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.
This service is included within the scope of our ISO9001 certificate.