on BREXIT, whilst the mechanism of BREXIT is still being worked on by the UK government it is still very much business as usual here at Carbon3IT Ltd, we've not seen any direct impact from the referendum, but it is too early to tell.

We are working with the DCA on a project for Central Government and we have meetings scheduled this week to progress our thoughts, we will of course let our readers know the outcome.

One final event to tell you about, we'll be visiting the EU-JRC Ispra complex in Italy in mid November as part of an expert panel created to evaluate and discuss the impending EMAS for the ICT sector.

We're also meeting with fellow industry members for TCT 7/3 work next week.

All in all its been a busy period, but as we all know the devil makes work for idle hands.

We've not been idle...until next time.








Monday, 22 August 2016

Next EURECA Workshop & EUCOC

The next EURECA Workshop www.eureca-project.eu will take place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on the 29th September 2016. We will be launching the tool and the training programme at this event.
We are also pleased to be supporting the EU Code of Conduct for Data Centres (Energy Efficiency) best practices committee meeting the day before on the 28th September.
If you are an endorser or participant to the EUCOC and would like to go to this meeting, please contact Paolo directly.

All EUCOC delegates are invited to register for the EURECA event and registration for this will be posted shortly on the above link.

We'll be syndicating this link once its been published.

See you in Amsterdam

Saturday, 25 June 2016

EU IN or Out?

What follows may annoy some, infuriate others whilst some may just sigh and say thats John all over but it is my personal opinion on the last 7 weeks or so of EU debate, resulting as we all know in the people stating that they want to leave the EU.

OK, for starters let me state that in my opinion both the leave and remain campaigns have been next to useless, neither has managed to get over the real reasons for staying or leaving the EU. It is, to be plain, an indication of how much the electrorate is treated with contempt by the ruling elite. I've seen posters that echo a nasty past, I've heard statements from both sides that are completely and utterly untrue, lies, lies and even more lies all designed to confused and infuriate the voter which has sadly resulted in 37% of the population holding sway over the rest and voting to leave.

I was geniunely shocked early Friday morning (watching the coverage) to see that Leave was coming first in so many towns and cities all over England, with the notable exception of my own area, an island of Remain yellow in a sea of Leave blue, London, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

I was all at sea yesterday, moribund, depressed, questions running through my head "what will happen next?, can the business survive?, is it worth continuing, seeing as we've been given about €200,000 in EU funding since 2013!

Last Leg In, Last Leg Out and Glastonbury last night lifted my mood and I've realised that what I had been saying to our EU partners was essentially correct.

I had said that the vote would be close and probably be to leave, armed with this mandate from the people the PM would go to Brussels and demand radical and wholesale change to the mechanisms that make up the EU and then he would hold a referendum 2 based upon a package of measures designed to persaude the British people to remain, and to counter the rising far right parties across the EU complaining about creeping federalism, immigration etc.

Once Referendum 2 was complete and the people had spoken then and only then (if the vote was to leave) would article 50 be invoked.

So in essence this referendum has NO legal status, it is not yet passed, the decision to leave the EU will not happen (if ever) for some time and this is why...

Cameron has stood down, his successor is likely to be Johnson or May, they will wish to hold a General Election to obtain a mandate to rule, the manifesto for this election will be fought over by leavers and remainers in the Conservative Party, the conclusion that the party will fight for a leave vote within Parliament is NOT assured.
Labour, whilst remaining unelectable under its current leadership would do well to campaign actively to remain in those areas where the "leave" vote was strongest and it has to be said in traditionally labour strongholds.

The result of the General Election will depend on who commits to remaining or leaving the EU.

Both parties should up their game when it comes to campaigning and this should be overseen by an independent watchdog with more teeth to endure that false and misleading claims cannot be published.

The people of the UK, have voted based upon lies, falsehoods, bigotry and racism to leave, a sensible parliament would heed the obvious discontent within the country and take steps to eradicate the problems, first off the bankers that caused the 2009 crisis should have all their assets sequested by the state and they themselves should be jailed, people smugglers should be given life sentences and have all their assets returned to the state, people in postions of power who misuse the power for personal gain should have all their assets removed and jailed (expenses scandal anyone?). No one should be in any doubt that the law is the law and it will be upheld.

