Full speed ahead for Data Hall 1 cooling system

This summer, we’ve been hard at work taking the high-tech cooling system in Data Hall 1 to its final specification, ready for full capacity.

Our entire facility follows a modular build methodology, which includes our unique evaporative cooling system. Everything is installed in A+B resilient pairs, which includes the cooling stack design employed at our London Central data centre. These act as the lungs of our data centre, breathing cool air into the overhead plenum.

Until now, we’ve had lot’s of headroom on the existing two stacks, comprised of four wet box units. Last summer, we rolled out a fully-integrated AC system to supplement this evaporative units, both for added operational resilience, as well as further cooling capacity should it be required.

Intake Fan

Each of our stacks have intelligently controlled intake fans and active damping

We’ve now added the final two stacks to the system in Data Hall 1, taking our cooling capacity to maximum load. This further improves resilience on the system as a whole, and also provides a great deal of additional cooling as we continue to welcome new customers into our world-class data centre.

CREC Units

Our unique, highly-efficient cooling stack design

Part of this additional capacity includes the tripling of available extraction outlets, which gives us greater control over the pressure differential between hot and cold aisles.

At full speed we are now able to move 208,000 cubic metres of four-times filtered, climate controlled air through Data Hall 1 per hour. That’s a lot of air, creating a flow of freshly tempered air which refreshes hall-wide every 45 seconds (on average).

Extraction

Our extraction capabilities have been heavily bolstered

Extraction Fans

We now have nine high-powered extraction fans

Further to this, we’ve also installed a new probe matrix overhead, meaning we now have temperature and humidity mapping capabilities across the entire data hall floor. This both feeds into the control systems which manage the cooling system, as well as our own monitoring and management systems for greater insights into heat and flow control.

Later this year, we’ll also be adding in further granular monitoring on the circuits which feed our cooling systems, which will allow us to see our PUE as it dynamically adjusts in real-time.

The cooling system in Data Hall 1 is now at full capacity, which is fantastic news as our ever-growing roster of clients continue to deploy new systems in our facilities.

Learn more about our world-class London Central data centre.

The benefits of workplace recovery for SMEs

We recently launched our new Workplace Recovery London brand, which now provides invaluable peace of mind to businesses in and around London from our on-site disaster recovery suite.

As part of the recent launch, we are helping SMEs to better understand the benefits of having such a service in place.

Workplace Recovery London

73% of small businesses admit to lacking a business continuity plan. And yet SMEs may struggle to recover if they’re hit with a disaster. Some never reopen at all.

This serves to highlight the importance small businesses should place in their own recovery plan.

Still not convinced? Below, we’ll take a look at the benefits of workplace recovery for a small business.

 

Prevent Lost Sales

The moment a crisis strikes your business, you begin to experience lost sales.

These losses only compound the longer the crisis continues. Lost sales become lost customers. Missed SLAs become financial penalties or lost contracts. After an extended outage, there’s a good chance you’ll need to pay extra to win back your customer base, too.

It’s rare that small businesses can take sustained losses like these. They often lack the financial safety nets of larger operations. A few weeks of lost revenue could ensure a small business will never recover.

Workplace recovery restores your services at the first possible opportunity. That way, you can begin making up for your lost revenue immediately. A good business continuity plan is one of the few things that will carry your business through a major disaster.

 

Customer Continuity

A workplace recovery plan can measure its success by whether your customers notice any disruption.

With the right recovery service in place, you can transition into backup services without your customers even spotting the difference. As we mentioned before, customers are more likely to abandon a service when there’s a break in continuity.

Investing in workplace recovery increases your chances of retaining your customers by preventing a hit to the customer experience.

This is especially vital for any businesses offering ongoing support. If your services go down, your customers could end up losing money themselves. In a worst-case scenario, your service outage could even pose a risk to customer well-being.

 

Staff Continuity

You also have your workforce to think about when you’re hit by a disaster.

If your staff are on flexible contracts, they’ll be unable to earn a living while you’re out of business. If you’re out for long enough, they’ll need to move on to other employment to cover their living costs.

