Colt leads with 2nd Management & Operations (M&O) Stamp of Approval from the Uptime Institute for data centre facility


London, UK, 17th September 2012

Colt, Europe’s information delivery platform, has been awarded the Uptime Institute’s Management & Operations (M&O) Stamp of Approval for its London 2 data centre facility. Colt now operates 2 UK facilities that have achieved this award and remains the only data centre provider in the UK with this Stamp of Approval. Colt expects to have more of its data centres around Europe obtain this award in the coming months, moving ahead of the competition with additional verification of Colt’s operational excellence.

“Uptime Institute databases reveal that 70% of unplanned data centre outages are caused by operator error”, said Peter Crook, Sr. Director of Product Development at Uptime Institute Professional Services, “numerous other studies have reinforced that human error is the main risk to data centre downtime. Only through a rigorous operations and management program can that risk be mitigated.”

Following an intensive audit that scrutinised how the facility is managed and operated, the site achieved the M&O Stamp of Approval providing independent validation of the site’s operational excellence. This second award shows commitment to ensuring excellent standards are an integral part of every Colt data centre facility. The audit for the award took into consideration everything from the processes for servicing equipment and investment in training through to the effectiveness of communications to staff and subcontractors.

Phillip Collerton, the new Managing Director at Uptime Institute EMEA, said “The requirements for achieving the M&O stamp of approval are very rigorous, reflecting the critical importance of how data centres are managed and operated. Colt has embraced Uptime Institute’s Management and Operations program and obtained the M&O award for a second site, which is a remarkable achievement in itself and just reinforces the company’s overall commitment to operational excellence across its portfolio of data centres.”

Ian Dixon, VP of Operations at Colt said, “This award is another milestone for Colt and reflects our track record of market-leading operational performance as well as supporting our continued investment in people and processes. We look forward to working with the Uptime Institute to build on our two M&O awards over the coming months.”

Commissioned in 2001, the site is located 10km (6 miles) from the centre of London and is one of Colt’s largest heritage sites, potentially providing over 5,000m2 of data centre space with a total power provision of 15 MVA.

Earlier this year Colt became the first data centre operator in Europe to be awarded the M&O Stamp of Approval for its flagship London 3 site located 40km (25 miles) from the centre of London. The two awards confirm that the facilities satisfy industry-recognised criteria deemed essential to achieve full uptime potential, obtain maximum leverage of the installed infrastructure and design, improve the efficiency of operations and realise opportunities for energy efficiency.

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About Colt Modular Data Centres

  • Deliver highly flexible, fully operational data centre halls to customers in less than four months
  • Data halls are available in 125m2, 250m2 and 375m2 or multiple combinations of each model in addition to the 500m2 standard size
  • The data centres are fully flexible and can be built to a range of customer defined criteria
  • Can be delivered to either a Colt or customer-owned site
  • Innovative award winning design

To read more information about Colt Data Centre Services visit www.colt.net/dcs and watch our videos on www.youtube.com/ColtTechnology.

About Colt

Colt is the information delivery platform for Europe, enabling its customers to deliver, share, process and store their vital business information. An established leader in delivering integrated computing and network services to major organisations, midsized businesses and wholesale customers, Colt operates a 22-country, 43,000km network that includes metropolitan area networks in 39 major European cities with direct fibre connections into 18,000 buildings and 20 Colt data centres (one in development).

In 2010, the Colt Data Centre Services business was launched to deliver innovative high quality modular data centres which are rapid to deploy and power efficient.

Colt is listed on the London Stock Exchange (COLT). Information about Colt and its services can be found at www.colt.net.

About Uptime Institute

Uptime Institute, The Global Data Center Authority, is an unbiased, third-party data center research, education and consulting organization focused on improving data center performance and efficiency in data center design, management, and operations. The Institute serves all stakeholders of the data center industry, including enterprise and third-party operators, manufacturers, providers and engineers. Uptime Institute Professional Services is the data center management and engineering consulting arm of Uptime Institute. It delivers due diligence assessments and Certifications of site infrastructure and site management in accordance with the Tier and Operational Sustainability Standards. Serving clients worldwide, Uptime Institute Professional Services is delivering consulting, Certifications and Accreditations in over 50 countries. For additional information, see http://uptimeinstitute.com. Uptime Institute has key offices in UK, Dubai, Singapore, Sao Paulo, New York, Denver, and Seattle.

Uptime Institute is part of The 451 Group, a leading technology-industry analyst and data company
focused on the business of enterprise IT innovation. The company provides critical and timely insight into the market and competitive dynamics of innovation in emerging technology segments. Clients of the company – at vendor, investor, service-provider and end-user organizations – rely on The 451 Group’s insight to support both strategic and tactical decision-making. The 451 Group is headquartered in New York, with offices in key locations, including New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, London, and Boston.

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