All companies, big or small, local or international will pay the taxes that are due, the HMRC will not provide "sweatheart" deals that are opaque and secret, everybody who pays will be required to publish the details.

These are just two areas we should seek for redress, we should understand that taxes pay for infrastructure, health, safety, education and all those things that make a society, a community worth living in.

And the EU for all its bluster, the UK needs to start the exit proceedings now etc, can bloody well wait, this is too important a decision to act hastily, too important a decision to base upon the campaign lies, they would do well to begin the process of reform themselves, so that when the UK does make a binding decision is to remain in a club that is worth belonging to.

These are the PERSONAL views of Carbon3IT's MD and not of the company.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

May 16 Update

Phew, what a couple of weeks, as previously reported we've been quite busy over the last few weeks so a brief update is in order.
On the 28th April, I travelled to Austin Texas to conduct a CEEDA assessment for our first North American client, well I say American but in fact it is a UK client that has a facility within a DRT colocation site. The assessment went well and we'll be providing an update soon.
Austin, really is a busy bustling city, the vibe is infectious and I always enjoy going there, taking advantage of the cheap prices in the stores as well, I managed to procure a high end laptop that was priced in $ as it would have been in £, saving £300, and I got the tax back at the airport.
I also had a tickle on the way back with a complimentary upgrade to business class on the plane so thank you British Airways, ahem, I'm flying to Oslo in a few weeks btw!

I travelled back on the 2nd May and enjoyed a day with the family for my birthday, then flew to Scotland for a review meeting with our EURECA client, another tickle virtue of our use of booking.com was an upgrade and free breakfast at the Old Course Hotel (Golfers will recognise that this is the hotel on the right hand side of the 17th fairway on the Old Course at St Andrews, it sometimes gets hit by wayward shots!)

I do some much travel these days that I've invested in a Priority Pass, this gets me free acccess to Airport lounges and is very useful as I get free wifi, coffee, food etc so its well worth the relatively small price. I've used it on 4 occasions so far, outbound to Austin at Heathrow, (Inbound was via the client), Outbound in Birmingham for Scotland, Outbound at Edinburgh upon my return and Outbound from Birmingham to Dublin.

The Dublin trip was for EURECA meetings and the 4th EURECA workshop, we have made great progress on both the tools and the training packages and we will launch both in Amsterdam in late September, more details closer to the time.

We returned from Dublin late on Wednesday 11th in order to attend the DCS Awards on the 12th May, this event took place at the Grange St Pauls hotel, whilst the venue was central, the event tookplace in the basement and it was quite hot and humid down there.
The less said about the entertainment the better, I've never seen anyone "lose" the room quite so quickly and I'm sure that next year we'll see something a little different.
However, the event was very well attended and our congratulations to all the award winners.

So, whats in store over the next few weeks, well we have a DCA workshop on the 17th in Banbury (quite close to us, so very pleased), I have quite a bit of work to catch up on this week so will be looking forward to the family holiday in Kefalonia the week after.

Upon my return I will be going to Oslo for a meeting with our Norwegian client to discuss their standards implementaiton for ISO22301/27001 and the preparation of DR/BC plans, as well as reviewing their EUCOC applications.

The week after I shall be going to the Data Cloud Congress in Monaco to attend the EUCOC awards ceremony as well as meet up with clients past, present and future.

In July, we'll be chairing a workshop at the DataCentre Transformation Conference in Manchester, more details and registration can be found here.

Throughout the summer, we;ll be working on two standards implementation projects, continuing our involvement in the EURECA project and getting ready for the 5th Workshop in Amsterdam in late September, more information on the EURECA project can be found here.
Further details on the 5th EURECA workshop, which will include the launch of the EURECA tool and training programme will be available on that link, but we'll update you all via this site and our social media when further information is available.

A note on our SFL project, we've decide not to have a big flashy launch event in favour of a soft launch in late June and a pounding on our all the members social media channels leading up to the official launch, watch this space and dont forget to follow @carbon3it and @sustyforlondon for regular updates and further information.

So, all in all, quite a busy season ahead of us, we'll be posting again after all our trips (sometime in mid June), until then keep safe and think about making your data centre energy efficient...until next time....