Battery could power PCs for over seven years

10 April 2017

A north west technology firm has produced a new battery system which it claims can power a suite of computers for almost eight years.

Tests conducted over a five-month period by engineers at the University of Manchester showed that the POD developed by Formby-based Extreme Low Energy (ELe) could power 30 computers for seven hours a day over 2,830 consecutive days (i.e. 7.75 years) before the battery capacity dropped.

Dr. Rebecca Todd from the university’s School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering says: “We applied our findings specifically to consider the use of the POD in educational establishments, and concluded that an average school should be able to use the system for over 14 years before the battery reaches 80 per cent capacity.”

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Firstnet to launch first Tier III data centre in Leeds

10 April 2017

Firstnet Solutions is managed by husband and wife team David and Angie Cusworth.

Firstnet Solutions is managed by husband and wife team David and Angie Cusworth.

Leeds-based IT managed service provider Firstnet Solutions has opened its first data centre in the city.

The company says the new facility has been designed as a bespoke data centre and is not a building conversion.

It is carrier agnostic with multiple redundant connections, and is also said to feature multiple hardware failover, physical security, and a low carbon footprint design.

With an existing phase one 400 rack data hall and parallel redundant engineering infrastructure, including 24/7 security and technical support, Firstnet reckons its facility will offer a level of service and quality which, following its planned upgrade to Tier III, will not be found elsewhere in the region.

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6DG delivers hybrid cloud through Cloud Connect

10 April 2017

UK-based hosting and managed services provider Six Degrees Group (6DG) will use Interxion’s Cloud Connect platform to build and manage private connections to multiple public cloud providers.

Interxion provides carrier and cloud-neutral colo data centre services, serving customers through 45 data centres in 11 European countries. Its Cloud Connect platform is said to provide secure and high performance interconnections to multiple clouds from one physical connection.

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Commsworld ready to play with the telecoms ‘big boys’

08 February 2017

CTO Charlie Boisseau says Commsworld’s connection between Edinburgh and Glasgow does not run across any third party fibre.

CTO Charlie Boisseau says Commsworld’s connection between Edinburgh and Glasgow does not run across any third party fibre.

Commsworld says it has become Scotland’s first independent telecoms firm to establish an inter-city carrier network. 

The claim comes after the company invested more than a £1 million in building its own pure fibre route to link networks in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland’s two largest economic hubs.

Commsworld used DWDM technology to light an 80km span of dark fibre it procured between two data centres in North Lanarkshire and western Edinburgh.

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