“PEER 1 Hosting has one of the most cost-effective offerings to meet our overall requirements, whilst having the functionality with its facilities to take us into other service areas if we wished to" Ian Martin, Federation of Small Businesses
Southampton, UK (PRWEB UK) 22 August 2012
The UK’s largest campaigning group for the self-employed and owners of small firms approached Calyx and its strategic web hosting partner PEER 1 Hosting to provide a more secure and robust environment for its colocation services. PEER 1 Hosting’s colocation facility at its new state-of-the-art 5,372m2 datacentre in Portsmouth provides access to IT services, office applications and its Intranet and website, which supports around 200,000 FSB members.
Ian Martin, head of systems and data at the Federation of Small Businesses said: “As an organisation we regularly review our contracts. As part of this process we began to feel our previous IT hosting provider wasn’t meeting our requirements when it came to aspects around security and the robustness of our colocation environment. As a result, we turned to Calyx for a stronger solution.”
He continues: “PEER 1 Hosting has one of the most cost-effective offerings to meet our overall requirements, whilst having the functionality with its facilities to take us into other service areas if we wished to – such as the cloud. We are impressed by the robustness of the data centre and the colocation environment and that its services are connected by its 10Gbps network.”
“From a cultural perspective, the data centre’s green credentials were important, as we wanted an eco-friendly service. PEER 1 Hosting’s contribution to the local economy as a growing business also fitted with our ethos as an organisation.” he said.
The move of servers took place in May 2012, with equipment being switched off at 7pm on a Friday evening before the move to PEER 1 Hosting’s data centre in Portsmouth. By mid-afternoon the next day, key services were up and running due to the dedication of both Calyx and PEER 1 Hosting’s data centre staff. Everything was back online by Monday with no disruption to members’ services as people got back to work.
Ian comments: “During the move the PEER 1 Hosting team went out of its way to ensure we and Calyx had everything we needed, as well as being on site, which was above and beyond what you would expect with a colocation agreement.”
Amanda Dunn, director of business development EMEA at PEER 1 Hosting said: “Colocation is the solution for many companies across the UK who want to keep control but want a secure environment for their server racks. Our data centre is centrally located, has a PUE of 1.1 and is connected by our 10Gbps FastFiber™ Network. By working with our strategic partner Calyx, PEER 1 Hosting is able to make the transition to a new facility straightforward for customers, so users don’t see a loss of service and can be up and running as quickly as possible.”
About PEER 1 Hosting
PEER 1 Hosting is one of the world’s leading IT hosting providers. The company is built on two obsessions: Ping & People. Ping, represents its commitment to best-in-breed technology, founded on a high performance 10Gbps FastFiber Network™ connected by 20 state-of-the-art datacenters, 22 points-of-presence and 10 colocation facilities throughout North America and Europe. People, represents its commitment to delivering outstanding customer service to its more than 13,000 customers worldwide, backed by a 100 percent uptime guarantee and 24x7x365 FirstCall Support™. Info-Tech Research Group named PEER 1 Hosting as a “Champion” in its Canadian colocation and managed services Vendor Landscape report, recognizing the company’s strength in product offerings and enterprise strategy in the global IT marketplace. PEER 1 Hosting’s portfolio includes Managed Hosting, Dedicated Servers, Colocation and Cloud Services. Founded in 1999, the company is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, with European operations headquartered in Southampton, UK. PEER 1 Hosting shares are traded on the TSX under the symbol PIX. For more information visit: http://www.peer1hosting.co.uk.
About the Federation of Small Businesses
The FSB is the UK's leading business organisation with around 200,000 members. It exists to protect and promote the interests of the UK’s Real-Life Entrepreneurs who run their own business. More information is available at http://www.fsb.org.uk.
About Calyx Managed Services
Calyx Managed Services is the business of transformation, delivering managed services, connectivity, cloud services and technology infrastructure management, hardware maintenance and support. We are trusted by our customers to help them achieve what is important to them; providing service to their own customers and strategically transforming their business, rather than investing time and resources in managing their core technology infrastructure. We enable this by maximising the useful life of existing investments and taking advantage of new technologies, while simplifying the complex by integrating multiple technologies into a single service agreement. Our approach releases customers from technology constraints – IT can be problematic; we just sort it out.