Geo Networks Ltd today announced at IP EXPO a 10 year agreement with iomart Group plc – provider of managed hosting and cloud computing services – to deliver high capacity connectivity into its UK data centres.
Geo will provide a fully dedicated, diverse, business critical fibre optic ring connecting iomart Group’s six data centre sites across the UK. This 1,860km fibre superhighway will significantly increase iomart’s current capacity and national reach and will ensure that iomart can provide end users with unlimited bandwidth across current and new market sectors.
In line with iomart’s growing customer demand for high capacity bandwidth, Geo’s dedicated fibre will offer guaranteed latencies between data centre sites including London, Maidenhead, Manchester, Glasgow, Leicester and Nottingham. Latency between iomart’s London and Maidenhead data centres will become virtually instantaneous while the Glasgow to London route will be four times faster than current routes. Geo will manage the service, lighting multiple 10 gigabit wavelengths for high availability. This flexibility will enable iomart Group to enhance the services it currently offers, increasing capability and profitability whilst driving new business wins.
iomart’s new fibre network will be completely dedicated, without the need for IP switching creating a resilient and extremely secure, reliable network. In addition, Geo runs all its fibre through the London sewers and alongside the gas mains across the UK which adds an extra layer of protection and is an efficient way of delivering networks with very little disruption to the external environment.
“This will give us one of the fastest and most resilient fibre optic networks of any cloud computing company in the UK. Customers on our network will have the fastest connections allowing them to move huge amounts of data at the highest speeds wherever they are located. It allows us to take our network right up to our customers’ doors which is of huge benefit to organisations wanting secure, private cloud environments,” said Angus MacSween, CEO, iomart Group plc. “We chose Geo because they understood exactly what we were looking for and could deliver the latest optical fibre quickly and efficiently.”
Chris Smedley, Chief Executive at Geo commented, “As the only company in the UK which leases carrier-grade dedicated fibre, Geo can provide services faster than its competitors. Our business model is different from the traditional telco model, offering our customers greater choice and flexibility. We welcome iomart Group to our growing customer base and are confident that their clients will benefit from our bandwidth intensive, secure network services.”