Zen Internet invests £4m in new data centre
Internet service provider Zen Internet has announced it is investing £4m in a new purpose built data centre at its north west headquarters.
‘As the cloud computing trend continues to gather momentum and businesses are increasingly reliant on IT systems to function, it has never been more important to ensure that a company’s mission critical applications are hosted in a dedicated, energy efficient data centre. This provides a secure, temperature controlled environment, which has access to reliable, resilient power and connectivity,’ said Andrew Saunders, head of product management and marketing.
‘Zen’s headquarters will provide the ideal location for the new data centre and is in response to increased demand for capacity in the north west. The data centre also meets the increasing demand for hosting services from Zen’s existing customers,’ added Andrew.
Once complete the 1,350m2 Tier 2 facility will be monitored around the clock by automated management systems, an on site central monitoring team, CCTV and on site security guards. The new data centre will be fitted out with state-of-the-art power and environmental management infrastructure providing 2MVA capacity.
N+1 standby power generation and uninterruptible power will be supplied by Diesel Rotary Uninterruptible Power Supplies (DRUPS) ensuring Zen’s hosting customers will get 100 per cent uptime from their hosted services. Even the most demanding connectivity and bandwidth requirements will be easily accommodated as the new data centre is directly connected to Zen’s fully diverse core network.
The contract for the design and build of the new data centre has been awarded to Sudlows.
Andy Hirst, global projects director at Sudlows, commented, ‘The design of the new data centre will provide Zen with the ideal platform to offer its customers secure and fully resilient hosting services and ensure it maintains its status as the best ISP in the UK.’