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Colocation

Ultra-secure data centre services

The Gatehouse data centre, Norwich

Your business can benefit from high-quality, flexible, cost effective data centre services – backed by exceptional customer care.

These services (also known as ‘colocation’ or ‘server hosting’), enable you to place your IT systems in The Gatehouse, our specialist UK data centre in Norwich, where you can take advantage of high levels of security, efficiency and lower costs.

Find out more about the services, security measures, environmental performance and accreditations that will help you to get on with running your business whilst your data is safe in our hands.

If you contact us, we’d be delighted to help you.

Some great benefits:

  • Outstanding support:
    We’re always there to help you, 24 hours a day, whatever your needs
  • Security:
    Multi-layered security protecting your data and equipment
  • Availability:
    The Gatehouse is always on – ensuring your data is always available when you need it
  • Connectivity:
    Super-fast connectivity from over 250 providers

Data centre migration

Ensuring you a trouble-free move

Nothing is more valuable to organisations than their business-critical data, but few have the specialist skills and experience to move it to a new facility in a smooth, risk-free way.

The good news is, if you’re migrating your systems to our Gatehouse data centre, we can handle the whole process for you to remove the risk and headache.

We have extensive experience and proven methods – developed over 15 years – for managing data centre migrations. This enables us to handle your relocation with great proficiency, whether you’re moving from around the corner or the other side of the world.

Find out more

Get in touch to find out how we could help your move to the Gatehouse go as smoothly as possible.

Our approach

Meticulous preparation is the key to success. First, we’ll talk to you about your business needs and develop a detailed migration plan.

Then we’ll carry out a full inventory of your systems and sort devices into business systems so we can identify logical ‘move groups’.

We’ll then implement your move plan as swiftly and effectively as possible in accordance with a clear timetable agreed with you. And we’ll ensure your team is fully informed at all times and as involved as you would like to be throughout.

This process assures you migrate, as your business dictates, with little or no downtime – keeping you operational before, during and after the move.

Business benefits

Utilising a purpose-built data centre brings many benefits to your business. Such a facility brings far more security, is more environmentally efficient, more cost effective and better for the IT equipment it houses. Your business can benefit from a data centre in a number of ways:

Security

Your data is the crown jewels of your business. Without it, you’re unlikely to be able to invoice your customers, know how to contact them, pay your suppliers or staff or manage your business. The Gatehouse’s multi-layered security measures are designed to ensure your business-critical data is always protected.

If you would like to discuss how placing your IT equipment at The Gatehouse would benefit your business, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

Cost savings

Servers and other IT equipment are moving towards becoming commodity items. In many cases it now costs more to power and cool a piece of IT equipment than to buy it. At The Gatehouse, your business can benefit from the environmental efficiency and economies of scale a purpose built data centre brings and reduce your overall running costs.

Availability

If you suffer from a power cut, the disruption to your business can be significant. Apart from all those important things you’ll need to attend do, the last thing should be having to restart all your IT (assuming it isn’t damaged when the power goes off). At The Gatehouse, your equipment will be always on. The backup power systems ensure that, in the event of a power cut, your equipment will remain working and available. And we’ll be there, 24 hours a day, to look after it.

Connectivity

Connectivity and the availability of communications are critical to any business. At The Gatehouse, your business can benefit from highly resilient, high-speed connections from national providers and from any of the 250 global communications providers that connect to the UK.

Connected community

Your business can benefit from joining the eco system within a data centre, giving you access to new customers, suppliers and markets you might otherwise be unable to reach.

Disaster recovery

Over 80% of businesses that suffer a major disruption never fully recover, with most going out of business within two years. Using The Gatehouse as a disaster recovery data centre provides your business with a high level of insurance should the worst happen.

Primary features

When you install your equipment in The Gatehouse, you benefit from the millions of pounds we’ve invested to create a highly efficient, ultra-secure data centre in the East of England. This means your IT is in safe hands and available to you 24 hours a day.

You can retain full control over your equipment, or we can provide a range of services.

If you would like to see the full specification of our data centre, click here. In summary, the main features of our facility are:

Security

Security is of paramount importance when you’re choosing a data centre for your business.

The Gatehouse, our purpose-built facility in Norwich, incorporates some of the world’s most rigorous security features. If you’d like to know more, click here.

Resilience

Our data centre is constructed with Tier III-levels of resilience, ensuring that, in the event of a power outage, your data will remain available, secure and ready for you.

The ‘N+1’ infrastructure means it’s concurrently maintainable and ensures 100% up-time. Along with fuel held on site which would run it for up to eight days at full load, this provides assurance that it will never be unavailable to you.

Metered power

Many data centres ask you to estimate your power and charge you whether you use it or not. We think that’s unfair and charge you only for what you use. We promise no hidden charges from our metered cabinets, which means you have the peace of mind of knowing that all of the costs you incur are fair and reasonable.

