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Colocation

Revolutionise Your Infrastructure with Next-Gen Colocation Services in Leeds

Tier 3+ colocation services to support all of your connectivity and scalability demands

Our Heritage

With over two decades of experience as a leader in telecommunications, aql delivers innovative solutions in mobile messaging, IP telephony, and IoT connectivity.

In addition to being a mobile network operator, our APIs enable businesses across all industries to go to market quicker, providing best in class integrations.

Our robust infrastructure has supported billions of SMS messages and billions of voice minutes, ensuring secure and reliable communication services that empower a connected society.

The Heart of Leeds

aql is the only central Leeds Data Centre operator. Our prime location provides carrier-neutral, diverse physical fibre interconnects to all major national operators.

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Why Use Our Next-Gen Colocation?

By leveraging aql’s Tier 3+ colocation services, you entrust us with the management of power, security, and maintenance for your servers and equipment, while gaining access to our expansive national network.

As a leading telecoms operator, our telephony API services are seamlessly accessible from any of our data centres, including messaging, voice, IoT, and mobile networking access.

Preferential rates are available for all customers looking to grow their businesses using our scalability offerings.
Resiliance is built into everything we do. We've worked hard to ensure diverse capabilities are implemented and tested regularly.
Our platforms have been built from the group up with digital and physical security in mind.
Our dedicated Support team offer 24/7 guidance. We pride ourselves on fast, professional and clear responses to enquiries.
As your business grows, we can support you! We empower a variety of organisations with local, national and global requirements.
Dependant on your individual requirements, managed services are possible for a variety of our offerings.
This national network is supported by carrier neutrality, high performance computing, and our affiliation with the not-for-profit organisation, IX Leeds.

Standard Data Centre Pathway vs aql Pathway to National Network

Our state-of-the-art, high-security data centres are strategically situated throughout Leeds, each exclusively owned and operated by aql. Each rack in our carrier neutral data centres allows access to our unique national network and scalable technologies.
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National Network

Colocating at an aql data centre allows you access to our unique national network, including international PoPs (point of presence).

aql Points of Presence: Leeds
• Salem Chapel, Leeds(DC2 & DC3)
• Canon House, Leeds (DC5)
• The Calls, Leeds
• Capital Way, Leeds
• Elland, Leeds

aql Points of Presence: North
• Equinix Williams & Kilburn, Manchester
• Barton Dock, Manchester
• York
• Bracewell
• Bispham

aql Points of Presence: London
• Telehouse North
• Telehouse East
• Equinix, Meridian Gate
• Equinix, 6/7 Harbour Exchange
• Equinix, 8/9 Harbour Exchange
• Equinix, Sovereign House
• Equinix, Bonnington House
• Interxion Hanbury Street/Brick Lane
• Global Switch, Nutmeg Lane
• City Lifeline, Clifton Street
• Century Link, Goswell Road
• Century Link, Braham Street
• London Hosting Centre (Telstra)

aql Points of Presence: South
• Woodwalton, Cambridge
• Fawley
• Hounslow

aql Points of Presence: non-UK Sites
• NIK Amsterdam
• INX Frankfurt
• TH2 Paris
• Telecity 2 Amsterdam
• ManxIX Isle of Man
• Norway
• Denmark

Carrier Neutrality

Our national network and infrastructure provide carrier-neutral access for all our customers.
Launched in September 2010, IX Leeds, is a unique, not-for-profit internet exchange. This dynamic data hub provides access to an extensive network of regional and national peers, whose objectives are to bolster network resilience, minimise latency, and curtail overall traffic backhaul costs towards London. Colocation customers gain access to free interconnects to IX Leeds, giving them the opportunity to peer with many of the UK’s IP connectivity providers.

Explore Our Data Centres

Situated in the heart of South Bank, Leeds, aql data centres boast a prime location for diverse physical fibre interconnects to all major national operators. Our data centres offer a Tier 3 solution, also meeting many Tier 4 criteria, which suitably means they are positioned as "Tier 3+ ." This enhanced rating ensures a more resilient and secure solution.

Salem Chapel

DC2

130m2

DC2 is located at Salem Chapel in Leeds, the same site as aql’s DC3. It operates independently to the Tier 3+ standard. This facility is primarily utilised for carriers.

DC3

230m2

DC3 is also a Tier 3+ high-capacity site, offering secure, high-quality, carrier-neutral colocation services and access to aql’s specialist network, resources and support.

Canon House

DC5

650m2

Based just outside of Leeds city centre, DC5 is a multi-storey facility designed for everything from standard hosting to high performance computing (HPC).

Shared Northern DC

650m2

In partnership with Jisc, aql offers members (including research and educational institutions) placement within the shared data centre north, located in DC5. This includes complimentary peering options to other members, as well as privileged access to our HPC facilities.

Rack Availability

Shared Rack

Used for smaller
businesses

1/4 Rack

Standard business dependent on requirements

1/2 Rack

Standard business dependent on requirements

Full Rack

Standard business dependent on requirements

Pods

Used by larger organisations such
as universities

Real Time Power Data

At aql, we offer next-gen services providing automation to help customers make informed decisions. Our intelligent IoT hardware is integrated into every rack, enabling us to accurately measure power usage. Our customer account centre allows users to also access this real-time data to see correlations between task completion, power usage, and resulting charges.

High-Performance Computing (HPC)

aql have industry leading capabilities with our purpose-built high-speed network, meticulously crafted for AI, voice, and data-intensive tasks. Our HPC facilities play an indispensable role for academic institutions and industries focusing on innovation.
Discover the power of our HPC offering across various domains:
Choosing to colocate with us not only grants access to our HPC capabilities but also ensures rapid, low-latency connectivity into aql’s national network.

Ensuring Data Security: Colocation Centre Safeguards

ISO 27001

aql’s information-security management system is ISO 27001 certified.  As part of our commitment to safeguarding your data, we regularly conduct test scenarios to enhance our resilience against diverse natural and man-made disasters.
Since 2008, aql has fostered a robust partnership with Jisc, diligently shaping the technological landscape behind the northern shared data centre. DC5 stands as a beacon of connectivity, directly integrated into the core of the Janet network.

"The partnership with aql means that our members can procure off-site data centre services that frees-up IT teams to better support staff and students. We look forward to working with aql ... via the framework and developing our relationship to deliver more cost-effective, energy-efficient and scalable services."

Alec Wright
Cloud and Data Centre Services Manager
Launched in September 2010, IX Leeds, is a unique, not-for-profit internet exchange. This dynamic data hub provides access to an extensive network of regional and national peers, whose objectives are to bolster network resilience, minimise latency, and curtail overall traffic backhaul costs towards London. 

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