Everest Data Centres offers low cost, highly resilient colocation services with a range of value added options for all sizes of business. Predominantly focussing on businesses in the South East of England, Everest currently has one operational data centre and one in the planning stages.
Everest’s colocation services are designed to be as flexible as possible, with space options starting as low as quarter racks with an average 4kw power density and rising to private suites. Private suites can house between 100 and 500 standard 48u racks and secure cages can accommodate between 10 and 100 standard racks. Everest also provides a full range of optional extra services, including migration, remote hands and connectivity. It also ensures that there is an on-site technical team with managed services experience.
Private suites can be built out on a bespoke basis by Everest, with every aspect planned to client specifications. Example options include ‘chillerless’ cooling for clients that want a low PUE. Everest also owns its own dark fibre network and can offer MPSL and Ethernet. It is now connected to most of the major hubs in the UK following a recent extension of the network to Manchester. The entire facility has a maximum 6MVA power capacity and offers a combination of N+1, 2N and 2N+1 redundancy in power and cooling.
Everest prides itself on making its services easy to access for customers. It is keen to attract smaller firms as well as large corporations, so has created a user-friendly portal through which clients can arrange access, monitor energy use, commission extra services and track planned maintenance.
Everest owns one data centre in Reading, Berkshire which can accommodate up to 1000 standard 48u racks across five large data halls. The facility is known as Link33 and covers a total area of approximately 60,000 sq. ft.
Link33 is highly secure, but Everest has recently invested more heavily in biometric access controls to pave the way for new customers requiring stricter security protocols. It also has full CCTV which is retained for 90 days, mantrap access controls and a high perimeter fence. The data centre is also manned 24/7 by both security staff in addition to the technical staff.
There is also a second 800-rack data centre at the planning stage which will be located somewhere around the M25. The new data centre will be similar in specification to the Reading site.
Everest shows a strong commitment to prioritising energy efficiency alongside other aspects of data centre performance. During the construction phase of the Reading data centre, for example, Everest commissioned eight bespoke CRAC air conditioning units from Beehive coils. These units were developed to optimise cooling whilst reducing energy use, and have been so successful that Everest has ordered four further units.
Everest’s Level33 is also wholly powered by renewable energy and boasts a Power Usage Effectiveness of just 1.2. It is exempt from the Climate Change Levy and was designed and built to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standards.
Everest Computing Ltd is a UK based privately owned limited company whose business model is based on delivering low cost, resilient data centre services to clients of all sizes, especially those who want the full platter of services. Everest is marketed as being privately funded and debt free, although it does have over £3 million in liabilities according to its accounts.
Customers and partners
Everest opened to its first tenant in May 2013 and now serves between 50 and 100 customers, although it won’t reveal the exact figure. One of its major client wins is government cloud hosting specialist Memset, which expanded into Link33 from its existing facilities in Dunsfold, Surrey. Accommodating Memset took over a year as Everest had to be certified to government OFFICIAL status.
A reasonably priced, well equipped data centre with added value
Everest entered the market during a ‘build boom’ in the industry, and adjusted its pricing model accordingly. It has been able to attract a large number of customers in a relatively short time by pricing competitively whilst offering the same level of services, standards and infrastructure offered by data centres in the premium price bracket.
Everest has positioned itself well for the longer term and is seeing an influx of customers from the established data centre brands whose contracts are coming to an end. Everest’s data centre space should appeal to businesses of all sizes that are looking for value for money, expertise and a relatively well-connected location.