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Bristol joins VIRTUS Data Centres

University of Bristol joins shared data centre facilities for education and research

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | July 27, 2016 | Research

VIRTUS Data Centres, the UK’s fastest growing data centre provider, has announced the latest member of the first national shared data centre for research and education, offered by Jisc. 

The University of Bristol joins 16 education and research establishments already benefiting from the shared facility at VIRTUS’ LONDON4

The university will use the data centre to host systems for business, teaching and research, including the next generation of BlueCrystal, their sector-leading high performance computing (HPC) facility. This is part of a ten-year strategy which will see the university shift the balance of their systems from on-site to third-party hosting.

The shared data centre framework agreement provided by VIRTUS and Jisc enables the University of Bristol to take advantage of the state-of-the-art, agile and flexible data centre ecosystem. It opens doors for increased collaboration for research projects and allows the 17 organisations to partner with each other to unlock innovations. 

Many universities and research institutions are reviewing their data centre strategies and exploring off-site facilities to create efficiencies, free up valuable estate and increase their opportunities for collaboration; but in doing so they want assurances that their sensitive data will be secure

Other benefits include reducing their carbon footprint and improved efficiency across core IT and on-premise data centre facilities that will also be used for teaching and other operational requirements.

LONDON4 is directly connected to the core of Jisc’s Janet network, the high capacity network for education and research. It means researchers can make use of fast, resilient and secure connectivity between data storage and high performance computing facilities, both nationally and globally.

Nick Skelton, assistant director of IT, University of Bristol, said: “We are delighted to be joining the shared data centre in partnership with VIRTUS and Jisc. This initiative delivers the capacity and flexibility we require and enhances our ability to engage with new opportunities. Working with experienced and trusted partners gives us the confidence that our critical systems are in safe hands. The quality of VIRTUS’ facility goes beyond anything we could have achieved independently.” 

Jeremy Sharp, director of strategic technologies, Jisc added: “Many universities and research institutions are reviewing their data centre strategies and exploring off-site facilities to create efficiencies, free up valuable estate and increase their opportunities for collaboration; but in doing so they want assurances that their sensitive data will be secure. Our framework agreement with VIRTUS meets these needs, while providing quick, resilient access via a direct connection to Janet – all adding up to the agreement being highly popular with the sector. We welcome the University of Bristol as the newest tenant.”

Picture - Bhagesh Sachania Photography

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