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Update on the Argent Court Data Centre power-down in December

We plan to power down the Argent Court Data Centre on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 December 2016 to carry out our 5-yearly electrical tests. A number of our IT services will be unavailable on those two dates, and will remain “at risk” for the rest of the week.

Services that won’t be affected

We can confirm that the following services will be unaffected:

  • Access to the University Network including all wifi services
  • Access to ITS Managed desktops including workareas
  • Access to Sitebuilder and the Internet
  • University email and Office 365
  • Departmental and personal (Shared and H: drive) file storage
  • Network Printing

We’re working to ensure the vast majority of our services will be available. We’ll contact those who use any services that are going to be affected in good time.

Give your feedback

If this is likely to pose significant problems for your department (for example, if your department is running a major event on one of those days), please take the time to let us know now so that we can take your comments into consideration.

Why do we have to carry out this work?

Our main IT data centre in Argent Court has been in operation now for five years. Argent Court provides modern, world class facilities for the IT infrastructure which underpins the operation of our University. As part of our obligations under the Electricity at Work regulations - BS 7671 "Requirements for Electrical Installations. IET Wiring Regulations", we’re legally required to perform an electrical test of all hardware in the Data Centre every 5 years. To do this, we will have to briefly shut down all the servers, networking hardware and other equipment in the data centre.