Virtus Data Centres becomes the first provider of Colocation To The IBM Solutions Store

Virtus, London’s flexible and efficient data centre provider, announced today that it has joined the IBM Solutions Store, providing Colocation options to complete the stack of offerings within the IBM Solution Store – from the data centre to the application.

 

IBM’s Solutions Store is a collaborative marketplace for industry leading IBM-focused vendors and end-to-end solutions providers – including managed service providers (MSPs), independent software vendors (ISVs), cloud service providers (CSPs) end users (such as corporate IT departments) and now with the addition of Virtus: colocation data centres in London.

 

Announcing the new move, Virtus CEO Neil Cresswell said, “For most MSPs, ISPs and CSPs the solutions they build within this environment will need a ‘home’ for the servers and networking equipment.  That home can now be an IBM Solutions Store London data centre owned and operated by Virtus.

 

“Virtus already has a thriving community of MSPs, ISVs and CSPs growing in its highly flexible and efficient data centre space in London. So it makes perfect sense to become part of the IBM Solutions community and deliver the high quality colocation facilities these partners need in order to complete their IT projects,” added Cresswell.

 

For Solution Store end users, beginning-to-end IBM solutions are now available through IBM and its partners, and for IBM Solution Store partners, efficient, flexible, high-quality connectivity-rich and affordable colocation is available directly from Virtus.

 

As an IBM Solutions Store Partner, Virtus will offer cooperative and collaborative marketing and business development initiatives with other Solutions Store Partners who provide complementary services such as managed services, or application hosting. Virtus will also offer partners office space and demonstration facilities at its data centres for them and their clients.

 

Virtus’ track record of not only 100% uptime, but also of successful implementation of data centre environments, matches the quality and commitment of other partners in the IBM Solutions Store. Virtus has helped numerous MSPs, ISVs and Cloud providers to design solutions and then rapidly deploy them.

 

Flexibility and affordability are high on the list too – with products like the recently launched CoLo-on-Demand; Virtus’ colocation costs were recently reported to be half those of Docklands-based data centres. Building connectivity-rich data centres means that there are also many high quality competitive carriers available at Virtus facilities.

 

“With our flexible product offerings, unique outer London locations (as little as 0.17 milliseconds round trip latency to London’s financial centres), our eco-efficient designs and the lowest possible TCO in London,  Virtus is the ideal colocation partner for IBM based IT solutions,” said Cresswell

 

“Above all we help our partners to find new business opportunities and we pride ourselves in being the most flexible and ‘easy to do business with’ data centre company in London.”

Virtus Data Centres sponsors EuroCloud

Virtus Data Centres (‘Virtus’), London’s most modern and flexible data centre specialist announces today that it will be the sole sponsor for EuroCloud’s monthly meet up.

Discussing the future of the Cloud, September’s event will bring together five thought leaders, including IBM’s UK & Ireland Cloud Lead, Doug Clark, to give presentations. This will be followed by a moderated panel session, at which the audience can test the robustness of the leaders’ vision, and then wrapped up with a networking after-party. The event will be attended by 40 to 50 Cloud CEO’s and CTO’s from across the Cloud industry.

Join the speakers, EuroCloud members and Virtus at 15:30 on Thursday 19th September at the Furniture Makers Hall. If you would like to come along, follow the link below. Attendance is open to all and free for EuroCloud members.

http://www.eurocloud.org.uk/_m1723/events

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About Virtus

Virtus is London’s most modern and flexible data centre specialist. Its high quality, environmentally efficient and carrier rich data centres are the power and connectivity behind London’s financial, media, cloud and digital economy businesses.

Since 2008 it has built and operated highly connected data centres located in prime but cost effective locations close to the centre of London. Its sites provide multi-use, highly resilient and secure Tier 3 facilities, ideally flexible for handling a broad range of requirements for businesses of all sizes.

By owning and designing its own data centres it has maintained an emphasis on high power density and environmentally friendly cooling technology.  This maximises efficiency, minimises environmental impact and reduces operating costs for its clients.

Today it continues to innovate in the way businesses of all types buy data centre services to ensure it exceed its clients’ expectations in quality, flexibility, service and value.

For more information please go to: www.virtusdatacentres.com or contact us on twitter: @VirtusDCs.

Brand-Rex Celebrates 40 Years Of Success

Brand-Rex, the leading supplier of copper and fibre optic based network infrastructure solutions for enterprises, data centres and extreme environments, has reached a significant milestone in its illustrious history by celebrating 40 years in business. The company will take a nostalgic look back as it commemorates four decades of manufacturing excellence with staff, partners and customers over the coming months.