Monitoring

Having a conditioned and stable environment in which to operate your IT equipment is important to ensure it operates at its optimum. The environment and performance of our data centre is continually monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Smart hands

We’re always happy to welcome you at The Gatehouse, but sometimes it’s more convenient for you to ask us to do something for you.

If you’d like us to change a tape, re-boot your server, confirm it’s connected or anything else, we’ll happily help as part of our ‘smart hands’ service.

Many providers charge for this – but we don’t. It’s all part of our determination to provide the best service in the business.

Flexible terms

It’s natural that your technology needs will change from time to time as your business develops.

At MIGSOLV, we won’t lock you into a rigid contract. You can change the services you take from us whenever you like.

Environmental performance

ISO 14001 accreditation assures you that we operate the data centre to the highest environmental standards. This minimises your carbon footprint and saves you money.

Our environmental measures include:

  • LED lighting throughout our facility, saving 90% on lighting energy
  • ‘Free cooling plant’ – using the outside ambient temperature to provide 333 days of free data centre cooling per year, without any need to run chilling equipment
  • Cold aisle containment – conditioning only the air around your equipment
  • Reuse of the heat generated by equipment to control the humidity in our data halls. Humidity management is vital but most providers achieve it with expensive, environmentally-harmful air conditioning instead
  • …Plus many more environmentally efficient features

These features help protect the environment as well as, vitally, delivering significant cost savings for you. A green data centre is good for the environment and good for your budget. If you would like to know more about the environmental features of The Gatehouse, feel free to get in touch and we will be happy to tell you about them

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Connectivity options

Connectivity is vital in today’s digital age.

Light travels down fibre optic cable at 200,000 km per second. This enables you to benefit from a super-fast connection into our data centre, wherever your business is based – including a roundtrip to London in under four milliseconds.

There are a range of options available to you including dedicated connectivity and Internet access. You can also install a satellite dish or wireless antenna at The Gatehouse if you wish.

Dedicated connectivity

You can take connectivity services from Level 3, BT, Vodafone and Virgin Media and, if you need it, we’ll help you find the right service for your business. If your business needs it, we can also offer connectivity to more than 250 other carriers with very rapid connection times.

Because network availability is crucial, our access routes have been designed for diversity and complete separation. When you take a connection at The Gatehouse, your business profits from this resilience meaning that the likelihood of a network outage is minimal.

Internet access

Every business today is dependent on the Internet and you can advantage of cost effective, scalable Internet access options.

You can take connections from 10MB to …. the sky’s the limit!

Given the severe terrorism risk facing the Capital, we offer Internet access routes which avoid London – an important consideration for your business.

Provisioning times are much lower than many other operators. You can also benefit from our ability to provision carrier interconnects, Internet access and on-net data centres within as few as two working days.

You can benefit from the same high speeds as London data centres – without the considerable risks and costs associated with a metropolitan location.

Credentials

Our independently audited credentials give you assurance of what we promise – the highest levels of data centre service, security and performance. Our accreditations include:

ISO 9001

ISO 9001 for quality management ensures that you receive a high quality of customer service at all times.

ISO 14001

ISO 14001 for environmental management means minimising carbon footprint and saving you money. See more on the environmental features of The Gatehouse.

ISO 27001

ISO 27001 – the Information Security Management System, (ISMS), is in place to ensure that your data is secure and that the data centre has processes in place to always maintain security.

PCI DSS

PCI DSS, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, is a requirement if you are transmitting, storing or processing card data. The Gatehouse is PCI DSS compliant and registered, meaning that your business can take advantage of this element of the requirement.

NaCTSO endorsement

The National Counter Terrorism Security Office regularly reviews the counter-terrorism safeguards at The Gatehouse in Norwich. You can take advantage of our enhanced levels of security for your business. If you would like to know more about the security measures at The Gatehouse, click here.

EU Code of Conduct Participant status

Developed by the EU Joint Research Centre the EU Code of Conduct for data centre efficiency is a set of guidelines that are intended to improve the efficiency of any data centre. As a Participant, MIGSOLV passes on the advantages gained through this initiative directly to your business.

Cyber Essentials certification

MIGSOLV is certified under the UK Government’s Cyber Essentials scheme for electronic data security and protection. You can take advantage of this for your business.

What our clients say

The selection of MIGSOLV came down to flexibility, quality and cost. And the data centre’s connections to major network providers proved a massive benefit as we have facilities in Australia and UK. We operate out of four data centres and The Gatehouse is far ahead of the others.

Bluecube Technology Solutions

MIGSOLV has supported our business at lower cost and with better support than our old provider. Flexible pricing, bandwidth and strong environmental credentials mean we get lower bills each month. Support and services have been excellent. A highly recommended partner.

Trescray Services LLP

It is without hesitation that I can say all our hosted, DR/BCP projects, which have a need for colocation, will be placed with MIGSOLV – as it is one facet of project delivery that we can be assured will not cause project or budgetary overrun.

Blue256