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Hosting provider dumps Docklands-based colocation firm for Migsolv

Hosting provider 52 Degrees ditches Docklands-based colocation provider for security and efficiency reasons

London-based web hosting company 52 Degrees has migrated its IT infrastructure out of the capital to MigSolv’s Norwich-based datacentre for resiliency and efficiency reasons.

The company, founded in 2016, has dumped its incumbent colocation provider, which was based in Docklands, as part of a reworked IT strategy designed to better support its UK-wide expansion plans.

This was on the back of a technology review, designed to pinpoint ways for 52 Degrees to improve the reliability and efficiency of the hosting, broadband and mobile services it delivers to companies across the UK.

As a result, the company has opted to overhaul its colocation arrangements, paving the way for it to take up space within Migsolv’s Gatehouse datacentre in Norwich, which is connected to 52 Degrees’ own high-speed network.

Migsolv recently underwent a change in senior management, with former CEO Alex Rabbetts stepping down in December. He was replaced by the firm’s operations director, David Manning.

In recent years, the company has used its location in the east of England as a major selling point for its datacentre capacity, with Rabbetts telling Computer Weekly back in July 2015 about the security and cost benefits customers get by shunning inner-city datacentres.

Anthony Wright, a director at 52 Degrees, said the security and protection offered by Migsolv’s facility were major factors in its decision to make the move.

For example, the site uses iris recognition technology to control access to its data halls and features a microwave intrusion detection system to keep trespassers out.

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“We recognised the security and availability of our IT as absolutely vital to the services we provide our customers – and so to our own business success. As part of our expansion strategy, we took a close look at the best colocation options and Migsolv’s facility was a clear winner for us,” said Wright.

“The Gatehouse is one of the world’s most secure datacentres. Based in Norwich, it avoids the terrorism risks facing London and other big UK cities.”

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