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Friday, 29 May 2015 01:47

Capita selects Ark data centres for new Capita Private Cloud Service

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Capita partners with Ark Data Centres to supply secure, energy efficient data centre space for the new Capita Private Cloud platform

Capita has partnered with Ark Data Centres to supply secure, energy efficient data centre space for the new Capita Private Cloud platform (infrastructure as a service). The move allows Capita IT Enterprise Services to develop standard infrastructures, processes and services that it can offer customers rather than creating bespoke solutions in every case.

By using Ark’s data centres, Capita IT Enterprise Services will outlay one tenth of the capital cost compared to that of maintaining its existing facilities, and will at the same time reduce its environmental footprint. Thanks to Ark’s efficient and carbon reducing data centre services, Capita IT Enterprise Services, in turn, will be able to pass those savings onto its customers to further enhance its service and customer relationships.

As organisations adopt cloud computing practices, more and more data is being stored in data centres. With this reliance on stored data, customers expect it to always be available, which means that data centres now need robust reliability. However, with more data centres storing increasing amounts of data, the power used in running, cooling and maintaining these has increased significantly. The efficiency of Ark data centres saves customers on average around £1.1 million per megawatt and over 6,000 tonnes of carbon annually compared with an average data centre facility - lowering the total cost of ownership across the industry.

Peter Hands, Executive Director, Capita IT Enterprise Services: “Ark Data Centres offers modern facilities which integrate its innovation in cooling technology, dynamic monitoring, modularity, security by building not site, guaranteed power usage effectiveness (PUE) and speed. Combined with our expertise in cloud based services, we’re in prime position to deliver the availability that our customers need, with the flexibility and security that they want and with the reduced carbon footprint that everyone seeks.”

The Ark data centre solution consists of modular installations which, when complete, offer data centres that can power and cool up to 9MW of IT split over twelve data rooms, each with seven data aisles with space for up to 28 cabinets or in Capita’s case, Vblocks. The nature of Ark’s air-cooled environment, controlled by Match Technology allows for racks to be deployed in any configuration. The Matching Technology also allows Capita IT Enterprise Services to provide a fixed efficiency guarantee irrespective of equipment age, power draw or weight.

Following the success of the Capita Private Cloud, two further installations are planned across Ark’s data centre campuses. Ark has two campuses in Hampshire and Wiltshire, each with planning consent for up to five data centres. Each campus is sustainably managed with dedicated power, and the latest innovations, to accommodate clients with the inclusion of swing space to take advantage of demand peaks and troughs and to rotate clients around the campus as technologies advance and new facilities are constructed.

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