BARE METAL

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PREBUILT SERVER

A physical server that is pre-racked and has a specification that cannot be altered.

These servers represent excellent value for money and are well suited to tasks that require rapid provisioning, for temporary environments or for servers with specifications that suffice for discrete tasks; an off-site backup server, a VPN server, DNS server.

These servers can be paid for on an hourly basis and are provisioned near-instantaneously.

These servers cannot be moved to be in a private rack environment, but can be joined to a vLAN.

Full hardware support is included with these servers.

SEMI-FLEX SERVER

A physical server with limited, pre-defined options for changing components as part of its specification.

The options provided for these servers represent typical configurations for general usage; virtualisation, gaming, backup, streaming, or building clusters.

These servers can be taken with no long-term commitments and are provisioned within hours if in stock.

As a result of the standardised components, these servers represent excellent value for money while still offering a degree of customisation.

These servers can be selected to be part of a private rack environment.

Full hardware support is included with these servers.

CUSTOM SERVERS

A physical server that can be built from scratch, with a choice of hardware vendors for the server itself, as well as the component items that will populate the server.

For example, a Supermicro system could be built by choosing the chassis and motherboard, then populating the system with specific CPUs, RAM, hard drives, and additional components for PCI slots such as RAID controllers and additional NICs.

These servers can be selected to be part of a private rack environment.

As these servers are completely custom, there will be a leadtime dependent upon the components required; this will be shown and will be tied to the inventory system at the location.  It will also factor in lead times for any orders to be placed with distributors.

Hardware support is available on these servers where the vendor offers it.

SYNOLOGY

A range of NAS and SAN products from Synology, a popular supplier of consumer and enterprise storage solutions running their proprietary operating system, DSN.

NUTANIX

A variety of pre-determined product options from hyper-converged technology specialist, Nutanix.

The Nutanix software can also be purchased separately and run on custom hardware.  Contact the team through the app for more information.

SCAN MACHINE LEARNING

Nvidia’s DGX appliances provided as-a-service by hardware partner Scan.

These appliances can also be bought outright and trials are also available – contact the team through the app for more information.

GPU SERVER

A prebuilt, fixed specification server that includes one or more graphics cards.

These servers are typically used for niche applications that support the offloading of the computational workload to the graphics card, or for applications requiring graphical rendering.

As many users have adhoc uses for these servers, they can be utilised without any long-term commitments.

These servers cannot be moved to be in a private rack environment, but can be joined to a vLAN.

Full hardware support is included with these servers.

CUSTOM GPU

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A physical server that supports the inclusion of graphics cards can be fully customised, with a choice of hardware vendors for the server itself, as well as the component items that will populate the server.

As these servers are completely custom, there will be a leadtime dependent upon the components required; this will be shown and is tied to the inventory system at the location and will factor in lead times for any orders to be placed with distributors.

These servers can be selected to be part of a private rack environment.

Hardware support is available on these servers where the vendor offers it.

COLO DEVICE

Users with existing infrastructure that wish to host the server in the datacentre as part of the environment can design their environment with that infrastructure included.

The size of the device, number of power supplies, and number of network connections will be specified and the device can be included in the environment.

These servers can be selected to be part of a private rack environment.

Hardware support is not available on these servers as the equipment belongs to the user.

RACK

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RACK

A dedicated rack that can be populated with bare metal elements, including infrastructure that the user may already own that can be inserted as a collocated device.

Racks can be connected to other elements in the environment, for example prebuilt servers.

STORAGE

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Description

ENTERPRISE BACKUP

Choose to add backup to any server and operating system.  The platform is a based on EMC storage and the software is EMC’s Avamar. The platform is managed by iomart.

ARCHIVE STORAGE

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Send files to a SWIFT-based archive platform – provider TBC.

SHARED SAN

Create storage on managed SAN devices that can be used to present storage allocations to multiple compute nodes.

DEDICATED SAN

Dedicated SAN appliances available from multiple vendors

SHARED NAS

Space that can be provisioned on an off-site NAS platform, but is available to products within the given location.

NETWORK

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VLAN

A vLAN connects infrastructure within the environment across the datacentre’s network for private, inter-device connectivity.  vLANs are dedicated to each customer.  vLAN connections will use a separate network port on the device from any external connections.

Multiple devices can be connected to each vLAN to create private networks.

Users create the vLAN and then specify the port on each device to connect to the vLAN and at what speed.

INTERNET

A connection to the internet is provided by the datacentre and any devices that require external internet connectivity can be connected to it, at the specified speed and bandwidth allocation.

Future development stages will see dedicated IPv4 and IPv6 subnets be available within this product.

LEASED LINE

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A dedicated connection from an end point (usually an office) to the location, or a point on a network that is connected to the location.

This connection may have “breakout” internet connectivity from the datacentre, or can be chosen as a direct connection from the office network to the datacentre network, so the network is simply extended from the offices to the datacentres.  This provides private connectivity between a offices and datacentres without needing to use the internet.

A user provides a postcode for the end point and pricing is calculated based on the size of connection required, the speed required, and any redundancy required.

In the case of carrier neutral datacentres, a leased line would act as the connection to the internet (i.e. transit connectivity, pre-arranged by the user).

MPLS CIRCUIT

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A connection between multiple locations that allows for traffic to be sent across a private connection between the sites.

PSN CONNECTION

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A connection to the Public Sector Network.

HSCN CONNECTION

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A connection to the Health and Social Care Network.

CLOUD

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HA VM

A high-availability virtual machine that is built on iomart’s CloudSure platform.

Ideal for users that have mission-critical applications that require 100% uptime, but do not require sufficient amounts of computing resources to make it worthwhile to build their own cloud environment.

The CloudSure environment has no single points of failure.  More details on its design can be found at <link>

Virtual servers cannot be added to a rack.

MULTI-SITE VM

A multi-site, high-availability virtual machine that is built on iomart’s Cloudsure platform.

Ideal for users that have mission-critical applications that require 100% uptime and disaster recovery protection against a specific site, but do not require sufficient amounts of computing resources to make it worthwhile to build their own cloud environment.

The CloudSure environment has no single points of failure.

Virtual servers cannot be added to a rack.

VPS

A virtual private server is a non-high-availability virtual server that resides on a standalone physical machine.

Ideal for development or non-mission critical services, these virtual private servers are highly cost effective.

VENDOR PLATFORMS

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Description

OVH

A wide ranging product suite of services from our global infrastructure partner, OVH.

EQUINIX COLOCATION AND CLOUD EXCHANGE

Purchase racks from the global colocation giant, Equinix.

Additional connectivity services will be available through the Equinix Cloud Exchange, enabling users to configure hybrid clouds in multiple locations.

ONAPP

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A global selection of public clouds powered by OnApp partners, provided by Dediserve and the OnApp federation.

OnApp environment templates are available.

MEMSET CLOUD

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A selection of cloud services from cloud specialist, Memset.

CLOUDFLARE

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DNS, website load balancing and DDoS mitigation services from technology partner CloudFlare.