The datacentre, which will have space for over 80 physical servers and firewalls, all with full power and connectivity, will initially be located in First Line’s current premises on Howard Street, East Oxford.
All customers’ hosted services will also be duplicated in another datacentre in Milton Keynes, providing additional security in the event of an Oxford-wide disaster.
“The floods that affected so many parts of the country earlier this year have alerted many small businesses to the risks of maintaining their servers in their own buildings.
But until now, what we call ‘co-location’
Potential customers are invited to visit First Line to see the facility in action. The services range from renting a single unit of space, in which customers can place their own servers, to renting both the space and the servers, or even asking First Line to host a ‘virtual’ server(s).
Customers can use the centre to run all of their day-to-day IT systems, or just to host a replica of their business-critical systems as part of a disaster-recovery plan.
“Small businesses have particular needs that are not always met by the typically large, anonymous datacentres,”