Virtus Data Centres (‘Virtus’), a colocation provider operating two carrier-neutral data centers within the M25 greater London region, has just added over 200 more network providers to its premises, over 50 of whom are cloud and other managed ICT service providers.
The colocation provider is able to expand access to so many new network providers at a stroke thanks to its new deal with Openreach who have extended their massive fiber network into Virtus’ LON1 facility in Enfield. Openreach is responsible for the first mile of the UK access network – the copper wires and fiber connecting homes and businesses to their local telephone exchanges. Openreach is part of BT, one of the world’s largest providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries.
10Mb/s up to multiple 10Gb/s
The open, wholesale nature of Openreach’s network means that all UK communications providers can access its fiber network on equivalent terms. This allows Virtus to offer their customers high speed Ethernet and other connectivity services from a wide choice of communications providers.
The dedicated fiber link from Openreach will provide a range of high bandwidth options, from 10Mb/s up to multiple 10Gb/s services. This will allow Virtus’ customers to access their mission critical information stored at the data center via fast, secure and resilient backhaul links.
Virtus already has a number of Tier I and Tier 2 carriers on-net including Level (3), Virgin Media, Geo Networks, Exponential-e, C4L and BT. The Openreach diverse fiber network adds far more carrier choice which will be particularly beneficial for Virtus’ CoLo-on-Demand customers. CoLo-on-Demand was recently introduced by Virtus as a new product set designed to enable cloud providers and other customers with short-term dynamic capacity needs, to satisfy their data center requirements.