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 New Manchester data centre
Posted By: On: 08 Mar 2010 02:47 PM
Details Enhanced hosting infrastructure added


ISP Internet Central has moved their virtual hosting platform to a new high-powered data centre in Manchester, providing customers with the power to adopt the latest high speed technology.

Their new facility in Manchester will provide a streamlined, cost-effective data centre offering the company’s growing number of business customers increased resilience, additional transit, reduced network complexity and has been built on the latest gigabit technology to provide substantial growth opportunities in the future.

Internet Central’s customers rely on delivery of a securely hosted IT infrastructure with maximum uptime and high standards of service at a competitive price. The company does this by maintaining service levels, lowering costs and continually developing their service offering. The new facilities offered by the Data Centre are an extension of this as the company recognises that businesses today need high-power, high specification data centre facilities for the newest applications and storage. The move to Manchester was developed in response to strong, ongoing demand by the company’s clients for more resilience, more diversity, more protection and faster speeds for internet and intranet access.

Internet Central operates an N+1 uptime policy, which requires redundant and resilient power protection. The Manchester Data Centre has high security and is closely monitored by Internet Central around the clock by automated management systems, CCTV and on site security guards. The centre features N+1 redundancy with 2 x 2MVA diesel generators with 8 days of on-site fuel storage in case of power failure. Dave Thorpe, Operations Director at Internet Central comments: “We recognised the need to enhance our existing infrastructure in order to further improve the customer experience and our competitive edge. The move to the new data centre will increase our capability tenfold. We chose Manchester over London for many reasons. For many, London seems like the obvious choice when looking for a new data centre. However, for a number of reasons, it may not be the best choice. Businesses storing mission critical data and confidential information need to be able to access this data following any eventualities. Manchester’s geographical location makes it more accessible for businesses located North of the West Midlands.

Data centre space in London is also at a premium due to the lack of space available to build new sites. There is also a high possibility of ‘electricity supply issues’ in London, which may occur when there is a drop in the voltage being supplied by the electricity grid, caused by electricity demand exceeding the available supply. The drain on London’s energy supply will only get more severe in the future, especially with events such as the 2012 Olympic Games taking place.

By choosing a data centre that is located outside of London, our customers can get more for less; improved security, better reliability and a faster data connection, all for a lower price than that offered by London data centres.”

In undertaking the move to the new data centre Internet Central has also completely replaced their infrastructure with the latest switches, the latest routers and added additional servers and storage to their virtual hosting capacity.

The new data centre will also act as our primary connectivity point for our new National Ethernet connectivity services based on BT’s 21CN platform with direct connections to our broadband network, 3 international tier 1 transit providers, direct peering with all major UK operators and content providers such as the BBC and Microsoft.

For further information on the new facilities offered by Internet Central visit

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