IFL Selected by Cogent to Host Tier 1 Network Expansion in Manchester
Manchester – 11th March 2008 - IFL (Internet Facilitators Limited www.internetf.co.uk
) today announced that it has signed a multi-year contract to host critical network infrastructure for Tier 1 Internet Service Provider Cogent Communications within their IFL2 Manchester Data Centre.
Cogent is a multinational Internet Service Provider consistently ranked as one of the top five networks in the world and is one of the lowest priced, highest quality providers of Internet access and data transport services. These services are offered over an 80-180 Gbps award-winning fibre optic, IP data-only network. Cogent’s network backbone spans over 26,500 miles, connecting to an additional 10,500 miles of metro networks. Cogent serves two customer segments; "NetCentric" (access providers and content providers whose businesses rely primarily on Internet access) and "Corporate" (small businesses to Fortune 100 company end-users).
IFL, Manchester’s largest carrier neutral colocation service provider, is hosting Cogent’s equipment within their latest 15,000sq ft IFL2 data centre. The hosting solution includes rack space within a secure caged environment with dual power supplies, protected by high capacity N+1, environmentally friendly and energy efficient infrastructure.
The news brings increased possibilities for businesses looking for Tier 1 connectivity, reduced bandwidth pricing, and data centre solutions north of London.
Matthew Edgley, Sales Manager at Internet Facilitators states “Having a leading communications provider such as Cogent in our facility further increases accessibility to world class Tier 1 networks from IFL data centres and is fantastic news for e-business nationally. The continued expansion of such networks means Manchester is increasingly regarded as a major Internet hub and the number one UK location for colocation and data centre services outside of London. IFL is proud to be a pioneer of this development.”
Cogent’s network carries over 10 Petabytes per day across its network and Cogent believes it is the second largest carrier of Internet traffic in the world with approximately 15% of Internet traffic crossing its network. Cogent operates one of the highest capacity IP networks in existence and its facilities-based, all-optical IP network backbone provides IP services throughout North America and Europe. This network, now present at IFL, enables Cogent to offer large bandwidth connections at industry-leading prices to IFL customers.
Dave Schaeffer, CEO at Cogent comments “The IFL standard of facility and infrastructure complements our own uncompromising approach to quality, uptime guarantees and resilient delivery of service. IFL’s plans for data centre expansion further enhance the opportunity for Cogent to continue to expand its footprint while remaining one of the most cost-effective providers of bandwidth in the world.”