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Isle of Man Datacentre Services

The Isle of Man is home to six datacentres, each with resilient cooling, power and security systems. Typical services include colocation, cloud, IP transit and managed hosting. The Island also many fibre networks connecting the Isle of Man to the UK and Ireland for onward connectivity.

Datacentre List

  1. Continent8Isle of Man DC
  2. DomiciliumRonaldsway
  3. Manx-TelecomDouglas North
  4. Manx-TelecomGreenhill 
  5. Netcetera – The Dataport
  6. Wi-ManxHeywood House

* For this blog post, I would define a datacentre as a facility with more than 50 racks capacity. It must also have the typical infrastructure components (fire suppression, UPS, generators, security, etc.). Many Isle of Man ISPs and network operators have Points of Presence, but they are out of scope for this article.

You can view the specification and service offerings of each provider on their respective websites.

There is one underlying feature across all the datacentres; they all benefit from the Isle of Man’s robust power and communications infrastructure. The Isle of Man Government, known for its “can-do” approach to business, provides the right environment for digital businesses to flourish. It is no coincidence the Isle of Man is home to some of the world’s leading blockchain, digital, e-gaming and financial services organisations.

A wealth of choice

The fact the Island has five datacentre operators (and six datacentres) provides the customer with a wealth of choice. It gives them the power to evaluate each operator’s technical and commercial proposition, while Cloud technology presents the opportunity to spread their solution across multiple datacentres, delivering unparalleled resilience.

Each datacentre (and operator) has its particular strengths and USPs, and their service portfolio and commercial model.

Typical services include:

Navigate the Isle of Man Datacentre market

We have over a decade of experience working with clients who have opted to locate their infrastructure in the Island’s datacentres. Our customers include established Isle of Man businesses, alongside the UK, European and international businesses.

Whether you have a new hosting requirement or are contemplating a change in your existing hosting arrangements, MTG can help.

We can provide the following services:

  • Understanding your business, regulatory and technical requirements.
  • Evaluating each vendor and hosting facility.
  • Formulating a tender or RFP relating to your project.
  • Approaching each vendor, arranging tours and commercial proposals.
  • Isle of Man IT Support and Managed Security.
  • Evaluating bids and proposed solutions.
  • Contract and solution management.
  • Hardware procurement, technical build and ongoing service management.

Our expertise in hosting, networking, telecoms and the Isle of Man market, all ensure you will benefit from our vast experience in this field.  Our expertise extends to the following verticals; e-gaming, financial services, Biomed, digital currencies, startups and energy companies. Our technical experience covers a broad range of scenarios including e-commerce platforms, Isle of Man IT support, managed security, VDI, private cloud, DR/BCP, replication and high-density computing.

Communications

None of Europe’s Tier-1 Transit providers has a POP on the Isle of Man. However, the Island is well served by several ISPs and network operators. Each provider operates its own ASN and transit networks.

  • Continent 8 – AS14537
  • Bluewave – AS201898
  • Domicilium – AS15766
  • Manx Telecom – AS13122
  • Netcetera – AS24851
  • Sure – AS8680
  • Wi-Manx – AS42455

E-llan Communications also offers an extensive on-Island optical transport network available to operators. The E-llan portfolio also includes WDM/Ethernet services to the UK.

Internet Exchange

Despite the presence of several datacentres and a mature internet environment, surprisingly the Isle of Man does not have its Internet Exchange Point (IXP). The majority of Isle of Man Networks/ASNs typically peer at LINX London, LINX Manchester or through upstream transit. Inter-ASN latency can be ~25ms (IOM to IOM).

There have been several past efforts to create an Isle of Man IXP, but due to a lack of enthusiasm or perceived need amongst operators, nothing ever came to fruition.

Latency

Latency from the Isle of Man to Manchester is ~2ms and ~8ms to London. Inter-ASN latency between IOM operators can be 20-30ms, depending on network path/service/etc.

Service Options

All the providers offer IP transit, WAN and network services.

Are you developing an Isle of Man Datacentre Presence?

We regularly work in all six Isle of Man datacentres on behalf of our client base. If you have a requirement to host in the Isle of Man; whether for Blockchain, e-Gaming or a Digital Business application – then get in touch to see how we can assist. We can supply hardware, rack and configure, provide remote-hands or network consultancy.

Isle of Man Colocation and Cloud

MTG also provides colocation and cloud services in the Isle of Man, within our colocation space in the Isle of Man DCs.

Speak to the Isle of Man datacentre experts

Contact MTG today to see how your business can benefit from our experience in the Isle of Man hosting market. Whether you want to review your existing arrangements for budgetary reasons or you want to evaluate your existing technical environment – we can help.

Call us on +44 1624 777837 or e-mail sales@mtg.im

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Joe Hughes is the CEO of Manx Technology Group. Joe has a background in software development, information security, networks, datacentres and enterprise IT.
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