We have joined forces with VIRTUS (south) and aql (north) to provide shared data centres for research and education.
Working closely with anchor tenants, we have set up single supplier framework agreements for the detailed design, supply, installation, configuration, commissioning and maintenance of a co-location data centre facility.
The benefits of a shared data centre include:
Significant cost savings can be achieved through aggregating requirements across tenants
By enabling co-location 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 high-performance computing (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 need 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.
This shared data centre was established in September 2014 and has 19 tenants using it.
aql - north
The anchor tenants are:
University of Leeds
University of Sheffield
Sheffield Hallam University
University of Liverpool
Supporting your business
The data centres 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 centres are 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.
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.
Based in Leeds, the data centre, designed with supercomputers in mind, is a tier-three, impact level 5 (ILS) rated facility with 24/7 on-site security.
The Janet network has a direct connection into IXLeeds, the northern internet exchange, providing the opportunity for high-capacity access between the Janet network and other commercial networks.
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 centres have 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
Our shared datacentre frameworks are single supplier framework agreements for the detailed design, supply, installation, configuration, commissioning and maintenance of co-location space within datahalls dedicated to the research and education community. The datacentres are owned, operated, and maintained by our technical partners; aql (north) and VIRTUS (south).
The shared datacentres frameworks have been designed explicitly to support the needs of the research and education community and cater for enterprise systems co-location, and HPC platforms, along with high bandwidth requirements utilising the Janet network. The datacentres are directly connected to the core of the Janet network with multiple 100Gb connections.
Charges are contained within the framework agreement. Charges will vary depending on the technical solution required. Additionally, networking charges will apply to access the shared datacentres. These charges are based on requirements.
The customer is respsonsible for signing the Master Services Agreement (issued by the datacentre providers). This allows organisations to purchase from the shared datacentre framework.
The customer is responsible for the operation and maintenance of all equimpment installed within their racks within the shared datacentre
Please ensure your organisation understands and adheres to the security policy. Further security requirements relating to the operation of the shared datacentres will apply as dictated by the datacentre provider.
Hours of service
The shared datacentres are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
The datacentre providers are contractually obliged to offer a power and cooling delivery SLA of 100%.
The target availability of the network is 99.7% measured monthly over a 12 month period, excluding service-affecting maintenance.
Faults with the service may be reported to the datacentre providers dedicated support teams, through the various mechanisms detailed in the contractual arrangements.
The shared datacentres are built, operated, and maintained to tier 3 standards, and thus very high levels of resilience in terms of power and cooling delivery. The datacentres are diversely connected to the core of the Janet network providing high levels of resilience.
Request for service
Request this service via the service desk on 0300 300 2212 or via email [email protected].
Service delivery time
Once an organisation has signed the necessary agreement to use the purchasing framework, the datacentre providers are contractually bound to deliver the organisation’s requirement within four weeks.
Terms and conditions
Please ensure your organisation understands and adheres to our terms and conditions. There are additional terms and conditions relating to the contractual arrangements within the framework.
Escalation paths are provided by each datacentre provider to each customer. If you are experiencing an issue with the service, and wish to escalate the issue within Janet please contact us via the service desk on 0300 300 2212 or via email [email protected].
Organisations can connect their campuses to the shared datacentres via a variety of networking technologies including Layer2VLAN and Layer 3, utilising existing campus Janet bandwidth, or additional Janet connections. Please contact the service desk for more information.
Bandwidth between campuses and the shared datacentres can be reserved and guaranteed for an additional cost and where such facilities exist. Please contact the service desk for more information.
This service is included within the scope of our ISO9001 certificate.