University of Reading

With the assistance of PTS Consulting, the University of Reading has assessed the feasibility of creating a new Data Centre to meet technological and business changes.

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Location


Reading, UK

Overview


IT Services at the University of Reading provides and operates the ICT infrastructure which supports and upholds its internationally renowned reputation for teaching and research. The University, therefore, needs a Data Centre environment that is reliable, flexible and efficient. With the University’s ambitious plans for continued growth and a number of changes and additions to the University’s faculty organisation, the IT services delivered to the University have also changed. As it grows, the University must ensure continuing reliability and cost-effective operation of the ‘corporate’ and student services and thus decided to conduct a review in order to inform its future Data Centre development strategy.

Highlights


  • Detailed Data Centre feasibility study to allow the University to take an informed decision on the implementation of a new and efficient Data Centre within an identified conservation area.
  • Best practice advice and budget against a green and sustainable agenda that will deliver a Data Centre that will meet the University’s growth objectives over the next 15 years.
  • Collaboration with the University’s Facilities Management Directorate and professional team members to ensure the Data Centre recommendations will fit with the overall campus development scheme.

“Having worked with PTS Consulting over a number of years, we were pleased to select PTS again to offer best practice advice on the feasibility and environmental impact of a future Data Centre facility at the University of Reading. The PTS Consultants settled into our team straight away, which made working with them very straightforward. With such an in‐depth knowledge of the higher education sector, PTS has quickly been able to help us establish how to maximise return on investment from technology as part of our overall campus development.”- Hilary Vines, Assistant Director of IT Services at the University of Reading

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Summary


PTS Consulting’s knowledge and experience provided the foundations for the feasibility study of a new, efficient and effective Data Centre with a life span of 15 years. With an understanding of construction processes and relationships; IT infrastructure design and delivery; Data Centre operations; current Data Centre design options; and, environmental/cost drivers, PTS was able to provide leadership to the design team through the overall understanding of Data Centre issues. This has allowed the University IT Services team to present future options for a feasible Data Centre to the University’s senior decision-makers.

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