Argyll and Bute Council has been recognised as sector-leading in its value-for-money approach to storing electronic data.
As part of a strategy carried out by Digital Scotland to try and reduce IT costs across the Scottish public sector, a tool was launched to work out the total cost of data centres and compare this to the cost of operating in the Cloud or moving to a large commercial data centre.
At a national seminar for best practice, Argyll and Bute Council’s two data centres, in Kilmory and Helensburgh, were showcased as top class.
The Helensburgh data centre has recently been refurbished and has one of the lowest possible power utilisation efficiency (PUE) ratings of 1.24. This is achieved through good layout with in row cooling which allows it to operate at a higher temperature of 22 degrees. Both data centres cost much less to run than alternatives in the cloud – mainly because all servers have been virtualised.
The Council’s Policy Lead for IT, Council Leader Councillor Dick Walsh said: “This is extremely welcome news. Reducing levels of energy consumption is something that we take seriously in Argyll and Bute and to know that our IT department are leading the way in cost efficiency is very encouraging. Not only does lower energy consumption result in lower energy bills but it also helps to reduce our carbon footprint.
“Council tax payers will be very pleased to learn that they are getting excellent value for money from the council’s IT service and that this has now been validated independently. I’d like to congratulate the whole team on their efforts."