PSINet has secured a foothold in the emerging applications hosting market with the launch last week of one of the largest global hosting centres to date.
Based in London's Docklands, the £30 million investment will cater for expected demand from users renting applications such as messaging and enterprise resource planning.
"Customers can have confidence in outsourcing their Internet business with access to a global network. But above all it will be in a totally secure environment based on an extremely flexible network," claimed Nathan Gilks, PSINet's technical services manager.
The hosting centre, which will be opened to the public on 21 July, houses nine floors. It has 4,000 racks, with 20 servers in each rack. Applications hosted at the centre will be on NT, Linux and Unix HP servers. Three levels of server will be provided - all will have mirrored or RAID-5 grade disks or better.
Customers will typically buy into a service that will provide a bandwidth of 128Kbps, and be able to handle traffic of up to 10Mbps. This entry-level server will cost about £4,500 per year, whereas the cost of an NT system would be priced at about £8,000 to £10,000 per year.
The centre will have Linux Cobalt RaQ2 servers, and PSINet also hopes to offer Solaris within two months.
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