Timico launches £5m data centre in the Midlands
Independent managed service provider Timico has today opened its new data centre in Newark-on-Trent.Ideally placed with excellent network connectivity, good transport links and a low potential for security risks, the £5m hosting centre is a state-of-the-art construction, that will enable Timico to offer advanced IaaS, PaaS and SaaS cloud based computing solutions for businesses across the UK.
The Newark data centre is built to surpass Tier 3 status standards, guaranteeing 99.982 per cent availability for site infrastructure. With 144 racks for customer equipment and Timico’s own virtual infrastructure, there will be more than 14,400TB of storage; enough to allocate 2.2MB to every person on the planet.
All equipment at the facility is brand new and powered by a dedicated power sub-station with dual generator backup. Cold aisle containment construction and free air cooling techniques, as well as Vesda fire detection and suppression systems are employed to provide peace of mind and increased efficiency. The dual 10Gbps Internet links are diversely routed and carrier agnostic, to guarantee availability and performance. State-of-the-art physical security protocols, such as biometric checks, I.D. tags and CCTV are used to ensure data is robustly protected.
Speaking at the launch event, Trefor Davies, CTO Timico, said, ‘UK businesses are moving to virtual computing environments and hosted applications at a pace. But they are rightly cautious of mass market cloud offerings, where their data could be held anywhere in the world. Businesses want the guarantees of private cloud services, hosted safely and securely in the UK.’
Timico will now offer dedicated servers provided by tech giant Dell, Virtual Private Server (VPS) solutions utilising Cisco and VMware technologies, and Storage Area Networks (SANs) powered by EMC.
The launch of the new centre is just stage one in Timico’s wider strategy to implement high quality cloud based computing solutions in the UK, with expansion and further investment planned in the near future.
Timico is an independent managed service provider, supplying business strength communications and hosting solutions. Since being founded in 2004, Timico has consistently been one of the fastest growing privately owned companies in the UK and European Tech sector (Sunday Times/Microsoft TechTrack100 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, Deloitte’s European 500, 2009, 2010).
The company offers a comprehensive range of managed Internet services, including fibre broadband, Ethernet, MPLS, hosting and VoIP solutions, but is also a fully licensed mobile service provider (O2 and Vodafone). Recent investments include the acquisition of one of the UK’s first ISPs – Powernet, in 2011 and Newbury based mobile applications developer HandHeld PCs in 2010.