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University of Bristol joins Jisc’s shared facilities in VIRTUS’ data centre

19/07/2016

VIRTUS Data Centres, the UK’s fastest growing data centre provider, today announces the latest member of the first national shared data centre for research and education, offered by UK higher, further education and skills’ digital services and solutions organisation, Jisc.

The University of Bristol joins 16 education and research establishments already benefiting from the shared facility at VIRTUS’ LONDON4. The university will use the data centre to host systems for business, teaching and research, including the next generation of BlueCrystal, their sector-leading high performance computing (HPC) facility. This is part of a ten-year strategy which will see the university shift the balance of their systems from on-site to third-party hosting.

The easy-to-use shared data centre framework agreement provided by VIRTUS and Jisc enables the University of Bristol to take advantage of the state-of-the-art, agile and flexible data centre ecosystem. It opens doors for increased collaboration for research projects and allows the 17 organisations to partner with each other to unlock innovations.