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iomart Group Makes Multi-Million Pound Investment in Data Centre Fibre Network
High capacity fibre ring meets demand for connection to major metropolitan data centres around the UK
iomart Group plc has today announced a multi-million pound investment in a new optical fibre network that will provide its customers with the fastest connectivity and transit of data between its data centres and the main UK internet exchanges.
iomart Group plc (AIM:IOM) has entered into a 10 year agreement with Geo Networks Ltd (Geo) to deliver high capacity fibre connectivity into its six UK data centre locations. The new fibre network means that iomart will no longer rely on routing customers' connectivity via multiple providers, giving it total control over its own network.
Angus MacSween, CEO, iomart Group plc, said: "We are investing millions of pounds over the next decade to give iomart one of the fastest and most resilient fibre 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."
The new fibre network will provide a 1,860 kilometre business critical fibre superhighway linking iomart's six data centre locations in London, Glasgow, Manchester, Maidenhead, Nottingham and Leicester. Connectivity between iomart Group's Glasgow and London data centres will be four times faster than the current industry average.
Angus MacSween added: "This will significantly increase our current capacity and national reach, ensuring that we can provide customers with unlimited bandwidth and greater reliability and security, increasing their capability and potential to grow." Chris Smedley, Chief Executive of Geo commented, "Geo's business is all about providing dedicated fibre private network solutions to high growth businesses like iomart. These high performance networks give our customers scalability, security, speed of deployment and control and are the ideal solution for market-leading cloud computing and hosting businesses. We welcome iomart to our growing customer base and are confident that its customers will be delighted with the services they receive over this new fibre network."
A video explaining the benefits of the new network in more detail is available here.
Geo is the only company in the UK solely focused on the designing and building of bespoke dedicated fibre network solutions. Geo’s revolutionary and flexible approach means that for the first time, organisations can own and control their networks, ensuring that security, high bandwidth and resilience are guaranteed. By allowing its customers to directly own and control the underlying optical fibre that is at the heart of their data network, Geo is the only truly open access network provider in the UK.
It provides an extensive range of solutions including fully managed networks, dark fibre and co-location services. Geo enables network solutions throughout the UK and in the London area. Customers include mobile operators, service providers, major banks and the public sector. This year Geo was named Vendor of the Year by eGaming Review magazine. The company was a finalist in the 2011 UK Customer Experience Awards, listed as the UK’s 3rd fastest growing telecoms & networking company in the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 list for 2010 and Geo was also shortlisted for the 2010 Sunday Times Tech Track 100: Barclays Corporate Performance Excellence Award.