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Mark Plant, CEO at 8 Solutions

Tens of thousands of pounds could be saved on technical cleaning if data centre owners changed the way specialist cleaning and decontamination was commissioned according to Mark Plant, CEO at 8 Solutions, a data centre healthcare company specialising in the deep cleaning and decontamination of critical environments.

Currently, there are many companies involved in the long process of building a data centre, from construction through to the critical facility being fully operational. This typically involves various contractors and sub-contractors who in turn will contract out technical cleaning at various points in the process. Mark, however, believes that between 20-30% of technical cleaning costs could be saved if data centre owners used 8 Solutions new Life Cycle Contamination Management service.

He explains, “When a new data centre is built a typical specialised cleaning programme might involve one post construction clean, up to four deep clinical cleans, one surface clean, one final clean and then on-going maintenance cleaning. This process is a long journey and often involves various sub-contractors working with at least one or two specialist cleaning companies with incremental mark ups as standard within this type of multi-level structure.”

With continual pressures on companies to cut costs and look at greater efficiencies, Mark advises contactors that a move to 8 Solutions’ Life Cycle Contamination Management will slash costs, with savings typically running into tens of thousands of pounds. He explains, “Using a single specialised cleaning partner who is involved from the outset, from the design and planning stage and then throughout the various stages of construction, cabinet installation, cabling fit out, and equipment installation, through to client handover and the data centre being operational, is far more cost-effective. There are also significant time efficiency savings.”

8 Solutions believes there are eight key benefits for the owners of data centres of using its Life Cycle Contamination Management service, these include:

• Cleaning provided ‘as required’, not as contracted, thus saving thousands of pounds
• Agreed cleaning schedule during construction process
• Single point of contact and responsibility for all technical cleaning
• Reduction in cost – pre and post handover
• Detailed knowledge of the site from using the same provider
• Guidance and input to contractors as to best practice
• On-going contamination management
• Responsibility for the state of the facility at handover stage lies with one provider, namely 8 Solutions.

8 Solutions is the UK's leading data centre healthcare company specialising in the deep cleaning and decontamination of critical environments. It services the majority of the FTSE 100 companies, either directly or through facility management organisations and has completed over 90,000 projects.

To find out further details about 8 Solutions new Life Cycle Contamination Management please contact 0845 602 3075 or visit for further information.


Editor’s Notes

8 Solutions

8 Solutions has grown rapidly to become the leading data centre healthcare provider in the UK and throughout the EMEA region. With a track record of over 90,000 completed projects and a client base that encompasses the majority of the FTSE 100 either directly or through the major facilities management organisations, 8 Solutions enjoys a position of dominance in the data centre healthcare market.
With technicians who are security cleared and trained in both critical environments and the specialist cleaning tools and techniques required to maintain the optimum performance of data centres, 8 Solutions is the perfect partner for reliability and peace of mind.
The company’s highly experienced technicians enables it to provide an exceptional level of service with zero downtime and minimal operational disruption to the client, 8 Solutions operates 24/7/365 and provides scheduled and event based cleaning and decontamination and also an emergency response service in the event of fires, fire suppression discharges and accidents. The company is ISO9001 and ISO14001 accredited and a member of the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM).

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