Tech City start-ups offered 'wibre' to quickly connect to cloud

Tech City businesses in Shoreditch, east London are being offered combined data centre and new "wibre" connectivity services to help them quickly grow.

Volta Data Centres has joined forced with wireless connectivity specialist Optimity, which has developed its ultra-fast LDN+ service for companies that want to quickly set up high bandwidth links to applications in the cloud.

Together, the two companies are offering their "Shoreditch Suite", ahead of the Digital Shoreditch Festival, starting 20 May.

The Shoreditch Suite is designed for start-ups, early stage and fast-growth companies, providing "a cost effective and readily scalable approach to their technology infrastructure", said the partners.

Instead of using fibre connectivity links in the ground, Optimity can connect firms to their cloud-based applications with specially adapted antennae on rooftops. This method is potentially cheaper and quicker to set up. 

The Shoreditch Suite will provide ultra-fast connections to private and shared community-based managed services, including back-up, disaster-recovery and collaboration ventures.

Volta Data Centres has made a multi-million pound investment refurbishing its data centre on Great Sutton Street on the edge of Shoreditch to support the Shoreditch Suite of services.

Julian King, commercial director of Volta Data Centres said, “With Optimity we saw an opportunity to provide Tech City enterprises with the equivalent of a large corporate infrastructure but at a fraction of the cost."

Anthony Impey, managing partner of Optimity, said, "For Shoreditch to produce the next Facebook or Google it is absolutely essential that we have infrastructure that is high-performance and rapidly scalable."

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