IFL launches ‘Manchester 3’ data centre - MIDAS

IFL launches ‘Manchester 3’ data centre

Internet Facilitators Limited (IFL), a leading provider of regional Business Class Data Centres, has announced that work has begun on its third Data Centre in Manchester.

‘Manchester 3’ is situated in a prime Manchester location in very close proximity to the new MediaCityUK development and is the next phase of IFL’s regional data centre expansion programme planned for several cities throughout the UK. It further extends capacity in the region supporting the expansion of existing clients and allowing more clients in the Northwest to access true Business Class data centre facilities.

Now firmly established as the largest regional data centre provider in the Northwest this is an important next step in the development of the company and paves the way for further development in other regions of the UK.

The multi million pound, state of the art colocation facility will provide 22,000 sq ft of technical space accommodating up to 1,000 racks with IT power to an average of 4.5KW per rack in hot and cold aisle containment configurations. A further 17,000 sq ft of serviced office space, build areas, client rest rooms and shared NOC areas where clients can connect to their rack space will also be provided at the site.

‘Manchester 3’ will be built to Tier 3 standards with the minimum specification including n+1 UPS systems and n+1 diesel generators, and higher specifications available to anchor tenants taking space during the build out phase. Using environmentally intelligent technology IFL aims to deliver the most efficient colocation facilities on the market.

‘Manchester 3’ is set to fully open in Q2 2011, delivering high quality rack space for clients with requirements anywhere between 1 and 100+ racks. Being carrier neutral, like all IFL data centres, the facility will offer a range of connectivity solutions from many major telecommunications and network providers.

Matthew Edgley, IFL Account Director comments: “We’re confident that Manchester 3 will be the highest quality and most technologically advanced data centre in the Northwest of England. Implementing pioneering ‘free cooling’ technology will allow us to maximise our energy efficiency, making the facility instantly attractive to clients with environmental concerns and committed to reducing their carbon footprint. We are currently in talks with a number of potential anchor tenants for whom we can meet particular specifications during the build out phase. We anticipate that interest will come from our traditional client base of Northwest based IT services players and from businesses with a more regional focus looking for high quality local datacentre space. We also expect interest from our growing list of clients looking for expansion space.”

The site will be protected by 24×7 manned security and advanced physical security systems. The IFL onsite support team will be available 24×7 to carry out data centre tasks and respond to any emergency incidents or carry out scheduled maintenance work on behalf of clients.

As usual, the data centre will comply with industry kite mark standards to meet stringent hosting security and quality control requirements.

Souce: IFL

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