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Norwich data centre the second UK-wide to provide super-fast Janet IT services
Janet, the ultra-fast IT network, is now available to small and medium businesses from a second UK commercial data centre – MIGSOLV’s high security Norwich facility – in a move to boost the digital economy.
This will provide small and medium businesses as well as public bodies with access to a wide range of new markets, including many organisations connected to private government networks.
By providing a commercial Janet connection, MIGSOLV’s Gatehouse data centre becomes second only to Goonhilly Earth Station, the satellite and space centre in Cornwall.
While Janet has been developed over the last 30 years primarily for academic and research institutions, this now means any small/medium businesses and public bodies can connect to the network by placing their IT systems in MIGSOLV’s data centre.
MIGSOLV’s Janet connection is delivered in partnership with high-performance network provider Next Connex.
The connection provides links into the highly secure Public Services Network (PSN), N3 NHS network and Police National Network, opening up a large public sector marketplace for small and medium businesses. This will be of particular value to companies on the government’s G-Cloud scheme, which aims to help them sell cloud computing services to government bodies.
Public bodies which place their IT in The Gatehouse will also have access to a Janet connection – many for the first time – enabling them to work with a much wider range of suppliers and partners.
David Manning, Managing Director of MIGSOLV, says: “We’re thrilled to be only the second UK commercial facility to offer a Janet connection. It’s a prestigious, ultra-fast network – and a great fit with our data centre, which is one of the most secure in the world.
“Our Janet link opens up a vast new marketplace for companies and public bodies alike which choose to use our data centre services.”
This move is a joint initiative between MIGSOLV, Next Connex and Jiscom – Janet’s commercial arm, whose remit is to broaden the network’s user base in order to boost the UK’s digital economy.
Janet (originally the ‘Joint Academic Network’) comprises over 5,000 km of optical fibre and has over 18 million users. Its backbone runs at 100Gbit/s, with an interconnect capacity of around 40Gbit/s. For more, visit www.jiscom.uk.
Next Connex designs, builds and supports high-performance network infrastructure. The company operates its own UK core fibre network, providing services to systems integrators, service providers, IT companies and telco carriers. For more, visit www.nextconnex.com, or contact 01932 505 999 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MIGSOLV operates The Gatehouse data centre on a nine-acre site in Norwich. The facility is free of terrorism and flood risks and incorporates rigorous security measures including access by iris recognition, CCTV coverage of every square inch of the site, microwave intruder detection and advanced fire protection systems. For more, visit www.migsolv.com.