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Mark Allen
Forest of Marston Vale

Blue Chip – helping create the Forest of Marston Vale

We commissioned our Tier 4 Design data centre ten years ago. With climate change a growing topic of concern and the construction phase about to begin, we had in mind a few ways that could make our data centre one of the most efficient in the UK. This is where our relationship with the Forest...
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cooling data centre

Data Centre resilience

I read with interest an article on a data centre in Australia that had to turn it’s servers off “as a precautionary measure” due to the heat and a failing of both its mains and back-up air-conditioning systems. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30695534 Blue Chip operate both a Tier 4 design primary data centre and a Tier 3 design data...
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National Lottery Anniversary Run

The end of a journey – the National Lottery Anniversary Run

On Sunday 21st July I was lucky enough to be one of 12,500 runners who participated in the National Lottery Anniversary Run. This was a 5 mile run around the Olympic Park in London, which finished inside the Olympic Stadium on the same track that the likes of Mo Farah, Jessica Ennis, Usain Bolt, Johnnie Peacock,...
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safecontractor

Blue Chip successfully retains its safecontractor accreditation for the 4th successive year

Blue Chip Customer Engineering has once again been awarded accreditation from safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety. Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors. safecontractor accreditation enhances the company’s ability to attract new contracts and its commitment...
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Paralmypics VIP chauffer

Blue Chip employee chauffeurs VIPs at Paralympics

Blue Chip Employee Mark Allen a volunteer helper for the Paralympic games has become a driver for the rich and famous as he works to deliver VIPs to the Games’ venues. Mark will be volunteering over the next couple of weeks as part of the  transport team based at the Excel Centre in London’s Docklands. ...
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running

Blue Chip employee goes the extra mile for charity

Blue Chip employee Mark Allen is going all out for charity this year. Mark is aiming to raise funds to support Help for Heroes and our wounded troops. Mark has already completed Hellrunner in February which was done in sub-zero temperatures & further events coming up this year are: April – The Wolf Run & Warrior...
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IT budget

How to cut 70 percent of your IT budget in one year

Working within an organisation that offers solutions to support a companies IT cloud infrastructure, I read with interest an article highlighting the benefits of moving to the cloud, not only from a cost basis but also from a productivity basis. There were a few key statements that I took from the article that shows how...
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cloud

Has the cloud changed business?

I saw a LinkedIn article that drew my interest, talking about whether the use of cloud technology has impacted on business costs. The article highlighted results about the motivations behind businesses move to cloud computing systems. I was quite surprised to read that whilst the majority of businesses surveyed saved money by moving to the...
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better IT

Better hospital IT ‘would save thousands of lives’

Better use of information technology in England’s hospitals could help prevent 16,000 deaths a year, a report says. University Hospitals Birmingham has recommended its system to the team investigating above-average death rates from 2005 to 2008 at Stafford Hospital. The trust says it saw a 17% fall in deaths amongst emergency patients over 12 months,...
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data centre

Putting all your eggs in one basket, where is your backup?

I read with interest an article regarding the loss of service for Blackberry users and the associated comments, it’s highlighted another risk area for businesses that rely on technology such as the Blackberry for staff working around the globe. Like the iPhone, it is a fantastic tool for allowing people access to emails where they cannot use...
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