DCN June 2016 - Page 39

projects & agreements HYVE MANAGED HOSTING SUPPORTS INTERNET SUCCESS OF IDIOT UK DRIVERS EXPOSED UKFast goes extra mile for data centre users UKFast is set to build a state-of-the-art support and security hub, complete with accommodation for clients’ technical staff, at its data centre complex following a successful planning application with Trafford City Council. Plans for the DC Support Hub facility include plush bedrooms, relaxation areas, a working office space and Sky TV. In addition to providing an extra layer of security for UKFast’s data centres, DC Support Hub offers colocation clients the opportunity to accommodate technical staff, free of charge, while they carry out essential maintenance work during periods of low traffic during the night. Plans for DC Support Hub have been drawn up by Project 3 Architects, who have designed the facility as a direct response to the brief provided by UKFast. The designs outline a building with large expanses of glazing, over clad in a unique steel mesh to filter sunlight and provide a secure skin. A state-of-the-art office facility is located to the front of the building with a large glazed window overlooking the current UKFast site. IT INFRASTRUCTURE An online platform which highlights dangerous driving in the UK has selected a managed hosting service from Brightonbased provider Hyve to support its rapidly increasing levels of website traffic. Established in 2015, Idiot UK Drivers Exposed had previously been deployed with a different host on shared servers alongside other websites. However, at the start of 2016, their bandwidth usage escalated dramatically, bringing the whole server to a standstill and causing their service to be interrupted. Idiot UK Drivers Exposed then began looking for a new hosting provider. Key among their selection criteria was to find a partner who not only could deliver the service and performance flexibility to cope with changes in site traffic levels, but do so with transparent and predictable pricing. Hyve was chosen due to its ability to meet these needs: its provision of dedicated cloud server space and its UKbased support team who are available 24/7. SOFTWARE & SERVICES www.rittal.co.uk