Virgin Media Business has launched a co-location service in partnership with datacentre operator ICM to offer regional datacentres around the UK.
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The datacentres will be in Glasgow, Leeds, Birmingham, Farnborough, London, Manchester, Romford and Bristol.
Using the company's nationwide fibre-optic network, Virgin Media Business says it will provide customers with a 99.95% availability guarantee and high-speed access to their data.
To deliver 99.95% availability guarantee, all of the datacentres have pre-built diverse power feeds, on-site generators and service level agreements with energy suppliers. Virgin Media Business says these measures allow it to maintain a constant reliable stream of power to customers' racks.
Andrew Gibson, senior product manager, applications and services at Virgin Media Business, believes businesses will use co-location as the first step into a full-blown cloud computing strategy, to gain trust in the supplier. "Many customers are starting to realise the benefits of moving their IT infrastructure off-site, but they are afraid of losing control and would like to maintain control. Co-location allows them to retain this control," said Gibson.