UK Datacentre Services (iaas)
Our Datacentre rack space is in Equinix Manchester.
We have rack space available suitable for all types of businesses. For smaller requirements see our co-location page
Please contact us for a quotation for your exact requirements
Our dual fail over BGP routing is available through Avensys and Cogent directly onto the UK backbone. IP addresses are provided as per ripe regulations.
The local electrical utility company provides a high capacity HV ring from
their primary substation. Being a ring the data centre is protected against
cable damage from road works and the like. Onsite at the data centres main
facilities there are several independent n+1 UPS Systems and multiple diesel
generators within onsite energy centres.
Within the facilities, each hall benefits from an independent power supply,
backed by UPS and generator so in case of any outage or surge all systems are
protected and will continue to receive power. In addition, the data centre's
PDUs and aircon systems benefit from additional switchgear, so individual racks
remain cool during outages.
If the power goes down totally, the data centre's UPS systems take over,
providing uninterrupted power whilst our generators kick in. Once activated, the
generators have a weeks' worth of fuel on-site, giving ample options for backups
and peace of mind that continuous power can be provided and the generators
At the building level, bollards prevent external access by ram raiders. The
data centre is manned with site security 24*7*365. CCTV starts at the car park
and extends right the way through to our racks. CCTV records for a full 30 days.
Motion detection systems throughout the building and intruder alarms on all the
lifts, with a specifically and individually secured goods lift. The data centre
requires the use of a photo proximity card for entry.
Our servers are kept at between 18 degrees and 22 degrees - well within
the recommended guidelines for IT equipment established by the well respected
24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, the data centre has
optimal air conditioning using intelligent, localised cooling methodologies. Our
under-floor systems distribute and manage cooling and by strategic placement of
racks and cooling units we reduce the impact of temperature hotspots.
Our racks always face one another, face to face, back to back. This
alternating arrangement of warm and cold corridors helps keep the temperature
down by ensuring that the warm back of a system is never venting hot air towards
the cold front of another server. Air drawn in from cold air vents in the floor
in front of systems exits through the warmer rear corridor, and it's then drawn
back into our air conditioning system for cooling.
For businesses that are reliant on massive amounts of
electronics, fire prevention is top of the safety agenda. Our data centre has
the safest, most fire-resistant environment possible.
The data centre utilise Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus (VESDA)
equipment. VESDA systems constantly analyse air composition by passing particles
in front of a laser, and triggering warning systems if particles of combustion
Smoke detectors are positioned throughout the data centre and in floor and
roof spaces. These work on a 'double knock' system, looking out for smoke in two
zones simultaneously before triggering an alarm. In this case, FM200 and
Argonite gas are used to suppress any potential fires before they take hold.
Both gases are harmless to our systems.
All fires are extinguished within 10 seconds, minimising toxins and the
presence of soot.