We have joined forces with Virtus and six anchor tenants to provide a shared data centre for research and education.
Working closely with these anchor tenants, we have set up a single supplier framework agreement for the detailed design, supply, installation, configuration, commissioning and maintenance of a co-location datacentre facility.
The benefits of the shared data centre include:
Significant cost savings can be achieved through aggregating requirements across tenants
By enabling colocation and proximity working we can improve big data shared research, emerging data mining and linked data models
Enables you to maximise the use of scarce HPC IT skills leading to joint team working and knowledge sharing
Colocation enables collaborative working in core areas such as medical research where large data sets needs to be shared
Scalable rack space gives you flexibility as your requirements change
By centrally procuring the data centre, we have saved you the cost of conducting your own procurement activities
Enabling you to make effective use of funds by reclaiming costly real estate.
As well as the current tenants, the framework is scoped for use by other teaching and research organisations in the UK.
Supporting your business
The data centre supports a wide range of activities including:
High performance computing systems with high power requirements but moderate availability requirements
Administration, teaching and learning systems with moderate power requirements but high availability requirement
Other research systems that may have a requirement for higher levels of data confidentiality
The data centre is connected directly to the Janet network core, ensuring low connectivity costs and consistently high level of service quality, whilst meeting the requirements of large data sets.
Expect the best
The facility is a state-of-the-art tier three data centre situated in Slough. It has a modular design, providing significant scalability and flexibility. Capabilities can scale to reach up to 800 racks, with power between 7 MW and 14 MW after three to five years.
Virtus also offers flexible power metering and usage and a mechanism for tenants that meet the HMRC criteria to pay a reduced VAT rate, thereby allowing tenants to directly control and reduce their power costs.
Although the data centre arose from the requirements of a cluster of organisations in London to co-locate for research collaborations, the facility is available to all Janet network customers with a primary connection.
The data centre has been designed to be flexible to accommodate the needs of different sets of customers, whether collaborating on big data projects or supporting teaching and learning, data storage or running administrative systems.
Service level description
Hours of service
The service is available during the business day.
The business day is defined as Monday to Friday. It excludes 24-31 December, all English public holidays and also the Tuesday following the August public holiday.
Microsoft and Google products: We reviewed the contractual documents for Google Apps for Education and for Microsoft Office 365 and negotiated exclusive amendments to their respective terms and conditions.
In addition to these negotiated amendments, we have produced a guidance note to accompany the Google Apps for Education Agreement, which highlights points for consideration by organisations when undertaking their assessment of whether to procure Apps for Education. The guidance note will be supplied as part of the reference pack.
Financial X-Ray: The Financial X-ray service helps cost IT services in research and education organisations, enhancing the work carried out by others in the sector. Organisations will be able to use this as a focal point for future work on the costing of IT services to derive ongoing benefits.
Cloud and data centre framework: We procured this framework agreement in response to the needs of the community for data centre facilities and commercial cloud services. Eight suppliers have been selected and equally ranked on the framework. Organisations can select a supplier by running a mini-competition against its specific requirement with the selected suppliers.
Telephony purchasing service: The service enables organisations to purchase telephony services from suppliers that have been approved to join the telephony purchasing service. The service includes IP based SIP trunks over the organisation’s Janet connections and zero rated call costs within the telephony package that they purchase.
Data archiving framework: The service enables organisations to purchase highly secure, easy-to-use and cost-effective long-term storage for their data. This is a single-supplier framework with Arkivum as the chosen supplier.
File Sync and Share purchasing service: The service enables organisations to purchase file sync and share services from suppliers who have been approved to join the File Sync and Share purchasing service. The services will be delivered over a direct connection to the Janet network, with options for user managed encryption and integrated federated access.
This service is included within the scope of our ISO9001 certificate.