University of London Computer Centre (ULCC) and Custodian DC announce partnership

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New agreement allows ULCC to run a second site from which to provide its data centre services to UK education institutions and enhances its disaster recovery and High Performance Computing (HPC) capabilities.

City University is very pleased to be the first customer to benefit from the ULCC/Custodian DC partnership, allowing us to continue to work with ULCC and take advantage of its professional Data Centre services.

The University of London Computer Centre (ULCC), the leading IT service provider to the UK education sector, and Custodian DC, winner of the 'Green Data Centre' at the Data Centre Leaders Awards, today announced a new strategic partnership.

As part of the agreement, ULCC will be utilising Custodian DC's state-of-the-art facilities as a second site from which to provide its existing data centre services and has negotiated competitive rates on behalf of its 300+ UK education customers and the wider education community. The new site will also further enhance ULCC’s disaster recovery and High Performance Computing (HPC) capabilities. In addition, a 1Gb Janet link is currently being installed at Custodian's Maidstone site to provide high quality and affordable connectivity for ULCC’s academic customer base.

"Finding a Data Centre capable of hosting High Performance Computing (HPC), at a competitive price, is a challenge for many Academic Institutions. We believe the partnership between ULCC & Custodian DC will allow for the implementation of HPC projects to be a smooth and painless process. Securing our first HPC contract with City University within days of signing the partnership agreement with Custodian shows that we are addressing a need within the UK education sector," said Steve Knibbs, Head of Infrastructure Services at ULCC.

Rowland Kinch, Custodian's CEO said, "We are delighted to be in partnership with ULCC, they have been very easy to work with. It is excellent to see them bringing in clients such as City University, who can make the most of the power & cooling capabilities of our Maidstone facility with their HPC requirements."

Andrew Lack, Infrastructure Services Manager, City University London said, "City University is very pleased to be the first customer to benefit from the ULCC/Custodian DC partnership, allowing us to continue to work with ULCC and take advantage of its professional Data Centre services. City needed a location for an HPC rack and our own efforts to find a location in London proved unaffordable. The Custodian DC site however offers us an excellent facility with good transport connections and competitive pricing."

ULCC and Custodian DC will be exhibiting and presenting at the 24th Daresbury Machine Evaluation Workshop (MEW24) in Liverpool on the 27-28th November 2013, the leading national event dedicated to high performance scientific computing.

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About ULCC
Established in 1968, University of London Computer Centre (ULCC) has evolved into a highly respected and innovative IT service provider within the academic and not-for-profit sector. ULCC’s staff of 80+ IT experts, learning technologists and digital preservation specialists provide services to over 300 institutions within the UK education and not-for-profit sector. ULCC now supports Moodle for over 2.4 million registered users across 150 Further and Higher Education institutions in the UK, including Manchester Metropolitan University, King’s College and the University of London International Academy.

About Custodian DC
Custodian Data Centre are based at Maidstone Television Studios in Kent. Their flagship facility uses a combination of Fresh Air & Adiabatic (with DX back up) Cooling to operate up to five times more efficiently than traditional facilities. Standard racks are capable of 15kW, with further power available on a bespoke basis. The facility has a 100% uptime record across its entire infrastructure.

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