But you need to consider permanent staff, too. Each day your company is out of action is another day you’re paying wages and benefits without RoI to your company. That’s yet another financial hit on top of the others we’ve covered.

Workplace recovery services can bring your premises back online to ensure continuity for staff. Where that’s not practical, they can help establish temporary operations centres.

Notifying your staff of an incident becomes much easier when vital services are in place. If you can bring your business back online even in a limited way, you can prepare your workforce for any disruption to their schedule.

 

Respond Efficiently

Humans in an emergency situation have a tendency to make poor decisions.

It’s not a universal trait, though. Most notably, those who know there’s a plan to follow can perform much better in a crisis situation. That’s why it’s so important to have a process in place for a major service outage.

A strong workplace recovery service fields a team of experts who know how to respond to disaster situations. They’ll follow a pre-planned set of actions to ensure your business continuity.

A business faces the prospect of huge financial losses when there’s a break in business continuity. They can’t afford to waste time figuring out what to do next. Fast, decisive action is the only way to limit the damage.

A recovery service will also work with you to come up with a preemptive plan. That way, you can rest assured that a plan is in place no matter what happens.

 

Maintain Your Brand

The general public understands that one-off incidents are largely unavoidable. But a prolonged issue suggest a deeper cause.

If you lack a recovery plan when an incident hits, you send a clear message. The message says you’re an amateur brand. It’s not nice, but it’s a fact. And these days, that’s likely to see you mocked on social media.

The hit to your reputation is yet another way you stand to suffer massive financial losses without a recovery plan. As your customers spread the word, they’ll drive away new custom.

Unless you have a masterful PR team, negative media coverage will only destroy the reputation you’ve built for your brand.

But with a good recovery plan, you’ll actually get to show off your competence. It’ll impress your customers if you pull off providing your service even in the event of a disaster – it might be the only British instinct stronger than the urge to banter.

 

Peace of Mind

Running a small business already demands a lot of hat-wearing. Without the luxury of dedicated teams, employees at a smaller company often have no choice but to juggle multiple tasks.

The last thing you want to add to the daily concerns of running a business is the fear that it could all end at a moment’s notice. Yet a single fire or flood could wipe out everything you’ve built.

Hiring a workplace recovery service puts your business continuity in the hands of experts.

That frees you up to spend mental energy on your business instead. It also makes each investment in your business less of a gamble, as you’re less likely to lose everything overnight.

Small-business owners often undervalue peace of mind. Yet peace of mind is what stops work overtaking your life. With a business continuity plan in place, you’re free to focus on your core business without distraction.

 

Workplace Recovery is Serious Business

Running a small business doesn’t mean you have to think like one. You’re vulnerable to many of the same factors that can hit a larger business. Yet your position can rarely take the hit in the same way. Consider workplace recovery services if you plan to take your business seriously.

Looking for more disaster recovery information? Be sure to get in touch with our team.

Introducing: Workplace Recovery London

Workplace Recovery London

This month we soft-launched our new Workplace Recovery London brand.

WRL will provide direct focus to our fully-serviced disaster recovery suite, which offers organisations simple, subscription-based peace of mind through the instant availability of our work area recovery service.

Accessibility is the primary driver behind the WRL concept, giving SMEs access to high-quality workplace recovery services that were once the domain of only the very largest organisations.

The suite can cater for up to 40 users with complete turnkey availability, providing access to workstations, VOIP phones, printing and scanning, wifi and other on-site amenities.

Located inside our award-winning London Central data centre, the suite is in a prime location for quick and easy access from all corners of London, and ensures a healthy distance from the capital’s ‘at risk’ zones.

Disaster Recovery Suite

Being housed within a data centre has benefits that extend beyond direct access to the digital side of disaster recovery. It also provides a level of resilience not found in traditional office recovery centres. The Workplace Recovery London suite is backed by the facility generator systems, meaning it is immune from mains failures. The building is also serviced with super-resilient connectivity for always-on service availability.

Our DR suite makes fully-featured workplace recovery affordable for everyone, not only those with more demanding high-commit requirements. It also extends possibilities for smaller organisations to more comprehensively comply with ISO 22301 standards.

