We're ecstatic to announce the completion and launch of the first dedicated Tsohost Tier 3+ 2N data centre facility in Slough, just outside of London.
In May 2013 we announced plans to build our very own facility. The decision was driven by considerable growth, customer demand and our desire to continue offering the highest standard of service possible. And just 6 months later, we have powered up the first servers in our state-of-the-art data hall.
In the early hours of Sunday 1st December, our network engineers moved the Tsohost Cloud from the old facility in Maidenhead to Tsohost’s brand new fully owned Tier 3+ 2N facility in Slough. The move took a total of 5 hours and was planned with precision to ensure minimal downtime for all sites involved. Although it took slightly longer than we first anticipated, the move was an overall success with only a few minor, unavoidable mishaps. We are currently in the process of moving cPanel sites over to our data centre - a number of cPanel servers have already been transferred without any hiccups. The benefits of moving to the new facility are apparent right away - a number of customers have already reported significant improvements in page load speeds.
Along with performance improvements the new facility offers reliability and resiliency improvements. The new facility boasts a 2N power management setup. With 2N redundancy up to half of the equipment can fail without causing any disruption to service. In the rare event of a mains power outage, two diesel generators boot up to power the facility, together capable of powering the data centre at full capacity for up to 48 hours. Two independent battery UPSs power the servers during the transition from mains to generator power to ensure no service outage occurs.
The physical security of the data centre has also been a main consideration throughout the development, and will continue to remain a priority. Our premises is surrounded by 3m high fencing and 25 CCTV cameras, an electronic access control system prevents unauthorized access, plus the facility is manned 24/7 ensuring our network is fully protected at all times.
Most importantly, full control over the facility and network allows us to ensure our high standards of reliability and performance are at the forefront of all decisions made. From now onwards we can begin the continuous process of optimising our infrastructure to enhance our hosting services, passing the benefits on to customers.
If you’d like to know more about our data centre, take a look at our blog series, documenting our journey from an 20,000 sq ft shell, to a fully functional, cutting-edge data centre facility. Also, feel free to post any questions you may have below, and we’ll get back to you promptly!