M247 Opens Bucharest Datacentre

Manchester based Internet infrastructure provider M247 has this week brought online the first phase of its latest datacentre development in Bucharest, with initial capacity for 5,000 servers and 12,000 in phase 2. This new carrier-neutral datacentre represents a significant seven-figure investment for the company and will support dedicated server and web hosting services, as well as providing much needed high-specification wholesale datacentre space for other service providers and businesses.

M247’s subsidiary, M247 Europe SRL, has been operating in Bucharest for the past 18 months and has rapidly grown to become one of Romania’s leading providers of high-end web hosting and internet infrastructure services. M247 owns and manages two other datacentres in the UK.

M247 European Director, Paul Pintiliescu, says “We’re delighted to be opening this state-of-the-art datacentre in Bucharest and our expansion in the city has created and secured 20 highly skilled jobs in the rapidly expanding technology sector. We’re confident that we have the best datacentre offering in the country and are already receiving very positive feedback from the market. We’ve secured a great site in the city which will allow us many years of space for expansion.”

Powered by multiple high-specification Juniper MX960 routers, the new datacentre benefits from the massive network capacity and advanced DDOS protection provided by M247’s modern European multi-10Gig backbone network which spans Manchester, London, Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, Brussels, Prague, Budapest and Bucharest.

M247 Technical Director, Chris Byrd, says “We’ve seen enormous growth in our Romanian operation over the past year or so. From a standing start 18 months ago, we’re now carrying around 250Gigabit/s of network traffic in Bucharest which is a fantastic achievement – especially before our new datacentre was fully active.”

The new datacentre uses elements of M247’s industry-leading proprietary cooling technology, which was developed in collaboration with a leading UK University, and boasts a day 1 PuE (Power Utilisation Effectiveness) metric of 1.3, reducing to nearer 1.2 as loading levels increase. M247 is confident that this will make it the most energy efficient datacentre in a country where energy efficiency and climate impact are becoming an increasingly significant factors in commercial decision-making due to recent EU energy legislation.

The Internet infrastructure in Romania surpasses much of Western Europe. In most international rankings, Romania is among the top spots in the world based on the speed and quality of its Internet service. According to Bloomberg in 2013, Romania is ranked 5th in the world and 2nd in Europe in terms of Internet connection speed, being surpassed by Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan, with an average peak speed 37.4 Mbit/s. In Akamai's The State of the Internet Report covering the fourth quarter of 2012, Romania came 4th on average peak connection speed by EMEA country/region.

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