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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Citrix and Equinix team up to support hybrid cloud architecture

23 December 2016

Equinix customers can now use Citrix’s SD-WAN platform for connecting to the Equinix Cloud Exchange.

Equinix customers can now use Citrix’s SD-WAN platform for connecting to the Equinix Cloud Exchange.

Citrix has partnered with global interconnection data centre company Equinix in an effort to help customers move confidently to a hybrid cloud architecture.

The solution leverages an Equinix Performance Hub to provide an SD-WAN solution that that connects an enterprise’s locations to one of Equinix’s more than 145 data centres around the world. 

Citrix says the connections are built with its NetScaler SD-WAN. They consist of secure tunnels established over multiple aggregated network links, including public internet, MPLS and wireless. 

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New data centres “cement” North East’s position as “hotbed” for digital innovation

05 December 2016

Stellium has also built a 40km metro fibre network to connect its new site in Newcastle.

Stellium has also built a 40km metro fibre network to connect its new site in Newcastle.

New company Stellium says the three data centres on its campus in Newcastle are now fully operational.

Built to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and ‘Outstanding’ standards, the Tier III+ campus has a PUE rating of 1.16.

The site also has its own dedicated power supply from an adjacent National Grid interconnector. This provides up to 80MVA via four 20MVA 11kV feeds from two dedicated SSE substations.

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Data defined storage "pioneer" to use colocation services from Pulsant

18 October 2016

In 2014, Pulsant upgraded the technology, power capabilities and connectivity at its Maidenhead data centre.

In 2014, Pulsant upgraded the technology, power capabilities and connectivity at its Maidenhead data centre.

As part of a two-year contract, Boston-headquartered Tarmin will make use of colocation services provided by Pulsant's Maidenhead data centre.

Tarmin describes itself as a “pioneer” of data defined storage solutions.

Its GridBank platform has been designed to unlock the value of data as a strategic business enabler, delivering what’s claimed to be a “massively scalable” and unified approach for consistent data management, storage, retention, security and search across cloud and traditional storage infrastructure.

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