Brand-Rex Ltd was founded in 1972 as a joint venture between Brand-Rex Corporation and British Enkalon to manufacture computer based cabling. Several locations were shortlisted for the company before the ‘new town’ of Glenrothes in Scotland was finally chosen as it already had a large number of high technology companies in the local area and could support industrial growth. Brand-Rex Ltd has remained there ever since and is now one of the town’s largest employers.

The company opened its doors with an initial staff of just 25 – a far cry from the 300 employees that it has in 2012. One member of that original group, George Wright has been employed by Brand-Rex ever since and he and his colleagues were all given £40 worth of vouchers to celebrate this occasion.

The company spent much of the 1970s developing its ethos of manufacturing excellence and, as a result, was soon appointed as a major supplier to IBM in the UK, France and Germany. The 1980s and 1990s brought more success and it launched its first Category 5 cable range in 1992 and then the GigaPlus Category 5e range of solutions in 1997.

After going through various changes of ownership, the new century saw Brand-Rex focus its attention on developing a series of solutions that would cement its position as the premier structured cabling supplier. Installers, consultants and end users looking for ultimate performance and future proofing capabilities welcomed solutions including Cat6Plus in 2002 and 10GPlus in 2006.

In 2008 Brand-Rex was purchased by Murray Capital – bringing the ownership of the company back to Scotland – and has since gone from strength to strength, achieving year-on-year growth thanks to innovative high density solutions including the groundbreaking 10GPlus Zone Cable.

Throughout its history Brand-Rex has always prided itself on its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and it recently invested a six-figure sum in its production infrastructure, including the redesign of its engineering and technical office space to double its capacity. The company has also forged an enviable reputation for its environmental credentials and in 2011 announced that its global organisational and operational activities had achieved Carbon Neutral Status in accordance with PAS 2060.

‘The last 40 years have been a remarkable time for Brand-Rex and a look back over the company’s history brings home what a truly unique, innovative and world class organisation it is,’ commented Paul Lines, Brand-Rex CEO. ‘Our determination to exceed our customers’ expectations through a combination of innovation, unrivalled levels of service and manufacturing excellence has served us magnificently over this time and we look forward to continuing to develop the very best products and systems for the next 40 years and beyond.’

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Expert advice offered at free ‘Data Centre Improvement Seminar’

Data centre infrastructure specialist Siemon is to lead a team of industry experts to host a unique series of four, Pan-European seminars, focusing on data centre improvement strategies.  Siemon’s seminar partners include IBM, Austin Hughes, Future-Tech, Daxten, GallifordTry and CB Richard Ellis.  A limited number of free places are now being offered for the UK seminar,to be held on the morning of 10 May, at Pure Tech Racing near Gatwick in Surrey. To register or to download a seminar programme, visit:

http://www.siemon.com/email/events/2011/03/london_reg.asp#reg.

According to Siemon, this educational event brings together key data centre experts to share knowledge, discuss experiences and debate real world data centre improvement strategies.  Attendees will hear from an elite line up of data centre opinion leaders, with subjects ranging from design and build, to power and cooling, monitoring, active and passive equipment, life cycles and green considerations.

An unusual venue has been chosen to provide an adrenalin-inducing finale to the morning seminar, as the event is being held at the Pure Tech Racing Centre where, following lunch, attendees can experience the world’s most advanced Formula1 racing simulators.  This facility fuses the most advanced racing simulation with real world racing to create a totally new and entertaining sport – perfect for an experience seeking audience.

The audience for this event will comprise CIOs, CTOs, IT managers, data centre managers, infrastructure managers, facilities professionals, networking engineers and consultants.  70 places are available at each event, with a programme that visits London, Amsterdam, Madrid and Paris.

The seminar programme includes:

  • Chris Scott of IBM: ‘blueprint for a smarter data centre’
  • Carrie Higbie of Siemon: ‘building a green data centre – the agile way’
  • Pete Sands of Future Tech: ‘Introduction to infrastructure design and operational best practice’
  • Richard Gray of Austin Hughes: ‘who is responsible for your data?’
  • John Donald of Daxten: ‘power and cooling optimisation – extracting maximum efficiency’
  • Martin Carroll of CB Richard Ellis: ‘data centre market update’
  • Paul Griffiths of Weatherite: ‘utilising direct air free cooling’

“Ultimate performance is an obvious theme with the world-class racing venue chosen for this event,” explained Siemon’s managing director Steven Foster.  “We believe that improvement strategies for data centres must focus first on essential performance, whilst also addressing other critical demands in terms of efficiency and environmental responsibility.  Just like Pure Tech, we want to put everyone in the driver’s seat; making our subjects as engaging as possible.  The speaker line up provides an unmatched opportunity for data centre professionals to hear best practice improvement advice and gain access to industry experts with invaluable expertise to share.”

