Introducing your new Customer Lounge

‘Usual’ is not a word that often enters into our vocabulary here at Netwise. We like to do things differently. After all, that’s why people enjoy using our facilities – we mix enterprise-grade data centre services with world-class supplementary amenities, something our customers relish in everyday.

Build Room One received a full makeover towards the end of last year, much to the enjoyment of our clients. This has now been followed up with a full overhaul of the Customer Lounge, which to this point had been a fairly uninspiring white room.

Customer Lounge

The space is now our personal ode to London Bridge and Bermondsey, the area in which our London Central data centre calls home. We’ve designed the space to be warm and inviting, which is in contrast to the highly technical spaces found throughout the rest of the building.

White technical spaces can feel somewhat anodyne over extended periods of time, so this space offers customers some respite and escapism from the high-tech environment of the data hall and associated work spaces.

Two of the walls have been completely clad in reclaimed ethically-sourced wood, giving the space fantastic texture and an altogether natural feel. This extends into a set of shelves, which follow the same design.

Bermondsey

Additionally, we’ve put in soft architectural lighting which complements the new wall textures very nicely. You’ll also find a vintage tea-stained Union Jack on the wall and a range of London themed bric-a-brac and vintage technology kit on the custom wooden shelving (with plenty more coming soon). In the not-too-distant future, we will be adding an oxblood chesterfield sofa to complete the look, replacing the two tub chairs currently occupying the space.

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Union Jack

Customer Lounge

Customers familiar with our new Build Room will be very pleased to hear that we’ve installed another overhead sound system for use in the lounge, with the amplifier and control point in the centre of the work desks, underneath the flying Union Jack.

Future plans include vintage games consoles, a coffee machine and additional work lighting at each desk.

It truth, this is a space that needs to be experienced in person to fully appreciate it. If you’d like to come in for a coffee and a look around, please do let us know.

Also, watch this space for an exciting new addition to our Customer Kitchen, coming very soon.

Frank Pearson joins Netwise Hosting

We are very pleased to introduce you to the latest member of our ever-growing support team; Frank Pearson.

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Frank Pearson

Frank is now a part of our critical out-of-hours support team, looking after customer support enquiries that come into the NOC overnight.

Digital security is where Frank excels, with a vast array of real-world experience to draw from in helping our customers with their support requirements. With work for the likes of Google on his resume, you know you’ll be in very safe hands if you happen to deal with Frank during a support case.

Frank is also an integral part of our internal development team, assisting with the build and execution of new systems and software solutions that benefit our customers on a day-to-day basis, with a keen focus always placed on security.

Our support team is growing, with additional operatives joining us over the next few months. Keep an eye out for further introductions coming soon.

London expected to break the 400MW supply barrier in 2017

London, Europe’s foremost colocation centre, is expected to surpass the 400MW supply milestone for the first time in 2017, according to the latest European Data Centre Marketview report from CBRE. This will make London the first European city to break through this barrier, as we head out of what has been a record-breaking Q3 of this year.

Total data centre supply across the ‘big four’ FLAP markets (Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam and Paris) has now reached 879MW, after a 20MW supply increase over Q3 2016. As an impressive indicator of growth here in the UK, 13MW of this 20MW total comes from London alone.

Graph credit: CBRE Research, Q3 2016

Graph credit: CBRE Research, Q3 2016

A big driver behind the growth in London is the opening of Telehouse North Two, which launches this winter. The Netwise Hosting team will be in attendance of the official launch event as we continue to build out our presence in Telehouse North and the campus as a whole.

Our London Central data centre continues to welcome new tenants as we head into 2017, as well as facilitating the impressive growth of our existing customers as they expand. We have additional pods coming online in the new year, which will ensure we meet ever-growing demand and operate as Central London’s leading independent data centre service provider.

Jubilee Line joins the night tube

It’s official – the Jubilee Line is now part of the night tube service here in London.

This is fantastic news for all users of the night tube, however we feel it will have particular resonance with those in the data centre industry. The Jubilee Line is a major arterial service for city-wide access to some of the most important London data centres, including Harbour Exchange / Equinix LD8, Global Switch and the Telehouse campus, amongst many other smaller facilities in and around the Docklands area.

More importantly, this now provides a 24-hour transport link between our London Central data centre in Bermondsey and the Docklands hub, which is perfect for users with services spanning multiple sites. No longer must engineers rely on slow and costly taxis to work on networks and systems which operate across the capital.

With our London Central data centre quickly becoming one of the city’s best alternatives to the now overcrowded, overstretched Docklands connectivity hub, this transport link will be a vital tool in speeding up out-of-hours engineering operations between sites.

At long last, the vital physical transport link that joins our private London data centre with our POPs in Docklands is finally coming to match the unrivaled dark fibre connectivity that links our facilities.

This extended nighttime service has been in operation from Friday October 7th, running on both Friday and Saturday evenings.

Audiophiles rejoice

How many data centre operators do you know that offer clients fully integrated sound systems in their build rooms? We’re willing to bet that our London Central facility is the first.

Audio System

Put down those headphones – enjoy high-fidelity audio playback in our build rooms, with wall-mounted inputs which feed into ceiling speakers. After all, why does working in a data centre for hours on end have to be a boring experience?

Over the coming months, these systems will be fitted to additional customer-facing areas in the data centre, including the customer kitchen and customer lounge. Further to this, not only will you be able to plug in your own devices via jack or phono, we’ll also have a global library that you can access via our Spotify account. The building-wide system will also function as our internal public address system, for any critical announcements.