Interoute to support Ark Data Centres on a new IT infrastructure project for the UK government
Interoute to support Crown Hosting Data Centres, a joint venture between Ark Data Centres and the Cabinet Office.
London, 11 May, 2015 - Ark Data Centres Limited an industry leader in data centre design, build and operation, has announced that it has chosen Interoute, owner operator of Europe's largest network infrastructure, to provide a high capacity low latency inter-data centre network between Ark’s Wiltshire and Hampshire campuses for the provision of data centre colocation services.
Ark recently announced that it has embarked on a joint venture with the Cabinet Office through Crown Hosting Data Centres to deliver an extensive data centre estate for central government and the public sector.
The services offered by Crown Hosting Data Centres will take advantage of Ark’s campus locations in Hampshire and Wiltshire which offer industry leading security, campus design and power usage efficiency (PUE) figures.
Interoute has constructed a Private Managed Optical Network between the Ark campuses. Interoute is uniquely positioned to provide unlimited capacity between all Ark locations with diverse fibre routes, building entries, racks and equipment; along with market leading service levels and delivery lead-times. All Interoute services between the Ark campuses are CESG Assured Service (Telecoms), CAS(T), approved and Interoute was recently awarded Direct Network Service Provider (DNSP) status by the Cabinet Office.
Steve Webb, CIO at Ark Data Centres, said “Ark and Vtesse (Vtesse was acquired by Interoute in October 2014) have a successful history of working together, which began in 2008 with the development of Ark’s first campus in Wiltshire. Vtesse, now Interoute, has maintained an outstanding level of service delivery, innovating where others were unable to deliver and so it is the perfect partner for our services to the public sector via Crown Hosting Data Centres.”
Jonathan Wright, Interoute’s Managing Director of the former Vtesse group, said “We have a long history with Ark and our relationship continues to go from strength to strength. We are thrilled that Ark has chosen to work with us again on such an extensive project and look forward to putting our expertise to work.”
Interoute’s UK network reach recently expanded as a result of its acquisition of Vtesse, as well as adding connectivity to an additional 55 UK data centres and 48 major towns and cities in England, Scotland and Wales.
Interoute Communications Ltd is the owner operator of Europe's largest cloud services platform, which encompasses over 67,000 km of lit fibre, 12 data centres, 13 Virtual Data Centres and 31 colocation centres, with connections to 195 additional third-party data centres across Europe. Its full-service Unified ICT platform serves international enterprises, as well as every major European telecommunications incumbent and the major operators of North America, East and South Asia, governments and universities. These organisations find Interoute the ideal partner for computing, connectivity and communications and developing new services. Its Unified ICT strategy has proved attractive to enterprises looking for a scalable, secure and unconstrained platform on which they can build their voice, video, computing and data services, as well as service providers in need of high capacity international data transit and infrastructure. With established operations throughout mainland Europe, North America and Dubai, Interoute also owns and operates dense city networks throughout Europe's major business channels www.interoute.com
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About Ark Data Centres
Ark Data Centres designs, constructs and operates some of the UK's most efficient data centres. It has pioneered the use of free air-cooling, a unique monitoring system, real time dynamic cooling and load matching technology that gives its clients the lowest total cost of ownership (TCO) along with the greatest operational flexibility. Dedicated to innovation, Ark’s modular, state-of-the-art campuses in Hampshire and Wiltshire were the first to contractually guarantee power usage efficiency (PUE) for clients.
An independent company that prides itself on being easy to do business with, Ark Data Centres has saved both millions of pounds and millions of tonnes of carbon emissions for organisations in the defence, telecommunications, government and financial services sectors. Capable of operating at the highest levels of security, Ark’s incremental approach to building out its data centre campuses means it is constantly innovating, building to the latest operational requirements of its clients and minimising the operational legacy. Through an optimised logistics support chain it has and will continue to deliver operational data centres in as little as 12 - 16 weeks.