Geo Networks has announced an agreement to provide Digital Realty with a fully diverse, dedicated, fibre access network connecting its two key UK data centres in the South-East, Digital Chessington and Digital Woking.
The high fibre count, 151km ring will facilitate virtually unlimited bandwidth access for Digital Realty’s customers to over a hundred data centres and points of presence (PoPs) in London and nationally including low latency routes to Slough, Docklands and the City. In addition, Digital Realty’s customers will have the ability to access Digital Realty’s Profile Park Development in Dublin using Geo’s new East-West Ring, a fully diverse, dedicated optical fibre network linking the UK and Ireland.
Digital Realty’s newly connected facilities offer over 613,000 square feet of data centre space to domestic and international customers including some of the leading systems integrators, IT service providers and enterprise clients, many of whom have demanding, complex requirements and are turning to the latest technologies to meet these needs. Customers want access to ‘best in class’ data centre solutions and fully scalable, ultra-secure network infrastructure to support their business operations. Being able to offer a diverse fibre network to and from a site is a tangible competitive advantage for a data centre operator in today’s competitive environment.
“Geo’s open-access connectivity model is an attractive option for any data centre solution provider,” commented Rob Bath, Digital Realty’s Engineering Director. “By making this one-time investment our customers will benefit from the availability of a full spectrum of service providers and a wide range of connectivity solutions from high-end, dedicated fibre based networks to internet bandwidth connectivity.”
“With a portfolio of more than 100 properties worldwide and a demanding mix of global and local customers, having reliable, secure and completely scalable connectivity infrastructure is a key component of supporting the critical processes of some of the most demanding data users around. By making this investment Digital Realty recognises that today’s global organisations expect leading fibre access in every market they operate in and Geo is ideally suited to provide this in the UK and Ireland,” commented Annette Murphy, Data Centre, Business Development Director at Geo.