Why Knowledge is Power

At Crown Hosting Data Centres we believe that knowledge is power. It’s the reason why we give all our public sector customers comprehensive infrastructure reporting on every aspect of their data centre operation. Delivered in a dashboard format, these monthly Management Information (MI) reports are packed with insights into the…

July 28, 2015 | Blog

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The E-Factor

Ahead of a new report on the UK market, I was having a conversation with an analyst group very recently. They seemed keen to know about our data centre capacity and locations. My response was factual as you might expect, but I also explained to them, that in the modern…

July 15, 2015 | Blog

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Now That’s Cool

As the UK finally starts to enjoy the summer with higher temperatures and higher humidity, how efficiently is your data centre being cooled? Ark that supply our data centres, has been deploying direct air cooled data centres for the last three years and it is interesting to see how they…

July 9, 2015 | Blog

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Crown Hosting Data Centres: The Equaliser

There’s been a lot of publicity about how the Crown Hosting Data Centres service represents a pendulum shift for government that’s set to generate up to £105 million of savings to the public purse. But it’s also a momentous step forward in another sense. Because now any public sector organisation,…

July 1, 2015 | Blog

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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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