MIGSOLV Launches Super-fast Janet to boost Digital Economy
Janet, the ultra-fast IT network, is now available from a second UK commercial data centre – the high security Norwich facility operated by MIGSOLV, a Norfolk Chamber Gold Patron.
This will enable small and medium sized businesses and public bodies in the East of England to work with a wide range of previously inaccessible markets, including many organisations connected to private government networks, in a move to boost the digital economy.
By providing a commercial Janet connection, MIGSOLV’s Gatehouse data centre becomes second only to Goonhilly Earth Station, the renowned satellite and space centre in Cornwall.
While Janet has been developed over the last 30 years primarily for academic and research institutions, this now means any small/medium businesses and public bodies can connect to the network by placing their IT in MIGSOLV’s data centre.
MIGSOLV’s Janet connection is delivered in partnership with high-performance network provider Next Connex.
The connection provides links into the highly secure Public Services Network (PSN), N3 NHS network and Police National Network, opening up a large public sector marketplace for small and medium businesses. This will be of particular value to companies on the government’s G-Cloud scheme, which aims to help them sell cloud computing services to government bodies.
Public bodies which place their IT in The Gatehouse, Norwich will also have access to a Janet connection – many for the first time - enabling them to work with a much wider range of suppliers and partners.
This move is a joint initiative between MIGSOLV, Next Connex and Jiscom - Janet’s commercial arm, whose remit is to broaden the network’s user base in order to boost the digital economy.
David Manning, Managing Director of MIGSOLV, says: “We’re thrilled to be only the second UK commercial facility to offer a Janet connection. It’s a prestigious, ultra-fast network - and a great fit with our Norwich data centre, which is one of the most secure in the world.
“Our Janet link opens up a vast new marketplace for companies and public bodies alike which choose our data centre services.”
Janet (originally the ‘Joint Academic Network’) comprises over 5,000 km of optical fibre and has over 18 million users. Its backbone runs at 100Gbit/s, with an interconnect capacity of around 40Gbit/s. For more, visit www.jiscom.uk.
Next Connex designs, builds and supports high-performance network infrastructure. The company operates its own UK core fibre network, providing services to systems integrators, service providers, IT companies and telco carriers. For more, visit www.nextconnex.com, or contact 01932 505 999
MIGSOLV operates The Gatehouse data centre on a nine-acre site in Norwich. The facility is free of terrorism and flood risks and incorporates rigorous security measures including access by iris recognition, CCTV coverage of every square inch of the site, microwave intruder detection and advanced fire protection systems. For more, see www.migsolv.com.
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