Friday 21 December 2012

Our Christmas Party

Ok, so this post is not informative and it's certainly not attempting to sell anything to any of you who may be reading it......

No, this post is for us - as a reminder of what we did as a company to celebrate Christmas 2012. In years to come we can look back at this Blog and smile at what a great night it was.

This year we decided to do something a bit different and as such, booked ourselves a table at a 'Rio Carnival' night being held in the grounds of Temple Newsam, a nearby stately home.

The evening started with drinks in the bar area. Exotic music was playing and there were random girls climbing ropes and then performing gymnastics in the air, in metal rings of all things.

We were then asked to be seated at our tables, which surrounded a large circular stage area, and throughout the 4 course meal we were treated to a variety of different acts, performing on the stage. However, none of it was intrusive or too loud so as to stop people from being heard when they were talking.

After the meal they opened up the back doors so that we could have a go on the dodgems. This has to be the only time where it is legal to drink and drive and it has to be said that it was great fun.

So after the food, wine and dodgem rides, it was time to hit the dancefloor and we all had a great time boogying away for the remainder of the evening. We even managed to get a group photo taken by a professional photographer.

We'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

See you in 2013

Tuesday 18 December 2012

Leeds Colocation News

As we approach the end of 2012, we are pleased to announce that due to a recent upsurge in new colocation business, we have now begun work on phase 3 of our Data Centre build.

Our current Data Centre has plenty of space and when we moved in it was basically an empty shell. We decided to build the Data Centre suites in a modular way, so that we didn't end up with large, empty air conditioned rooms using up unnecessary power. Therefore, initially we created suite 1 as the main power room which houses some rather large UPS batteries, intelligent power distribution and routing to the diesel generator which is housed at the rear of the building. Suite 2 is the first room to house our 20 full height racks, which are a variety of 42U units, some of which contain quarter lockable sections.

Since suite 2 is now almost full, and considering that we have people wanting to move their servers into our Data Centre in early 2013, we have no option but to complete works on suite 3 which can cater for another 30 full racks.

In reality this is not a massive undertaking as we're not starting from scratch again. It is merely an extension of what is already there. The racks are already in position, as are the cooling systems, so all we have to do is run network and power into each of the racks, as well as configure a network switch for each.

These days many applications and IT systems are increasingly going into the 'cloud', and as such the need for high quality Data Centers is on the up and up. Our facilities are based in north Leeds, just off the ring road so we're very accessible and we love to show people around our Data Centre as we're very proud of what we have achieved.

If you have any colocation requirements, and even if you're not from Leeds, why not give us a call to arrange a site tour?

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