- Case Study
- Daisy Group Data Centre
Daisy Group is one of the largest independent providers of unified communications and technology services to the UK’s business community. The Group offering spans business connectivity, communications including voice and mobile, as well as IT infrastructure. Daisy serves more than 65,000 customers and works with more than 2,000 partners and resellers to deliver communications to private and public sector organisations.
Daisy’s original Manchester data centre was built in the late 1990s with most of the critical infrastructure reaching its technical end of life. The facility is housed within an ideal secure location within a decommissioned bank vault in the centre of Manchester.
As the business continues to rapidly grow, with several key acquisitions over recent years, a number of strategic drivers had been explored to develop a new facility.
The brief for a new data centre design contained 3 key challenges:
• Replacing the ageing infrastructure to meet current industry standards of design and efficiency.
• Limiting the capital outlay to meet business objectives.
• Maintaining up time of the data centre without impacting the service and operation to its customers.
Every critical stage of this data centre project had to be completed to a high standard. The staged delivery had to be phased in carefully and in a dynamic working environment with any integration challenges being promptly resolved before the final stage of commissioning.
This was extremely important to the client as all the works were being completed whilst maintaining a live data centre operation.
The success on this project was not just down to the management of risk during the key installation stages but also due in part to the technical collaboration between the Daisy and Sudlows teams to deliver this outstanding data centre facility.