Exa Networks, driving the future of internet technology to Yorkshire businesses
Founded in 2003, Exa Networks has steadily built a reputation as an expert in its industry - and this latest development is one of the most exciting in its history, solidifying its commitment to providing businesses with the most effective internet services possible.
Beginning with just six members of staff in a small office in Dean Clough, Halifax, Exa Networks has certainly experienced considerable growth in the thirteen years since its formation. Created in the days when dial-up was considered to be a cutting edge service, Exa was founded by Mark Cowgill and Thomas Mangin when the ISP they previously worked for was sold to a company whose ethos was in antithesis to their own.
As a result, they decided to build their own network and develop the dedicated internet connections and products that businesses require - accompanied by the customer care and technical support that have earned them two customer service awards from the Internet Service Provider’s Association in the last four years. Their dedication to being at the forefront of technology has certainly paid off as they now provide services to thousands of organisations across the UK, and are one of the leading independent ISPs to the education sector.
In January this year the company moved to their new home in the heart of Bradford. The three floor building provided much-needed space for their near fifty member (and ever-growing) team, and increased hosting of industry events - as well as enabling them to build their very own data centre.
However, despite their change of location, the company has maintained the pioneering ethos on which it was founded. From developing ExaBGP, a network tool used by some of the largest companies in the world - including Facebook, Microsoft and Google - to SurfProtect, a content filtering service used by thousands of schools every day, they are committed to building the solutions their customers need. It is because of this commitment that they developed DarkLight® - a dark fibre connection delivered by a network that is capable of achieving speeds of over 2,500,000Mbps.
Made possible through Exa Networks’ recent partnership with CityFibre, DarkLight has opened up a new world of digital possibilities for businesses in Yorkshire. This pure fibre connection is not limited by the traditional constraints of restricted bandwidth capacity or third party network infrastructure. As a result, a business will never have to install a new, higher capacity line, or assess if its connectivity technology is still suitable. Should they increase employee number, their use of cloud services or rich media, the size of their downloads, uploads, or anything at all, their connection can be adjusted within minutes to provide the bandwidth increase they need; on both a temporary or permanent basis.
Mark Cowgill comments, “We’re really excited to be able to bring this world class internet service to both the city we call home and businesses throughout the region. In the same way that broadband transformed what was achievable following dial-up, DarkLight can truly revolutionise what a company is capable of.”
With their expansion of DarkLight set to extend into even more cities and towns in the coming months, Exa Networks’ growth looks like it won’t be slowing down anytime soon.
Published: 05 October 2016