We don’t often think about it, but beneath our streets, a quiet revolution has been taking place.

The great legacy of Victorian engineering is the sewerage system in towns and cities across the UK. Many of these are still in operation and, these days, it’s not just sewage they’re carrying: it’s your data.

Putting optical fibre into sewers is just one of the ways that we’re meeting your demands for the fastest connectivity and transit of data between our datacentres and the UK’s Internet exchanges. iomart Group plc, our parent company, today announced a multi-million pound investment into a high capacity, dedicated fibre optic network provided by Geo Networks Ltd.

The new fibre network will provide a 1,860 kilometre ring between iomart six’s datacentre locations in London, Glasgow, Manchester, Maidenhead, Nottingham and Leicester.

What this means is that, in addition to owning and operating the datacentres, iomart’s investment will create the fastest and most resilient network of any hosting and cloud provider in the UK.

So what does this mean for our customers?

Simply put, it’ll make our current network even more reliable and allow us to offer multi-site hosting – if you need the option to keep your servers geographically separated for backup or resilience needs. It’ll also mean we can take our network right up to your door – ideal for secure, private cloud setups.

Understandably, this is a significant but exciting technical challenge and our team are working hard to bring you the increased reliability and speed as soon as we can. In the meantime, watch this short video explaining what’s being done:

So the next time you’re using your iPhone while you’re sitting on the throne, just remember, you’ll be using the sewerage system in more ways than one…

[googleplusauthor] @ Melbourne