Cambridge first for data centre

Telstra Europe, one of the UK’s largest alternative telephony and Internet suppliers has opened an Internet data centre at St John’s Innovation Park, Cambridge.

Telstra Europe, one of the UK’s largest alternative telephony and internet suppliers, has opened an internet datacentre at St John’s Innovation Park, Cambridge.

The company is calling its new site a state-of-the-art facility, which will offer a range of hosting and security services, from co-location to business continuity and disaster recovery solutions. The facilities also include a telecommunications room, a test lab and managed hosting facilities.

The high-tech centre is Telstra Europe’s fifth purpose-built site in the UK and builds on what it says is success at its existing facilities in London Docklands, Birmingham, Manchester and Sunderland.
The new site will be connected to the Telstra network with diversely routed fibreoptic cable feeds, which will extend the reach of the current infrastructure. Existing customers  will be migrated to the site under a planned maintenance programme from now until February 2006. New customers are being connected directly to the network.

Telstra says users will have high-quality, resilient support systems for uninterrupted voice and data services and will experience no business interruption or downtime. The systems will include generator back-up to an uninterrupted power supply ensuring a constant, clean supply of power, temperature control monitoring and fire detection and suppression facilities.

A ‘black building’, said to be 100% successful, was carried out in the middle of January 2006, involving a live simulation of a total power failure event in a controlled environment to test the resiliency of the site’s business continuity capabilities. Such tests are carried out routinely at Telstra’s datacentre sites as part of the company’s ongoing strategy of continuous improvement.

David Thorn, CEO of Telstra Europe, says, “Cambridge is a real hub of high tech industry and research and in need of a secure and managed datacentre. With increased regulatory focus on data storage, including Sarbanes-Oxley, Basel II and the Data Protection Act, compliance and data security has been propelled to the top of the boardroom agenda. Having secure off-site data back-up, at a safe geographical distance from the original site, has become a priority for customers in the region and is highly recommended by regulatory bodies.”

“We have a strong and loyal customer base in Cambridge and our new high-tech datacentre will provide them and new customers with the most robust, and resilient data security protection and managed services available today. It will help ensure they continue to flourish, are in line with regulatory practice and retain their competitive edge,” he says.