The DatacenterDynamics EMEA Awards: Outstanding contribution winner

Plus young mission critical engineer and most extreme deployment

14 December 2012 by Ambrose McNevin - DatacenterDynamics

The DatacenterDynamics EMEA Awards: Outstanding contribution winner
Harkeeret Singh, director of energy and sustainable IT at Thomson Reuters celebrates his award for outstanding contribution to the industry

The DatacenterDynamics EMEA Awards: 

Outstanding contribution to the industry

Winner: Harkeeret Singh, Director of Energy & Sustainable IT at Thomson Reuters

Harkeeret Singh has established himself as a lead evangelist of all things energy efficient. In his role, he has introduced a number of new technology models now used in mainstream adoption.

More recently, Singh has started a new initiative called Talent for Technology which looks to nurture new technology in the industry in an effort to overcome the skills gap using programs specific to data centers.


Other Awards presented include: 

11. Most extreme data center deployment – sponsored by Virtus

Winner: Cannon Technologies – Cannon T4 Modular Data Centre

Cannon designed its T4 Modular Data Centre for Johannesburg, South Africa, where it was required for a Tier III-resilient facility (upgradable to Tier IV). It also had to be seismic resistant.

Following project sign-off, the modular data center was shipped in four weeks, and then erected in two weeks. This included the building itself, the raised floor, Uninterruptible Power Supplies, In-row cooling, power distribution, lighting, fire suppression, aisle cocooning and Cannon DCM software – its data center management platform.

12. Young mission-critical engineer of the year – sponsored by Global Insulation

Winner: Ehsaan Farsimadan, Romonet

Ehsaan Farsimadan worked as an M&E consultant with critical systems at Cundall where he developed data center designs from concept to completion before joining Romonet as Principal Mission Critical Engineer. During his time at Cundall he also founded the Data Center modelling team, specializing in computational fluid dynamics and chilled water systems modelling.

He obtained his doctorate (PhD) in Mechanical Engineering in 2008.

Ehsaan now provides consulting and modelling engagements around the world for Romonet and has led a number of projects working some of the world’s biggest data center Operators. He has also made a significant number of contributions to the field of turbulence research and the data center industry by publishing a number of journal papers. He has was recently awarded Chartered Engineer status by the IMechE.

13. Data center special assignment team of the year – sponsored by CBRE

Winner: UKFast – Migration Team

The team behind this dedicated hosting and cloud provider worked on a custom-built data center that followed the company’s CEO’s directive to eliminate third-party elements with all infrastructure that was developed in-house. This was quite a shift for the team – it had previously outsourced its data center operations.

The MaNOC 4 required a range of technical expertise – more than 10,000 servers belonging to more than 4,000 clients were being transferred to the new data center, which currently has 220 racks, 30 miles of cable.

Strong team management ensured the success of this project – engineers had to be placed in areas that made the most of their ability. A contingency plan was also vital, as the team had only eight months to carry out its migration, all without losing service or downtime. Furthermore, the clients had to be happy
the migration was being done in a timely and safe mannner.

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