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Datacentre

MTG facilitate the Isle of Man Government datacentre move

The Isle of Man Government has completed a migration of its core ICT systems from its internal datacentre environment to third party Isle of Man datacentres operated by Manx-Telecom and Netcetera respectively. ServiceTech (now MTG ServiceTech), working with their partners Unisys and EMC played a key role in the move, relocating 25 racks of critical ICT equipment without any disruption to users.

In the Government press release, Mark Lewin, Director of Government Technology Services commented

The process started in 2014 and the contract was awarded to Manx Telecom following an open procurement exercise. This migration marks the completion of many months of planning and is a testament to the professionalism and teamwork shown by a great number of staff and a range of suppliers including Manx Telecom, ServiceTech, Island Express, Unisys and EMC.

Steve Foulkes, Director of ServiceTech added:

A move of this size requires careful planning and this project in particular demanded a strong collaboration between all parties. The whole project team were focused on the timely and successful delivery of this project – which was achieved.

For nearly two decades ServiceTech has delivered IT and network solutions, boasting a national client base that includes financial services, e-gaming, biomed, service provider and public sector customers.

ServiceTech design, implement and support technology solutions from vendors including Dell, EMC, IBM, Microsoft, VMWare, Fortinet and Huawei. After-sales support and maintenance is a key consideration for any business, the ServiceTech solutions team includes factory trained and vendor certified consultants.

ServiceTech were recently strengthened following the appointment of Joe Hughes to the board. Joe joins the company at a time when they are seeing unprecedented demand for their enterprise IT and consultancy services. Joe has a background in software development, networks, enterprise IT and datacentre environments. He was previously managing director of the Isle of Man telecoms, internet and datacentre solutions provider Wi-Manx.

For more about datacentre solutions, please see our Solutions Page.


Since this article was first published ServiceTech joined the Manx Technology Group. First established in 1996 MTG has over 20 years’ experience of providing technical solutions to private and public sector industries. Today we provide technology products, consulting and support services in a single package. Through members and strategic partnerships, MTG has access to over 150 technical experts and a service footprint covering the UK, Isle of Man, Channel Islands and ROI.

Thinking about mining Bitcoin?

The Isle of Man has a growing reputation in Digital Currency circles. The topics of digital currency regulation, KYC and banking are widely discussed.  On a technical level, nobody questions the Isle of Man’s capabilities in regards to power and its world class datacentre environment.

We have spoken with a number of Digital Currency prospects who have contemplated setting up in the Island, and others who already have.

As you would expect, we occasionally speak with firms contemplating “Mining” digital currencies. There are several challenges; the cost and availability of power, cooling and connectivity – then the costs associated with datacentre space, never mind the challenges of high density compute (HPC).

For those interesting in seeing how it is does in China, look no further!

 

Datacentre

Isle of Man Datacentre Services

As an Island, the Isle of Man is unique in the fact it is home to six datacentres*.

This makes the Isle of Man the number one location for hosting your mission critical IT assets.

Each datacentre boasts high speed connectivity, resilient power, cooling and security systems. In alphabetical order (provider/datacentre):

  1. Continent8 – Isle of Man DC
  2. Domicilium – Ronaldsway
  3. Manx-Telecom – Douglas North
  4. Manx-Telecom – Greenhill 
  5. Netcetera – The Dataport
  6. Wi-Manx – Heywood House

* I would define a datacentre as a facility with in excess of 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 E-business to flourish. It is no coincidence the Isle of Man is home to some of the world’s leading banks, financial services firms, e-gaming websites and digital currency startups.

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 operators technical and commercial proposition, whilst Cloud technology presents the opportunity to spread their solution across multiple datacentres, delivering unparalleled resilience.

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

Typical services include:

  • Colocation (IaaS)
  • Dedicated Servers
  • Cloud and Virtualisation
  • Platform services (PaaS)
  • Online backup and DR
  • Managed services
  • Network connectivity, WAN services and IP Transit

Navigate the market

MTG 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 UK, European and international businesses.

Whether you have a new hosting requirement, or are contemplating a change in your existing hosting arrangements, ServiceTech 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
  • 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 experience 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, VDI, private cloud, DR/BCP, replication and high density commute.

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 640400 or e-mail sales@mtg.im

Enterprise network

Why your business needs 10 Gigabit Ethernet

The rapid development of the modern enterprise network is nothing short of staggering. Even by today’s standards, 100Mbps and even 1Gbps are simply not up to scratch, there is now a move towards 10Gbps and 40Gbps networks.

To put that into context, 40Gbps is 4000x faster than 1997’s 10-Base-T network! You may ask what is driving the need for speed and the shift towards 10 Gigabit Ethernet (Also known as 10GE or 10Gbps).

What is driving the increase in speed?

We see two key areas driving the demand for ultra-high speed networks; Virtualisation (Cloud) and Big Data. What these two items have common is the need to transfer large amounts of data, in the shortest time possible. Legacy 100Mbps and even 1Gbps network simply cannot cope, hence the need for a bigger pipe – this is what 10Gbps provides.

As the computing power of servers improves and the sheer volume of data increases, the network must be improved to avoid a bottle necks

We have built and managed both service provider and enterprise networks, supporting e-commerce platforms, banks, media companies and financial services firms. In our experience, VMWare and the adoption of Storage Area Networks (SANS) are the biggest drivers.

How widespread is 10GE?

10 Gigabit Ethernet is growing at a rapid rate. A survey by Dell’ Oro is seeing a 40% growth of 10GE attach rates, year on year. It is predicted that by 2016, 10GE ports will be shipping more than their 1Gbps counterparts, whilst 100Mbps will be confined to the bin.

Upgrade to 10GE

 

Chances are, your business has a 100Mbps or 1Gbps access network, and a 1Gbps server or storage network. This is fine for traditional servers and IT functions, but not for modern day VMWare or Citrix virtualised environments. IT Managers and business owners should really be looking to upgrade their enterprise networks now, eliminating bottle necks and future proofing their business.

A recent survey of IT professionals found that both current requirements and future considerations were factors in adopting 10 GbE. The top five considerations were:

  • 43%: Server virtualization increases throughput requirements.
  • 42%: Current or anticipated data center traffic.
  • 41%: Costs have decreased to an acceptable level.
  • 36%: Data center consolidation is driving massive data center scale.
  • 35%: Current or future implementation of a private cloud in our data center.

These findings mirror what we are seeing with our customers.

How to upgrade?

Our team are experts in switched networks and we have first-hand experience across all major vendors. We can work with you to understand your business, your budget, your existing environment and learn to understand your future plans. These plans could consist of adding virtualisation workloads, a new SAN or replacing your aging enterprise network.

MTG are a Huawei partner, whose range of S5700 switches feature high density 1Gbps and 10Gbps ports – perfect for the modern day network. MTG are able to integrate these devices into your existing network environment, ensuring interoperability with any existing vendors (e.g. Cisco/HP/Juniper).

10GE is the new norm in enterprise networking and should be the minimum speed your business should be aiming for. If you would like to explore 10GE networking and learn how this can benefit your business, speak to MTG today. Call 01624 640400 or e-mail sales@mtg.im

 

 

 

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ServiceTech join MICTA

ServiceTech (now MTG ServiceTech) are pleased to announce we are now members of MICTA (the Manx ICT Association). MICTA represent the ICT sector in the Isle of Man and are integral to defining the digital and ICT strategy of the Isle of Man. You can learn more about MICTA here

MICTA have contributed to a strategy that forms part of the Isle of Man’s Vision2020. The Vision sets down ambitious plans for the Isle of Man, and in particular the ICT sector – in terms of growth, employment and developing education.

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