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Thread: Goonhilly Datacenter Cornwall

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    Goonhilly Datacenter Cornwall

    Hey All,

    Was invited to a networking event down at Goonhilly earth station (Cornwall Uk), the site was owned by BT but has now been bought by a local company, It's early days but they have plans for a Data center with 10GBps connectivity, still early days at the moment, but worth keeping an eye on. Would any of you consider using Cornwall as a place to host your servers from?

    Goonhilly Earth Station | satellite communication service, deep space coms, radio astronomy.

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    It could be interesting if they can get access to the various transatlantic fibres which land in that area. Otherwise it seems a bit out of the way given that you'll have to haul everything across the country.
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    Yes that the only issue, but could be ok for a possible DR site and for small businesses with only a couple of servers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by packet3 View Post
    Yes that the only issue, but could be ok for a possible DR site and for small businesses with only a couple of servers.
    I'm sure it'll be interesting for local businesses in Cornwall and Devon. I guess the closest options they have at the moment are the couple of small datacentres in Bristol or Safehosts at Cheltenham.

    Quite an interesting location having had a nosy around their site. There's some mention of subsea fibre on there - I guess that'll be the systems run by consortiums which BT is part of.
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    Very true, would probably be interesting for local businesses - but as someone who lived in Cornwall for a bit, and is now engaged to a Cornish woman, I would be nervous having servers down there - they're only ever one pasty shortage away from rising up, blowing the bridges over the Tamar and declaring independence.

    Realistically, I think the transport links to the rest of the country would be too dodgy for anyone trying to do serious business who didn't live in the area - the Lizard may be nice for holidays, but even the main roads down there are single track and made of mud, and you just know the only time your servers would fail is when you'd get stuck in the 13 hour bank holiday caravan traffic jams.
    Last edited by burble; 1st May 2014 at 11:07 AM.

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    Getting breakout at the landing stations is going to be the most difficult part I think. No one really does that.

    Even Farice landing in Scotland, used to terminate at Scolocate but due to lack of uptake they swung it all the way down to London.

    As above, I've been on hols down there, wouldn't want to be driving in a hurry to find yourself stuck behind a tractor! :P
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