(The Hosting News) – Data centre and connectivity services provider C4L today announced the opening of its newly upgraded Bournemouth data centre. The site provides 5,000 square feet of space, able to house 180 racks of IT equipment. The data centre itself is certified as being 100% powered by green energy, as well as using additional techniques to further reduce its energy usage. As a result, C4L can ascertain that its data centre is producing the lowest possible amount of carbon emissions as well as providing IT resources for potentially hundreds of businesses.
“In the 21st century, everything is at a premium,” said Matt Hawkins, MD of C4L. “From finances to space, computing power, expertise and energy: IT departments must use each of these to its fullest potential in order to succeed. Our Bournemouth data centre helps them to do just that. Technology can be colocated here, reducing capital expenditure and maintenance costs whilst freeing up physical space in organisations’ own premises. At the same time, everyday maintenance and management is carried out on-site meaning that IT staff can concentrate on the issues that really matter, such as performance and security. By combining our efficient power usage with a data centre’s economy of scale and 100% green energy, organisations can be sure that their technology is using the minimum of power and is responsible for the minimum of carbon emissions.”
C4L’s data centre is certified as using 100% green energy, provided through EDF. By avoiding traditional fossil fuels and instead using sources such as renewables, C4L is ensuring that its data centre is responsible for the minimum amount of carbon emissions for its size. At the same time the data centre itself uses techniques such as a cold aisle cooling containment and CRAC units with multiple stages of cooling, to make sure that it is using the minimum amount of power: this further reduces both emissions and energy costs. As a result, the data centre is to a great extent “future-proofed” against potential carbon emissions legislation.
Customers can choose multiple, full, half or quarter racks from the 180 in the data centre, allowing the site to cater for businesses of all sizes and needs. It connects directly to C4L’s own private fibre network, meaning that users will receive high-speed connections, low latency and high resiliency when accessing their IT services. Its power and cooling systems have full redundancy built in, so that the data centre can keep operating even in the event of a problem with one or both systems. In addition it has full smoke and fire detection and fire suppression systems to protect customers’ valuable IT resources. These resources are also under tight physical security: a biometric entry system with a man trap, PIN code swipe cards, digital CCTV and on-site security all ensure that the data centre is under constant guard.
“Traditionally, London has been seen as the Mecca of data centres thanks to its central location and high levels of internet connectivity,” continued Matt Hawkins. “However, thanks to controlling our own fibre line we can offer customers in our Bournemouth data centre the same level of connectivity and service that they would expect in the capital, without paying a ‘London premium’ for the privilege. As the UK’s communications infrastructure improves, we can expect to see more and more data centres develop across the nation. For our part C4L is proud to be driving data centre development in the South of England, providing a business boost for the region whilst also ensuring that we aren’t adding to the area’s carbon economy as well as its financial economy.”
C4L is a data centre and connectivity services provider and deploys a full range of services in over 40 data centres, including colocation, IP transit, interconnects, data backup, data storage, virtualisation, telecoms, disaster recovery and leased lines, to name just a few. These are all provided with C4L’s commitment to maximum uptime and customer support; featuring a 24/7 network operations centre (NOC) which is manned by trained professionals with Microsoft and Cisco qualifications.
C4L’s industry leading data centre connected network, includes sites such as Bournemouth, Slough, BlueSquare Maidenhead, BlueSquare Milton Keynes, Telehouse Metro, Telehouse North, City Lifeline and InterXion. The company is now in its 11th trading year and has maintained a track record of rapid growth every year. Its client base includes Government, FTSE 250, financial institutions and many of the UK’s network carriers. The business is committed to customer satisfaction and quality of service and has achieved certifications such as ISO9001 & 27001.