We’ve chosen Virtus and aql because they can meet your needs as a research and education organisation.
Both have data halls dedicated to Jisc members, so whether you’re collaborating on data-intensive projects that require high-performance computing (HPC) and/or running everyday business systems, we can support your requirements.
Save money and time
Save valuable resources and allow IT staff to dedicate more time to core business activities
Reduce spending on power, cooling and maintenance, which also contributes to your environmental strategy
We’ve negotiated pricing and contract terms with Virtus and aql as part of our data centre framework, so you don't have to deal with legal and technical issues
Put valuable real estate to more profitable core uses, such as teaching and research
If you don’t know what you’re spending on your existing data centre, our financial X-ray service helps you find the true cost, so you can work out what you might save.
Work more flexibly
Our flexible data centre framework allows you to grow your rack footprint quickly and easily, depending on need. We can accommodate:
Data-intensive research - The data centres can host racks running HPC alongside conventional servers. It’s directly connected to the world-class Janet Network, allowing you to take advantage of high-speed, high capacity networking
Collaboration - You can ring-fence facilities for specific purposes - pefect if you need a neutral space to host a collaboration or research project. This is useful if your kit is so power-hungry that your existing campus data centre can’t support it
Extra services - There’s no need to travel there to perform tasks such as rebooting servers or changing tape libraries: with the ‘smart hands’ service (chargeable separately), on-site experts can do this for you
Security and business continuity
Only Jisc customers and authorised staff have access to the shared data halls
The data centres are built and operated to comply with the government’s ‘confidential’ standard
Under each framework, members will benefit from market-leading pricing. Full details can be provided on application, so please contact your account manager.
Flexible core hosting services
In both facilities, four rack power categories have been provided: 4kW, 10kW, 20kW and 30kW. Each facility provides the flexibility to scale up or down according to your needs.
Power burst capability – Within certain bounds, the committed power rate may be decreased. For each rack rating, a customer can designate a lower committed power rate and can, with notice, burst to the designated rack rating.
Rack rating upgrade – Within certain bounds, the designated rack rating can be changed.
Rack installations can also be ring-fenced for specific purposes or subject areas, enabling IT clustering and supporting collaborative working with partners.
Both data centres are directly connected to the core of the Janet Network offering high-capacity, high availability connectivity.
All racks are provided to meet the Tier III uptime classification.
Redundancy and resilience
The following table outlines the levels of redundancy and resilience in each data centre for different areas of infrastructure.
A range of services – such as “smart hands”, cabling services and rack caging – are also available.
This service is included within the scope of our ISO9001 certificate.