The Risk Perspective

What’s our risk exposure? It’s a question every government or public sector organisation faces when it comes to making a major decision – like procuring big IT services. Risk assessment is an integral part of any strategy-execution process, and should be rationalised by a determination that the upside potential clearly…

June 24, 2015 | Blog

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Follow the Leader: We’re Showing the Way

Recently the editor of Computer Weekly, one of the biggest IT publications in the UK, made some interesting observations about how the future of government digital services will shape up. His musings make for attention-grabbing reading. Especially his observations on how a growing number of government ‘commodity style’ services are…

June 17, 2015 | Blog

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Connecting your Cloud

I believe that clients should be free to connect to their cloud provider of choice, rather than being limited by their choice of data centre provider or location. So, whilst we provide a highly secure and resilient environment from which to connect to the cloud, we won’t prescribe or recommend…

June 10, 2015 | Blog

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Risk versus Price

As consumers, price is often the most important factor when deciding where we shop. Whether you’re buying broadband services or the weekly grocery shop, paying the price you want is the name of the game. When it comes to work-based technology procurement it should be the same as at home….

June 2, 2015 | Blog

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Top 5 Uptime Tips

We believe that when it comes to uptime, designing and building a great data centre is just part of the story. The meticulous organisation and management of the data centre itself is also key to assuring maximum performance and 24 x 7 availability and responsiveness. According to the Uptime Institute…

May 22, 2015 | Blog

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Ark Data Centres First Wholesale Provider in the UK to receive Uptime Institute’s Management & Operations Stamp of Approval

Ark Data Centres (Ark) that designs, constructs and operates the UK’s most efficient data centres, has received Uptime Institute’s Management & Operations (M&O) Stamp of Approval for operational excellence, for both of its campuses in Hampshire and Wiltshire. Ark is the first wholesale data centre provider in the UK to receive…

May 14, 2015 | Latest News

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DataCentres North Hits Manchester 12th May

When DataCentres North opens in Manchester next month, I will be speaking on the benefits of Crown Hosting for public sector departments and agencies. Since the innovative joint venture between the Cabinet Office and Ark Data Centres was established back in March 2015, the data centre procurement framework has seen considerable…

May 8, 2015 | Blog

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The Benefits of Crown Hosting for Public Sector Departments/Agencies.

Peter McShane of Crown Hosting Data Centres will present on The Benefits of Crown Hosting for Public Sector Departments/Agencies   Data Centres North 11–12 May 2015  

April 24, 2015 | Previous Events

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Crown Hosting Data Centres – Who’s In?

The launch of the new Crown Hosting Data Centres framework agreement means all public sector bodies in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are now free to call on the data centre and connectivity services they need – eradicating any requirement for a full tender or competitive procurement process. This…

April 8, 2015 | Blog

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Launching Crown Hosting Data Centres

The Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) is responsible for equipping government with the right technology to deliver great digital services. Last week, Liam Maxwell published a blog about “Launching Crown Hosting Data Centres”. It reads, “Today I’m pleased to confirm that we have created a joint venture –…

March 31, 2015 | Blog

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