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Sky Picks Keysource & Schneider Electric to Manage the UK Data Centers Infrastructure

Sky Picks Keysource and Schneider Electric to Manage the UK Data Centers Infrastructure

IT plays a vital role in the television viewing experience for Sky's 21 million European customers. In order to optimise its six data centers and reduce the carbon footprint of IT operations, the leading entertainment company has implemented Schneider Electric StruxureWare for Data Centers DCIM software to replace legacy applications. The new software will help increase efficiency across Skys data center domain as well as identify candidate servers for consolidation.

Operating data centres throughout the UK, technology is at the heart of ensuring Sky can meet the demands of its business and customers both now and in the future. Skys IT estate includes over 1000 server racks located in a combination of Sky owned and operated facilities along with some co-located facilities. The range of challenges the operations team faces include: delivering service availability with the highest levels of performance, improving resource and operational efficiency and lowering costs.

Riccardo Degli Effetti, Head of Data Centre Operations at Sky said, DC Operations is the foundation of IT at Sky and it needs to enable our business to grow. Uptime is the primary goal and responsibility of the operations team, but maximising capacity and efficiency while minimising our carbon footprint is high on the agenda too: As a company, Sky has set bold environment targets to reach by 2020.

With the existing asset management solution approaching end of life, Riccardo and his data centre operations team sought a new solution which would help Sky understand how its servers could be better utilised, whether idle equipment could be safely turned off, and what impact that could have on available capacity throughout the data centre estate, as well as the energy consumption of the system.

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