Last year, we undertook a significant data centre migration, with the closure of Digital Realty’s Meridian Gate requiring us to move our entire presence there to Redcentric’s City Life Line. Having done it once, why not do it again?This year, we’re planning a move out of Harbour Exchange (HEX), and starting a presence in Telehouse South. A lot of the things we learned during the previous move are making this move easier to manage, although it is still a prodigious effort, both physically and in terms of design and infrastructure.
One of the things we’ve been working on for some time is improved network infrastructure within our data centres. This introduces IP address portability so that IP addresses do not need to change when servers are moved between data centres, as well as significantly higher bandwidth uplinks for our virtual server hosts.
In the last year, we’ve live migrated over a thousand VMs across two data centres, with minimal interruption to service.
We’re about to start migrating all VMs out of our HEX data centre. We have two available London destinations, SOV and CLL. If you’re a customer with a VM in our HEX data centre, we’ll be emailing you over the next couple of weeks, to check if you have a preference (for instance because you have existing services in one of those data centres, and would prefer to be moved to the other to maintain fault-tolerance).
We will also soon be able to offer Telehouse South as a virtual server zone, in addition to SOV and CLL. This means we will continue to provide three London-based zones for our customers running distributed services. We’ll retain a small residual presence in HEX for connectivity.