UKFast Launches Manchester's Most Powerful Data Centre Complex

Article date: Mon, 17 Dec 2012 16:11 GMT

Cloud and colocation specialist UKFast

Cloud and colocation specialist UKFast opens the doors to the city's most powerful data centre complex today in Trafford Park, boosting the region's connectivity and bringing more choice to Manchester's data centre market.

UKFast's £14m DCPlex™ - made up of 3 new facilities, MaNOC® 5, 6 and 7, and the firm's first wholly-owned data centre MaNOC4 (Manchester Network Operation Centres) which launched last year - brings much needed competition to the region.

UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones said: "Two years ago I was fed up with the lack of choice in the North West - the few data centre providers at the time were changing hands regularly and fell well short of the standards we required so the only credible option was to invest in our own.

"Within 12 months of launching our first data centre, we had filled it to capacity as demand in the region was so high, so we set out to build a data centre complex. The new data centres dwarf other Manchester operators with more power per square foot than any other data centre provider we have found outside of London."

Bringing national and international Tier 1 and Tier 2 carriers and service providers into Manchester, the new data centres significantly accelerate and strengthen the city's position in the digital economy.

Jones continued: "The DCPlex brings huge benefits for the local business community. It's our job to give everyone access to leading-edge services from major international carriers ensuring we make our clients more competitive in international markets.

"Manchester has great potential to be the new digital hub of the UK but we need more data centre space and better connectivity. It's too easy to blame broadband for poor download speeds. The real answer is to speed up every aspect of your hosting serviceto guarantee great results.

"The businesses who understand this are the ones making a killing online. Whilst many businesses attempt to save money compromising their speed, there are a few people who are gaining the lion's share."

UKFast last week scooped a DataCenterDynamics EMEA award just over a year since its move into the data centre and having recently announced the appointment of former Telecity and UKGrid sales director Rudi Feitsma to head of data centre sales. The firm has also embarked upon a huge recruitment drive with the aim of hiring 200 people across the City Tower head office and data centre locations within the next 18 months.

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