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
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 and we'll ping you back some dates)

On NDCA matters, we will be exhibting at 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 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
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 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 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