Intelligent Data Centres Issue 43 | Page 12


Giganet chooses Neos Networks to drive UK network expansion

eos Networks , one of the UK ’ s leading fibre connectivity suppliers , has announced it has been chosen by


Giganet , an established Internet Service Provider ( ISP ), to provide backhaul and data centre connectivity to support its new southern counties network and its ambitious plans to rollout gigabit Fibre-to-the-Premise ( FTTP ) services .
Through strategic network partnerships , Giganet is already able to offer full fibre broadband services to millions of homes
and businesses all over the UK . The next step for Giganet is targeting an expansion which will see it cover more homes and businesses , beginning in the south of England using its own network .
Work on the project began in 2021 and Giganet aims to have the core network and first four exchange rings live by end of 2022 . In the next four years , Giganet plans to build to 300,000 homes across Hampshire , Wiltshire , Dorset and West Sussex with its own fibre network rollout . Neos Networks – with its 550 unbundled exchange network – will provide Giganet with the local connectivity required to carry traffic to its data centres and across its national network .
“ Neos Networks rose to the challenge of providing us with resilient and high capacity backhaul circuits across a wide range of exchanges as well as our core data centres ,” said Matthew Skipsey , Chief Technology Officer at Giganet .
“ Using Neos Networks ,” he added , “ we have been able to secure connectivity to our points of presence faster than expected , initially enabling each of our first four regional rings with resilient 100GB / s backhaul . This means our south coast rollout is progressing at pace .”

Microsoft launches Azure Availability Zones to heighten competitiveness of UAE organisations

M icrosoft has announced the general availability of Azure Availability Zones , to be delivered via its UAE data centres in Dubai .

The investment , which is aimed at enhancing the competitiveness of UAE businesses through the vital provision of Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery solutions , reinforces Microsoft ’ s commitment to the UAE government , its business community and its population .
“ With the advent of the always-on economy , uptime and continuous access to critical data , applications and workloads have become front-of-mind concerns for the region ’ s technology stakeholders ,” said Naim Yazbeck , General Manager , Microsoft UAE . “ As businesses move forward amid increased industry upheavals and competition from market disruptors , competitiveness hinges on the ability to remain operational even as external issues destabilise markets and supply chains . Backups alone will not deliver such capabilities . Rapid recovery requires strategy-focused infrastructure and solutions to work effectively . That is what Azure Availability Zones delivers .”
Azure Availability Zones is a critical building block of a comprehensive Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery strategy . It is designed to guarantee resilience and availability of business-critical applications and data in times of crisis , through advanced architecture and built-in , end-to-end security .
The launch of Azure Availability Zones also signifies the readiness of Microsoft ’ s UAE cloud locations to form the backbone of organisations ’ futureproofing programmes , undertaken in the wake of the COVID pandemic crisis .
Azure Availability Zones will build on the capabilities and benefits offered through Microsoft ’ s enterprise-grade data centres in Dubai , which began operations in June 2019 . �
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