The ‘European Data Centre Improvement Strategies Seminar’ is being held on Tuesday 10 May 2011, from 8.30am to 1.30pm at the Pure Tech Racing Centre in Horley, Surrey.  All attendees are promised literature packs containing all the speaker resource materials.

About Siemon

Established in 1903, Siemon is an industry leader specialising in the manufacture and innovation of high quality, high-performance copper and optical fibre network cabling solutions. With offices and partners throughout the world, Siemon offers a global service and has a reputation for delivering market leading performance with systems that maximise efficiency and return on investment.

Siemon’s products include the most comprehensive suite of copper available, in both unshielded and shielded twisted-pair, for category 5e, category 6 (Class E), category 6A (Class EA) and category 7/7A (Class F/FA) standards performance.  The company’s optical fibre range includes both multimode and singlemode cabling systems.  In addition to cabling systems, the company has developed specific and specialised products for network provision in both enterprise and hosted data centre environments, often partnering with other global industry leaders in delivery of complete solutions for these markets.  With over 400 patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and development of industry standards, underlining the company’s long-term commitment to its customers and the industry.

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Siemon Network Cabling Systems Support IBM’s Enterprise Modular Data Centre (EMDC) Solution

Siemon has announced that its network cabling solutions can now be implemented as a part of IBM’s enhanced Enterprise Modular Data Centre (EMDC) programme.  EMDC is a large data centre design concept which uses pre-engineered design strategies, allowing customers to meet unpredictable business and IT demands.   By building to a design that allows customers to increase density and footprint as required, clients can scale their data centres when needed without disruption to existing operations.

To bring this vision of large modular, plug and play data centres to the market, Siemon will work collaboratively with IBM and its global ecosystem of the world’s leading data centre physical infrastructure providers. End-to-end Siemon network cabling systems that complement IBM’s EMDC solution include high-performance Z-MAX™ category 6A and TERA® category 7A twisted pair copper, plus 10, 40 and 100-Gigabit-ready fibre optic cabling, the MapIT™ G2 Intelligent Infrastructure Management System and super density VersaPOD data centre cabinets.

Siemon’s full network cabling infrastructure solution set, as well as their expert support network and global footprint, fully aligns with IBM’s vision that data centres can be constructed in a flexible way with the ability to scale on-demand. This, they claim, can significantly reduce initial capital and operating costs.  In addition to Siemon’s network cabling and data centre infrastructure capabilities, the IBM EMDC collaboration includes existing and new partners in power, cooling, monitoring and management, working with data centre architecture and engineering to help clients design, build and operate modular data centres.

“More than 60 per cent of CIOs around the world are expecting significant change brought by soaring data volumes, increasingly complex analyses and ever larger populations of users.  The struggle to respond to changing IT requirements to fit business demands is outdating a classic approach to building large, monolithic data centres which have to last 20 or more years.” said Steven Sams, vice president, Global Site and Facilities Services.  “By working with Siemon to deliver innovative data centre infrastructure, IBM enhances its global ability to lead data centre innovation and meet changing requirements with a very flexible plug and play approach – allowing data centre capabilities to be added – and paid for – when and where they are needed.”

As part of a supplier agreement between IBM and Siemon and based on IBM client requirements, EMDC solutions may be deployed with Siemon’s high-performance cabling systems, including the IBM-branded FTS I-Line.  Launched globally as part of IBM’s Fibre Transport System (FTS), the IBM FTS I-Line is a specialised offering of high-performance plug and play pre-terminated fibre cabling, developed specifically under Siemon’s strict quality guidelines. Constructed of laser optimised multimode and singlemode fibre optic cable and components, the IBM FTS I-Line provides IBM’s global customers with future-proof support of critical data centre links including 10 Gb/s, as well as future 40 and 100 Gb/s applications. Utilised within the EDMC, the IBM FTS I-Line offers a highly flexible and scalable cabling infrastructure, capable of supporting a wide range of vendor equipment configurations with simple plug and play implementation.

IBM’s EMDC may also be supported by Siemon’s high-performance twisted pair copper cabling solutions, including end-to-end shielded and UTP copper cabling systems, ranging from category 5e to 10Gb/s category 6A and to the highest performing fully shielded category 7A TERA system.   Global access to Siemon’s comprehensive line of copper cabling systems allows IBM to ensure that its EMDC solutions are outfitted with the a high quality, high performance cabling infrastructure to help maximise their clients’ return on investment and deliver best in class products to supports their clients’ requirements, anywhere in the world.

