industry news MPower UPS Awarded ISO 9001 Certification MPower UPS, has been awarded ISO 9001 2015 Certification. Sharon Brooks, operations director at MPower said, ‘ISO 9001 is the international standard developed to specify internal quality management systems. We have held the ISO 9001 2008 certification for several years and this covers various operating processes.’ ‘The ISO9001 2015 however, focuses more on threat identification, risk mitigation and future planning with a particular focus on customer service, as well as managing the needs and expectations of both employees, customers and suppliers.’ ‘The process to gain certification is detailed and it took several months to develop and produce the required documentation,’ continued Sharon. ‘We are delighted to have been awarded the ISO 9001 2015 certification as it underlines our continued commitment to providing the best possible service to our valued client base. By providing documented evidence that all our management systems are in place and are consistently fit for purpose, we anticipate the certification will help us attract new c ustomers and expand further within the UPS marketplace.’ MPower’s additional certifications include: Achilles UVDB Verify for work with the Utilities Sector; Safe Contractor status; CIPS Sustainability Index and Carbon Trust accreditation. For further information visit: www.mpowerups.co.uk ISG wins £7.6 million Wellcome Trust data centre scheme ISG has secured an £7.6 million data centre project with global charitable foundation, the Wellcome Trust at its Genome Campus in Hinxton, Cambridgeshire. The Trust carries out cutting edge research into human and animal health, and this scheme provides additional computing power and enhanced network resilience at Wellcome’s world renowned campus. ISG will build out the final quadrant of the existing on-site data centre, delivering a new 1.2MW high density rack facility, with associated mechanical and electrical infrastructure. As the Trust’s demand for increasing computing power rises, this additional capacity is vital to assist research and development (R&D) operations. The second element of the project provides greater power supply resilience to the Trust’s core infrastructure. ISG will install a series of diesel rotary uninterruptible power supply units (DRUPS) to provide secure and stable power to the data centre, as well as installing new high voltage (HV) infrastructure across the campus. Danny Blakeston, managing director of ISG’s Engineering Services business, commented, ‘The demand for additional compute power and storage capacity, combined with the certainty of mechanical and electrical systems resilience are key drivers for Wellcome Trust, and our first project at the Genome Campus will help address these core requirements.’ For further information visit: www.isgplc.com 10 | September 2017 IN BRIEF Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has been positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of the July 2017 Magic Quadrant for Solid-State Arrays by Gartner. Hitachi believes its significant growth and enhancements to its all-flash Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) F Series product line resulted in the company improving its position, moving it from the Challengers Quadrant to the Leaders Quadrant. Digital Realty has been ranked the highest in the data centre industry for sustainability and energy efficiency. This is according to the latest EPA National Top 100 list of green power users, placing Digital Realty sixth on the tech & telecom list, the highest in the data centre industry. In fact, Digital Realty is using nearly 720 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, representing 25% of its total power needs. BP has announced that it has selected Microsoft Azure as part of its global cloud computing strategy. The agreement will see BP move advanced workloads to Azure out of existing corporate data centres as part of the company’s modernisation and transformation agenda – an agenda which is designed to deliver a sustainable step change in the company’s long term performance. Park Place Technologies has announced that it has completed the largest acquisition in the company’s history, acquiring NCE Group (NCE), a global provider of third-party data centre maintenance and repair. While the terms of the transaction were not disclosed, this acquisition substantially increases Park Place’s global client portfolio and European presence. The companies plan to immediately begin integrating operations, channel partners, customers and employees, adding more than 280 individuals to Park Place Technologies’ current staff.