Prices start from just £20.00 per month per desk.

If you’d like to learn more about our DR suite, please visit the Workplace Recovery London website, or indeed our own website.

DADI partners with Netwise

This month we announced an exciting new partnership with DADI.

We are very proud to be DADI’s infrastructure partner, providing our full remit of mission-critical data centre services as their new blockchain-enabled decentralised cloud platform goes to market.

Our network will be powering the core backbone of the decentralised platform, with multi-site services providing an ultra-resilient framework for the new system.

Given the power usage associated with blockchain technology, DADI are also pleased to be working with an operator who take sustainability seriously. Our London Central data centre operates on 100% renewable energy.

“Netwise has been supporting the DADI network since the early days of prototyping and testing, so it is a logical evolution for them to formally lend their expertise as advisors during our next phase of development.”
Joseph Denne, founder and CEO of DADI

The collaboration will bring industry insight, consultation and support during the roll-out of the DADI network in 2018. It will also provide spare capacity for the network as it grows, ensuring performance at scale.

“We are very happy to be supporting DADI as they go to market with their innovative new decentralised cloud platform. As avid supporters of bleeding-edge technologies, we are very much looking forward to helping DADI develop this system by supporting their growing core infrastructure requirements.”
Matt Seaton, Senior Manager at Netwise Hosting

The DADI crowdsale took place this month (DADI token ICO), the results of which will be used to progress their projected roadmap, which is already ahead of schedule.

 

More information on DADI

For further information on DADI, please visit: https://dadi.cloud.

A look back at 2017

Time certainly flies, as we’re already bidding farewell to another successful year here at Netwise.

2017 has been a year of substantial investment here at our London Central data centre and headquarters. This is in keeping with our ongoing commitment to constant reinvestment, which we maintain for the improvement of our facilities and the experience of our customers.

Reception

Over the course of the past 12 months, we’ve invested enormously in our infrastructure, upholding our position as London’s leading independent data centre operator, a position we will sustain as we continue to meet growth forecasts here in the capital.

The key projects undertaken this year include:

  • Data Hall 1 Expansion – bringing Pod 3 online, and readying Pods 4 & 5
  • Switch to Renewable – all electricity now from renewable sources
  • Power Capacity – upgrade of transformers to double on-site capacity
  • Generator Supply – on-site diesel storage increased by 3,000 litres
  • V3 Network – deployment of new ASR9k routing fabric
  • IX and Carriers – turn up of LINX services, peering, and additional carriers
  • Looking Glass – deployment of new network testing interface
  • Perimeter Compound – full enclosure of facility with razor wire and turnstile
  • Additional Cooling – supplementary / supporting A/C system
  • ISO Accreditation – 9001 & 27001
  • Customer Amenities – the launch of our new Customer Lounge and DR Suite
  • Plus Additional Projects – countless smaller projects throughout the year

As you can see, we’ve been very busy.

This has all happened alongside our continued operation in the delivery of world-class data centre services to our ever-growing roster of enterprise clients, now spread across 13 countries.

We will enter 2018 with an additional 35% rack capacity in Data Hall 1, and a clear road map for both the continued deployment of the remaining capacity in Data Hall 1 and the development of Data Hall 2.

 

The switch to renewable energy

The largest single story of 2017 was undoubtedly our switch to renewable energy here at our London Central facility.

This holds a more prominent place in the story of our development this year, as not only was it a positive step forward for our organisation and our customers, but also for the sustainability of our planet.

By 2025, it is expected that 1/5th of the world’s power consumption will be drawn by data centres, with 100 billion connected devices anticipated globally. While that in itself is very positive for the future of this industry, it also highlights the responsibility we have in leading the push to renewable energy.

You can learn a little more about why this was such an important move for us here:

 

Looking ahead

There are already a number of highly interesting projects lined up for the year to come, including some pioneering new technologies that may well pave the way for the future of data centre services everywhere.

Despite our sizeable investments over the past 12 months, we’ve maintained our fantastic profitability ratio, which lays the groundwork for another impressive year in 2018.

Until then, we’d like to wish all of our stakeholders a very happy holiday season, and a fantastic New Year.