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Hinx have unique experience and expertise in Data Centre design, having worked with some major industry players on their overall architecture to integrate data centres on a world-wide basis.

Key Design Areas

bullet Resilience - ensuring maximum uptime without compromising on performance.
bullet Availability - business continuity is especially important.
bullet Performance - the faster the better; in a predictable manner.
bullet Security - ensuring data separation and controlled access to all Data centre resources.
bullet Effective architecture for data separation - a common infrastructure that provides facilities for network-based backup and efficient back-end network access.
bullet Predictable Failover - for maximum service availability.

Our network design service takes into account your existing equipment, and evaluates how to best use your existing investment to maximise the above areas.  We have no interest in selling equipment or allegiance to any specific vendor, so you get truly impartial advice, as well as the benefit of our considerable experience in this particular field. 

See our section on Data Centre Virtualisation for how exciting new technologies such as VMware and virtual routers, load-balancers and firewalls can redefine the cost model for high-density data centre networking.

Whilst remaining vendor-neutral, we pride ourselves on remaining up-to-date with the latest technology and product offerings from the major vendors, and have good relationships with these.

Our designs are highly detailed and we aim to leave no stone unturned when specifying the requirement, as experience has taught us that attention to detail is of paramount importance - whether it is ensuring the power supply or air-conditioning can cope with the equipment, or that the fibre sizes & quality are compatible.

Detailed overview network diagrams are provided at each stage in design, and these are refined during the design consultation process to ensure that the implementation will be as trouble-free as possible.  Our end product is a fully documented set of architecture standards and design templates, including sample configuration details.

Example Data Centre Architecture based on Security "Cells" within virtual routed and firewalled environments, with and without load-balancers


A Sample Reference Data Centre Architecture

Hinx have many years experience and have designed, implemented, handed over and monitored a large number of networks in the UK today. Have a look at our Reference Accounts for more information.








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