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CORRECTING and REPLACING UK Home Secretary Opens New iomart Customer Defined Data Centre
|By Business Wire
|July 12, 2014 06:29 PM EDT
The first paragraph, first sentence should read: UK Home Secretary The
Rt Hon Theresa May MP has officially opened a multi-million pound
extension ... (instead of: UK Home Secretary The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
has officially opened a £multi-million extension). The seventh
paragraph, second sentence should read: ... which was previously only
possible with more complex 12-fibre MTP connectivity. (instead of:
...which was previously only possible with more expensive MTP Fibre
iomart CEO Angus MacSween explains the new technology on show in iomart's data centre (Photo: Business Wire)
The corrected release reads:
UK HOME SECRETARY OPENS NEW IOMART CUSTOMER DEFINED DATA CENTRE
First Major Deployment of Cisco Dynamic Fabric Automation Using
Corning OM4 Fibre Bi-Directional Transmission Technology
UK Home Secretary The Rt Hon Theresa May MP has officially opened a
multi-million pound extension to a data centre in her Maidenhead
constituency, which is owned and operated by iomart
Group plc (AIM:IOM), one of the UK and Europe’s leading cloud
Mrs May was given a guided tour of the new facility, which features the
first major deployment of Cisco® Dynamic Fabric Automation (DFA) and Bi
Directional (BiDi) Transmission technology. The data centre will
ultimately house up to 30,000 physical and as many as 500,000 virtual
servers, and the technology underpinning it takes iomart into the new
position of being able to dynamically configure its entire data centre
estate with its customers’ requirements at its heart.
It was the first time the Home Secretary had been inside a data centre
and she said she was impressed by what she saw.
The Rt Hon Theresa May said: “Data centres are an important part of the
global economy, so I’m delighted to be opening this new facility for
iomart. The technology on show is impressive and will allow businesses
to be better connected than ever.”
Angus MacSween, CEO of iomart, said: “We are delighted that The Home
Secretary has officially opened our next generation data centre and seen
first-hand the technology involved in creating the infrastructure needed
to support the dynamic and ever-changing web hosting and data storage
needs of SME and enterprise business.
“We are transforming our network to deliver the highest levels of
agility, performance and flexibility. Many commentators are talking
about software defined data centres – we are delivering them. This puts
us at the heart of the next generation of data centre technology.”
The new 1500 square metre extension to iomart’s Maidenhead data centre
took 12 months to complete and has capacity for 630 racks. It features
the first major deployment of Cisco Dynamic Fabric Automation (DFA),
which enables iomart’s network infrastructure and services to be
dynamically and automatically provisioned alongside Cisco’s proprietary
Bi-Directional (BiDi) Transmission technology, which allows 40 Gigabit
Ethernet transmission over small form factor, duplex connectivity, which
was previously only possible with more complex 12-fibre MTP
connectivity. The result is a greater level of scale-out without
congestion points while providing optimised forwarding for all types of
applications, and a network enabled for secure multi-tenancy at scale.
Sri Hosakote, SVP of Cisco Data Centre Group (DCG), explained: “iomart
is growing at a rapid rate and we’re delighted to provide an innovative
solution that can simplify, automate and optimise its data center to
scale provision immediately against every customer requirement.”
Corning Incorporated, the world leader in speciality glass and ceramics,
and iomart’s Network Preferred Installer Kinetic IT, designed and
installed a bespoke connectivity solution utilising Corning’s Pretium
EDGE ® housings with OM4 high-density, 96-core fibre cables for
backbone, and individual 6 port LC cassettes.
Jochen Lorenz, vice president of Enterprise Sales EMEA for Corning,
said: “Corning is proud to support iomart’s pioneering decision to
deploy Cisco’s BiDi technology with our OM4 Pretium EDGE solution. This
state of the art facility is a shining example of what can be achieved
by technology leaders working together in defining the datacentres of
About iomart Group plc:
iomart Group plc (AIM:IOM) is one of the UK’s leading providers of
mission-critical cloud and managed hosting services. iomart owns and
manages datacentres at eight locations in the UK, has its own fast fibre
network and offers a unique 100% uptime guarantee. It operates through a
number of subsidiaries: iomart Hosting, Melbourne Server Hosting,
RapidSwitch, Redstation, Backup Technology, Easyspace and iomartcloud.
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