Redstone case study

Redstone is a leading provider of network based end-to-end managed services, technology and infrastructure solutions.

With over 400 employees and offices throughout the UK, Redstone has extensive experience in delivering shared network, data centre and end point services.  With unrivalled innovation and expertise in delivering IT solutions, Redstone is the trusted partner of choice for some of the most prestigious organisations across the UK.

 

The Challenge

Working to a strict set of requirements and on an aggressive timescale dictated by an imminent product launch, Redstone needed a highly customised data centre environment to support its innovative new cloud services portfolio.  Redstone was in search of a facility that could provide greater resilience as well as a secure home for its customers’ mission critical services.

Given the rate of expansion of its cloud offerings and the increasingly green regulatory climate organisations must now operate in, Redstone also specified the need for a high density, energy efficient environment (ideally 10kW per rack) with high resiliency (Tier III+), which would afford the company the ability to grow in line with its customer base.

Additionally, Redstone planned to use the new premises as a showcase facility for both existing and prospective customers.  By allowing customers to visit the new data centre suite, the company could demonstrate the very latest technologies in action, while also highlighting Redstone’s in-depth technical expertise.

 

The Solution

Following a competitive tendering process, Interoute (formerly Vtesse) was able to demonstrate that it could meet Redstone’s exacting requirements and the timescales in which the new facility had to be delivered.

Completed on-time and to budget, the customised nature of the facility delivers energy savings by matching plant capacity to user load, ensuring that variations in user demand can be easily accommodated, while modules can be added or removed as per customer demand.  Further energy savings will be realised by efficient free cooling techniques.   Redstone also benefitted from a dedicated 2N Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) – a higher specification than the standard N+1 set up deployed at many traditional data centres.

Built to meet the strict regulations set out by the Financial Services Authority, as well as comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS), Redstone’s new data centre suite also includes Redstone’s own biometric security system, which integrates with the company’s OneCard platform, and  allows authorised Redstone personnel single card access to any facility within the organisation.

Supported by the high density, redundant power environment offered by the Hertfordshire facility, Redstone’s customers not only benefit as they move into the cloud, but the company can use this impressive operations suite to demonstrate the effectiveness of its business first-hand.

With PUE target (Power Usage Effectiveness) of 1.5, Redstone will benefit from substantially lower electricity bills than at other legacy data centres and the environment will benefit from a significantly smaller carbon footprint.