To learn about Siemon’s comprehensive line of copper and fibre optic network cabling solutions, visit: www.siemon.com

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IBM’s Enterprise Modular Data Centre is one member of the IBM data centre family ® of solutions to drive greater advancements in energy efficiencies by making data centres more flexible in matching IT needs to capital and operating costs.

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About Siemon

Established in 1903, Siemon™ is an industry leader specialising in the manufacture and innovation of high quality, high-performance network cabling solutions. With global offices and partners throughout the world, Siemon offers the most comprehensive suite of copper (unshielded and shielded twisted-pair) and fibre cabling systems available and is one of only three network cabling infrastructure companies worldwide with true global partnership capabilities. With over 400 active patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and development of industry standards, underlining the company’s long-term commitment to its customers and the industry.

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Siemon network cabling supports IBM’s Portable Modular Data Centre (PMDC)

Released: December 2009

Network infrastructure specialist Siemon announces that its products can be implemented within IBM’s Portable Modular Data Centre (PMDC), being displayed at the Gartner Data Center Conference in early December at Ceasar’s Palace in Las Vegas.  Siemon products include high-performance category 6A and 7A twisted pair copper cabling systems, MapIT G2 intelligent infrastructure management (IIM) as well as 10, 40 and 100-Gigabit-ready, plug and play fibre optic cabling systems.

IBM’s PMDC is a high-density containerised data centre solution that allows IBM clients to quickly and easily create or expand existing data centre floor space without major construction or building retrofit. Designed to be both compact and extremely energy-efficient, the PMDC approach can potentially reduce operating costs and carbon footprint.

To enhance rapid and efficient deployment, IBM’s PMDCs are delivered as pre designed modular units that can include power, cooling, fire detection and suppression, access control and more.  Designed to provide an open IT infrastructure, the PMDC containers offer complete, equipment-ready racks and cabling systems, supporting a wide array of equipment vendors, types, configurations and mounting styles. 

“In a global economy, many organisations are finding they require remote or mobile data centres for installation in a wide variety of locations around the world,” said Steve Sams, IBM vice president, Global Site and Facilities Services. “By working with Siemon to deliver innovative products, IBM has been able to provide clients with a flexible and efficient data centre solution, closer to clients, manufacturing sites and remote operations.”

As part of a supplier agreement between IBM and Siemon, PDMCs can be delivered with Siemon cabling already installed and ready to connect.   Based on IBM client requirements, these pre-installed cabling infrastructures may include any of Siemon’s high-performance cabling systems, including the IBM-branded FTS I-Line.  Launched globally as part of IBM’s Fiber Transport System (FTS), the IBM FTS I-Line is a specialised offering of high-performance plug and play pre-terminated fibre cabling, developed specifically under Siemon’s strict quality guidelines. Constructed of laser optimised multimode and singlemode fibre optic cable and components, the IBM FTS I-Line provides IBM’s global customers with future-proof support of critical data centre links including 10 Gb/s as well as future 40 and 100 Gb/s applications. Utilised within the PDMC, the IBM FTS I-Line offers a highly flexible and scalable cabling infrastructure, capable of supporting a wide range of vendor equipment configurations with simple plug and play implementation.

IBM’s PMDC may also be delivered with Siemon’s high-performance twisted pair copper cabling systems, including end-to-end shielded and UTP copper cabling ranging from category 5e to 10Gb/s category 6A, to the highest performing fully shielded category 7A TERA® system.   

Global access to Siemon’s comprehensive line of copper cabling systems allows IBM to ensure that its PMDC solutions are outfitted with a high quality, high performance cabling infrastructure to help maximise their clients’ return on investment and deliver best in class products to supports their clients’ requirements, anywhere in the world.

For more information on IBM’s PMDC solution visit: www.ibm.com  

To learn about Siemon’s comprehensive line of copper and fibre optic network cabling solutions, visit: www.siemon.com/uk .

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About Siemon

Established in 1903, Siemon™ is an industry leader specialising in the manufacture and innovation of high quality, high-performance network cabling solutions. With global offices and partners throughout the world, Siemon offers the most comprehensive suite of copper (unshielded and shielded twisted-pair) and fibre cabling systems available and is one of only three network cabling infrastructure companies worldwide with true global partnership capabilities. With over 400 active patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and development of industry standards, underlining the company’s long-term commitment to its customers and the industry.

www.siemon.com/uk

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