Manchester colocation, whether it be for cloud hosting, simple offsite backup, high capacity. mission critical, network connectivity (we can deliver 10gb direct to servers), security or simply server space, a colocation service is a core part of your businesses operational capability. The choice of Manchester colocation partner is key and one of the most important decisions that a growing business can make.
With a purpose-built, highly available data centre facility only 2 miles from Piccadilly in the centre of Manchester, United Kingdom, Sequential Networks should be your first choice when searching for Manchester colocation services ideal for production and disaster recovery being on a totally separate power grid to the city.
More than simply renting colocation space, or buying a dedicated server, Sequential Networks has repeatedly proven that it can differentiate itself by providing best in class service at highly competitive prices in its Manchester colocation facility. With ample, highly available, modern and well-designed rack space, this facility is a natural choice to build your business-critical IT estate.
The Sequential Networks, Manchester colocation hosting facility is purpose-built to offer a full range of hosting and colocation services. The state of the art data centre offers over 9000 square feet of highly configurable rack space spread over three floors.
Manchester – The Facility
Based in Manchester, the Sequential Networks facility is highly resilient and able to offer a range of hosting plans from a single 1U appliance for remote off-site backup, right through to multiple full racks supporting complex hybrid-cloud architectures.
The Manchester data centre has been designed from the outset to provide the highest levels of physical security and availability.
As well as intruder alarm systems, multifactor authentication is needed to access the data centre facility. Access control is monitored by 24/7/365 onsite security and a remote network management centre.
Extensive recorded CCTV covers the outside of the colocation data centre and its immediate environment. The interior of the data centre facility is also extensively covered by CCTV, not only reception areas but work areas, corridors, hosting space and individual racks. All activity is constantly monitored and recorded.
Resilient redundant power connectivity of up to 10kW per cabinet can be provided. To protect against damaging power outages, a highly resilient power supply infrastructure is implemented at the Manchester data centre facility.
Starting with a protected on-site electrical substation, interior systems and cooling plant are further supported by high capacity battery backup and UPS and a pair of high capacity, long-run diesel generators. On-site bunkering of fuel allows for several days of completely off-grid running if required. Industrially rated switchgear ensures a smooth transition to (And from) the various electrical sources, ensuring that power quality is never compromised.
All floors are arranged with full hot and cold aisle cooling with full N+1 redundancy, delivering exceptional levels of cooling performance in the most environmental manner possible. Cooling systems are monitored by the onsite personnel and our remote network operations centre teams.
Of course, extensive fire protection and suppression systems are also in place at this facility. Both heat and VESDA smoke detection sensors are used to detect combustion. VESDA in particular is exceptionally sensitive and reactive. Coupled to the detection systems, a CO2 fire suppression system is present on all floors and secondary heat reduction and suppression systems are in place to prevent spread, adjacent systems damage and re-ignition risks.
Our on-site data centre team are an extension of the customer IT teams, providing routine maintenance and highly capable incident response. Therefore, Sequential Networks also operate a rich service model. Comprising both an on-site capability and a remote network operations centre and delivering services that range from a simple remote hands capability right through to rich managed application service capability.
Our SLA is stringent and our data centre facility and service management teams are rightly proud of their rapid response times and strive to create trusted relationships with customers. During implementation, our teams work hand in hand with customers through physical and network planning, design, testing, staging and implementation. Our facility has dedicated build areas for local build, staging and diagnostics operations.
No colocation build is complete without connectivity. At Sequential, we are aggressively carrier neutral. For external connection, the Manchester hosting facility has high capacity onsite dark fibre from a range of suppliers including OpenReach, Vodafone, Virgin Media and others; allowing both high capacity inter-site links and carrier diversity. Internally the site has a full 10G fabric – allowing high capacity distribution either via ethernet or via SFP direct to the server.
And finally – a word on diversity. Whilst our Manchester Colocation is one of the most secure and high-availability data centres in the region when it comes to protecting critical data assets, some geographic diversity is invaluable. Sequential is not a single site operation. We are able to offer a second London location, with a high capacity interconnect to provide exceptional survivability. And of course, this site is supported by the same team, with the same work ethic as our Manchester site. Whether it be for a simple off-site backup or as a full failover location, our infrastructure can provide the level of assurance your business needs.