We fully own our highly secure UK data centres, where sustainability and the aim to be a carbon-neutral organisation are top priorities. The result is an impressive Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.1, thanks to our own patented eco-cooling system, delivering ideal temperatures from adiabatic cooling, floor voids, cold aisle containment and warm air recycling.
There are many reasons why our world-class facilities are chosen for management and co-location by a wide variety of industries. One of those reasons being that we own and operate one of the few tier IV by design data centres in the UK.
You have the highest levels of uptime and availability when your infrastructure is housed in our Tier IV by design data centre. With the best international accreditations and certifications, this is a truly resilient home for your data. Hundreds of enterprises and organisations are hosted here, from banking and financial institutions to retail and pharmaceutical industries.
Our Tier III data centre brings in further resilience, this secondary IT facility performs backup operations such as Disaster Recovery (DR) and is typically a host to test environments.
Security is of the utmost importance at both our sites, which are manned 24 hours a day by Blue Chip staff. There are also eight concentric layers of physical security, including measures such as palletised fencing, dual-factor authentication, proximity cards and biometrics. CCTV surveillance is constantly in operation, along with unauthorised access alarms to deter intruders. There are also full audit trails of every individual’s movements within the data centres.
Our facilities meet the world’s highest security standards required, meaning we ISO 27001, ISO 14001, ISO 9001, ISO 22301 and SOC2 accreditations. We’ve attained PCI DSS Level 1, the highest class of compliance for handling millions of credit card transactions. Our unrivalled Tier IV by design data centre covers all 12 PCI requirements.
You deserve uptime and high availability. Blue Chip has made huge investments to ensure your IT infrastructure is extremely resilient.
Our facilities have multiple external power feeds, which have independent substations. Our Tier IV by design data centre follows the standard of 2 x (N+1), and our Tier III data centre adheres to the N+1 standard. This design applies to our UPS, generator, fuel tanks and cooling.
We have stringent testing regimes for all our equipment and proactively carry out full load tests every three months. Both sites, if required, could run on generators indefinitely, and we contract with multiple fuel suppliers to ensure we have a diverse supply chain to avoid any contamination risks.
Both of our data centres have diverse feed routes for all Tier 1 carriers, which are routed back to separate exchanges. This ensures rapid network performance, so your IT infrastructure is highly responsive and quickly reacts with internet-based resources, such as cloud services.
We’ll take full responsibility for monitoring your equipment using our unique Itheon software, conducting regular maintenance on your behalf.
Our PUE rating of 1.1 means that we’re ranked among some of the most sustainable facilities in Europe. We’re also ISO 4001 certified, meeting the internationally agreed standard for our Environmental Management System (EMS).
We’re also striving to run as a carbon-neutral organisation by partnering with the Forest of Marston Vale on their tree planting program.
If you’re hosting at a tier III data centre, what need would you have for moving over to tier IV? Eddy Conway, Head of Infrastructure, explains the significant differences that shows why our tier IV design data centre delivers an impressive advantage.