PEER 1, a world leading IT hosting providers with headquarters in Vancouver, Canada and Southampton, England, has announced via press release on 22 August 2012 that it is to deliver colocation services with its strategic partner Calx Managed Services for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in the UK.
The FSB is the largest campaigning group in the UK for self-employed workers and owners of small businesses and approached Calx and their partner PEER 1 Hosting about providing a more secure and robust environment for colocation services. From their new data center in Portsmouth, PEER 1 Hosting’s colocation facility is able to provide access to IT services, office applications, its Intranet and website, which supports around 200,000 FSB members.
“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,” said Ian Martin, head of systems and data at the Federation of Small Businesses.
He continued, “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.”
Amanda Dunn, director of business development EMEA at PEER 1 Hosting, explained why her company’s service was valuable, “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.”