A £600,000 ($795,000) investment has been made in the IT infrastructure of the Isle of Man providing a new private cloud platform, enterprise SIP communications protocol and back up and disaster recovery.

Wi-Manx, a data center operator and internet service provider based in the island’s capital, Douglas, led the six-month project to develop a converged infrastructure offering for the island’s businesses.

Wi-Manx's own MPLS network has 10GE connectivity with London
Douglas-based Wi-Manx’s own MPLS network has 10GE connectivity with London – Thinkstock/ Panmaule

Crown dependency

The Isle of Man is situated off the west coast of the UK, between England and Ireland. It is an internally self-governing dependency of the British Crown, and therefore not part of the United Kingdom.

Wi-Manx provides internet, voice, security, back up, MPLS, colocation and cloud services through its one data center on the island. It operates IPv4 and IPv6 networks on the island.

The company invested in its own core network to enhance its session intiation protocol (SIP) signalling and controlling system.

It also allocated funds to the new Tegile flash storage platform for private cloud, and said the increasing demand for fast, reliable and secure storage necessitated the upgrade. The new solution complemented its existing network architecture and addressed long term capacity, performance and scalability requirements of its customers.

Kate Hegarty, director of Wi-Manx, said: “Our converged connectivity allows businesses to use a single network to provide several communication services that traditionally required separate networks. Converged connectivity is all managed under one roof – it’s easy and cost effective.”

Wi-Manx also has a presence in data centers on the UK mainland, in Telecity Williams in Manchester and London’s Telehouse North.

In November 2014 it became the third company on the Isle of Man to be granted a full telecoms license.