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Case Study

Service provider expands IFL2 presence

Background to UK Grid

UK Grid was formed in November 2004 by a small team of internet industry experts who were all running their own successful businesses. Collectively they saw the benefit of aligning their individual businesses and so UK Grid was formed. UK Grid's initial service offering was the resell of IP Transit and co-location in Manchester, however they very quickly grew to a point that required a higher level of reliability and scalability. Following significant changes to the company's strategy, and a merger with Webstyle Internet Ltd., UK Grid decided to build their own IP Transit network, allowing them to diversify into new markets and aggressively pursue larger clients in both London and Manchester.

UK Grid Requirements

Already having a small amount of co-location space in IFL and being confident of IFL's ability to deliver a quality service, UK Grid naturally turned to IFL for their ambitious expansion plans. However, their requirements differed from their early days of having only a 10 rack self contained suite, they now required an eighteen rack self contained suite that was able to expand alongside their business. As well as being able to connect to other leading providers, they also wanted to build extra redundancy into their new network by connecting to the UK's major peering points; LINX, LoNAP, Lipex, MaNAP and also IFL's own Internet Exchange, MCIX.

"Having a presence at five of the UK's peering points, including IFL's exchange point MCIX, allows us to deliver a robust and solid service to our customers. We have many peering partners in the UK, making our service fast and efficient".
Patrick Doyle, UK Grid, Technical Director

The Solution

Ticking all the boxes in terms of UK Grid's technical and business requirements, IFL provided UK Grid with a self contained fully equipped eighteen rack suite at their newest facility, Reynolds House, otherwise known as IFL2. Already housing some of the UK's largest corporations and being experienced in managing rapidly expanding Internet service providers, IFL were confident of their ability to make UK Grid's expansion run smoothly.

"The staff at IFL have been a god send during our expansion, advising us every step of the way right down to how to manage our power and connectivity at the facility. We have had no technical issues and their remote hands service is very good".
Rob Garbutt, UK Grid, Managing Director

UK Grid's new suite is protected by IFL's n+1 UPS systems, VESDA smoke detection and FM200 fire suppressant, non-ozone depleting n+1 air conditioning, which is backed up by 24x7x365 technical support and manned security.

The Results

Since making the decision to expand into a self contained suite at IFL2 and to built their own fully redundant, low latency national network, UK Grid have continued to grow at a fast pace. It was paramount that UK Grid chose a quality co-location facility that could cope with their technical and commercial demands, and moving forward, would be able to support them in becoming one of the UKs leading providers.

Existing customer growth such as that shown by UKGrid is absolutely essential to IFL's success. In an extremely competitive industry it is a credit to UKGrid, and testament to their quality of service, that not only are they one of our largest but consistently remain one of our strongest growth customers.
With the foundations provided by IFL data centres and the considerable value added by UKGrid services, infrastructure and technical expertise, the relationship should continue to deliver excellent results long into the future.
Matthew Edgley, IFL, Sales Manager

UK Grid is confident that IFL will continue to provide a quality and secure environment for their growing business and although they have signed a contract for the next three years, they fully expect to be there for a lot longer.

For more inforation about the services that UK Grid provide visit their website www.ukgrid.net.