The data centre industry is at the heart of the digital revolution taking place in our professional and personal lives. The proliferation of content and data along with the opportunities for insight, efficiency and innovation that this brings, are accelerating the need for transformative technologies to interpret and leverage this wealth of information.
We believe that our role in helping our customers maximise the opportunities available in this revolution is to realise a future that is interconnected and software defined. We also believe that a key step in accelerating innovation is to break down digital barriers by facilitating inter-connectivity and adopting open standards. Two of the fundamental technical components that we provide to help facilitate this vision are therefore carrier neutral colocation, and open source cloud services based on OpenStack.
Carrier Neutral Colocation
Our data centre in MediaCityUK, Manchester, is carrier neutral. This means that telecoms network operators are free to extend their networks to our data centre to allow them to provide services to customers making use of it, rather than those customers having their choice of connectivity restricted to the data centre operator’s own services.
Having a range of different providers with varying capabilities means that customers can choose the most appropriate suppliers for their needs. High-bandwidth requirements can be met by dark fibre or wavelength service providers, integration into an existing WAN can be provided by MPLS, VPLS and Ethernet network operators, multiple IP Transit providers facilitate Internet connectivity for enterprises and content providers, and having these services available via diverse fibre entry routes increases the options for network resilience needed by critical infrastructure.
Our own diverse metro ring in Manchester connects our data centre to Manchester Science Park where we maintain multiple points of presence. This brings further connectivity options, with additional network operators as well as global cloud platforms including AWS, Azure and Office365 available for private interconnection to our data centre.
OpenStack is the leading global open source cloud platform, deployed around the World by large enterprises, service providers, research institutions and public sector organisations for critical and demanding applications. Building our cloud services on OpenStack helps our customers to create web-native applications that are easily portable and interoperable between public and private OpenStack platforms, increasing flexibility and avoiding vendor lock-in. We manage, develop and grow the cloud platform, thereby allowing our customers to dedicate resources to the tools and applications that are important to achieving their goals. For more information on our commitment to the OpenStack project, click here.
Underpinning our OpenStack cloud, we use the advanced open source Ceph storage platform. Negating the need for proprietary and expensive SAN hardware and RAID arrays, this software-defined storage platform provides resilient, high performance unified block and object storage on commodity hardware. In keeping with our vision, the functionality and performance is derived from the open source software defined platform rather than proprietary software or hardware, which negates the risk of vendor lock-in whilst helping to deliver the lowest-cost services to our users.
Where We Are
We’re based in MediaCity, Manchester, which is rapidly becoming an International hub for the creative and digital sectors and home to organisations such as the BBC, ITV and The University of Salford as well as a thriving ecosystem of small and medium sized businesses. From an Internet traffic and peering perspective, Manchester is already the UK’s second largest hub, and as the de-facto second English city and centre of the Northern Powerhouse, offers excellent connectivity, transport links, economic stability and investment.
This investment and commitment to media, technology and research is further evidenced by the support of the Greater Manchester Councils to DataCentred through their Greater Manchester Investment Fund, who along with our other investors, fully support our vision of providing next-generation data centre services from Manchester to help rebalance the UK economy and drive innovation and job creation.