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projects & agreements Keysource has been appointed by the University of Leicester on a three year extendable contract to provide critical data centre facilities management (FM) services. It builds on a seven year relationship which started in 2009 when Keysource designed and built the university’s’ award winning data centre which it then expanded in 2011, almost doubling it in size. Under the terms of the new deal Keysource will provide a seamless, responsive and proactive management of the maintenance services for the data centres in line with the university’s’ own strategic plan. This will include providing specialist auditing and monitoring of energy efficiency levels so that the university can both reduce operational costs and meet carbon footprint targets. The service will be based on a clear framework focusing on data centre best practice, leveraging the ITIL methodology and Keysource’s new CAFM system.  Additional support w ill be provided during August and September when the university is at its busiest with student applications. During this time Keysource will undertake critical window pre-health checks on the infrastructure to ensure the data centres are working at optimum standards, whilst critical facilities engineers will be stationed within close proximity to the university. NCG cuts required storage capacity, back up window and licence fees with Arcserve UDP Arcserve LLC has announced that its Unified Data Protection (UDP) software, coupled with deduplication and compression features, has enabled NCG, one the UK’s largest education providers, to reduce the required back up storage capacity from 172Tb to just 30Tb, and its back up window by 80 per cent. As a result the group has cut the cost of protecting 172Tb of data created and used by more than 133,000 students by 50 per cent, and reallocated 50 per cent of the staff originally dedicated to data protection to other projects. The NCG IT team selected Arcserve UDP based on its ability to lower the amount of data to be protected thanks to data reduction technologies, which in turn cut the cost of licensing fees and freed up staff time. Arcserve UDP also had a significant impact on the back up process, in part due to the two pronged drop in the volumes of data being backed up daily: firstly, thanks to deduplication and compression and, secondly, thanks to its ability to carry out incremental back ups. Now the process only takes a few minutes for a small 40Gb server, and approximately one hour for a file server holding user data. NCG is now planning to extend Arcserve UDP to more servers and for off site back up. Image courtesy of the University of Leicester. LEICESTER UNIVERSITY APPOINTS KEYSOURCE FOR CRITICAL FM  NHN Techorus Corp. Deploys Infinera Cloud Xpress for Data Center Interconnect Infinera has announced that NHN Techorus Corp. (Techorus) has deployed the Infinera Cloud Xpress to interconnect its Tokyo data centres. The Cloud Xpress allows Techorus to scale capacity to serve its data centre customers with hyper-scale density, operational simplicity and low power consumption. Techorus is a data centre provider of IT infrastructure and managed services, e-commerce services, and security solution services mainly to the Tokyo and Osaka areas in Japan, with additional sites in southern Japan and South Korea. Working with Infinera’s partner, Nissho Electronics, Techorus selected the Infinera Cloud Xpress to serve the growing need for high capacity interconnectivity among Techorus locations, helping its customers to grow efficiently and connect to the metro Tokyo ecosystem of customers, partners and service providers. With the Cloud Xpress, Techorus leverages Infinera’s unique photonic integrated circuit technology to support up to one terabit per second (Tb/s) of input and output capacity in just two rack units. 43