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CORRECTING and REPLACING UK Home Secretary Opens New iomart Customer Defined Data Centre

The first paragraph, first sentence should read: UK Home Secretary The Rt Hon Theresa May MP has officially opened a multi-million pound extension ... (instead of: UK Home Secretary The Rt Hon Theresa May MP has officially opened a £multi-million extension). The seventh paragraph, second sentence should read: ... which was previously only possible with more complex 12-fibre MTP connectivity. (instead of: ...which was previously only possible with more expensive MTP Fibre technology).

iomart CEO Angus MacSween explains the new technology on show in iomart's data centre (Photo: Busine ...

iomart CEO Angus MacSween explains the new technology on show in iomart's data centre (Photo: Business Wire)

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UK HOME SECRETARY OPENS NEW IOMART CUSTOMER DEFINED DATA CENTRE

First Major Deployment of Cisco Dynamic Fabric Automation Using Corning OM4 Fibre Bi-Directional Transmission Technology

UK Home Secretary The Rt Hon Theresa May MP has officially opened a multi-million pound extension to a data centre in her Maidenhead constituency, which is owned and operated by iomart Group plc (AIM:IOM), one of the UK and Europe’s leading cloud companies.

Mrs May was given a guided tour of the new facility, which features the first major deployment of Cisco® Dynamic Fabric Automation (DFA) and Bi Directional (BiDi) Transmission technology. The data centre will ultimately house up to 30,000 physical and as many as 500,000 virtual servers, and the technology underpinning it takes iomart into the new position of being able to dynamically configure its entire data centre estate with its customers’ requirements at its heart.

It was the first time the Home Secretary had been inside a data centre and she said she was impressed by what she saw.

The Rt Hon Theresa May said: “Data centres are an important part of the global economy, so I’m delighted to be opening this new facility for iomart. The technology on show is impressive and will allow businesses to be better connected than ever.”

Angus MacSween, CEO of iomart, said: “We are delighted that The Home Secretary has officially opened our next generation data centre and seen first-hand the technology involved in creating the infrastructure needed to support the dynamic and ever-changing web hosting and data storage needs of SME and enterprise business.

“We are transforming our network to deliver the highest levels of agility, performance and flexibility. Many commentators are talking about software defined data centres – we are delivering them. This puts us at the heart of the next generation of data centre technology.”

The new 1500 square metre extension to iomart’s Maidenhead data centre took 12 months to complete and has capacity for 630 racks. It features the first major deployment of Cisco Dynamic Fabric Automation (DFA), which enables iomart’s network infrastructure and services to be dynamically and automatically provisioned alongside Cisco’s proprietary Bi-Directional (BiDi) Transmission technology, which allows 40 Gigabit Ethernet transmission over small form factor, duplex connectivity, which was previously only possible with more complex 12-fibre MTP connectivity. The result is a greater level of scale-out without congestion points while providing optimised forwarding for all types of applications, and a network enabled for secure multi-tenancy at scale.

Sri Hosakote, SVP of Cisco Data Centre Group (DCG), explained: “iomart is growing at a rapid rate and we’re delighted to provide an innovative solution that can simplify, automate and optimise its data center to scale provision immediately against every customer requirement.”

Corning Incorporated, the world leader in speciality glass and ceramics, and iomart’s Network Preferred Installer Kinetic IT, designed and installed a bespoke connectivity solution utilising Corning’s Pretium EDGE ® housings with OM4 high-density, 96-core fibre cables for backbone, and individual 6 port LC cassettes.

Jochen Lorenz, vice president of Enterprise Sales EMEA for Corning, said: “Corning is proud to support iomart’s pioneering decision to deploy Cisco’s BiDi technology with our OM4 Pretium EDGE solution. This state of the art facility is a shining example of what can be achieved by technology leaders working together in defining the datacentres of tomorrow, today.”

About iomart Group plc:

iomart Group plc (AIM:IOM) is one of the UK’s leading providers of mission-critical cloud and managed hosting services. iomart owns and manages datacentres at eight locations in the UK, has its own fast fibre network and offers a unique 100% uptime guarantee. It operates through a number of subsidiaries: iomart Hosting, Melbourne Server Hosting, RapidSwitch, Redstation, Backup Technology, Easyspace and iomartcloud. www.iomart.com

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