For clients wish to have their equipment as close as possible to our network, or benefit from the performance of that network for their application, we can offer co-location in either of our data centres. You will gain access the presence of a presence in the world renowned Telehouse East data centre in Docklands, London or independence in Synergy House, Manchester.
Telehouse East has been at 100% occupancy for a good few years and space occupied by resident ISPs is at a premium. Simwood has a direct relationship with Telehouse and subject to your requirements can offer a few U of co-lo with escorted access, or for quarter-racks upwards your own independent access. Either way, you will enjoy a presence in arguably the best carrier hotel in the world with one or more Gigabit connections to our network. If you deal with other networks in London we probably already peer with them, and operate an open peering policy if we don’t, but you can also have your own cabling run to our space.
Synergy House in Manchester is a much newer facility and therefore benefits from greater availability of power and, naturally, independence from London. We selected Manchester for our second site due to its rapid emergence as the second city in the UK when it comes to data centre locations. It is also superbly located in terms of international fiber runs. Many non-London data centres and networks have an implicit dependence on London but when establishing our presence in Manchester we ensured we had access to the little connectivity out of the UK which is independent of London. Naturally in the event of a major incident affecting London networks most UK end-users will be affected but if you serve international customers from the UK, this may be a consideration.
All of this said, if you wish to co-locate equipment which is not serving media then we would most strongly suggest you instead consider virtualisation. You benefit from all of the above with added benefits. In fact where our co-location solution adds most value is the way it can dovetail with our other Managed Services. It is perfectly feasible for customers to co-locate physical equipment with Simwood and for that to share the same private customer network(s) as virtual servers. Furthermore, Carrier Ethernet customers can mix VLANs between multiple sites, co-located equipment and virtualised equipment in almost any combination they wish.
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