• UKFast launches multi-million-pound public sector and AI data centre

        • UKFast has unveiled the latest addition to its data centre portfolio with the launch of a new hosting facility, designed primarily to meet the needs of its growing number of government and public sector customers.

          The British hosting provider saw public sector revenue increase 43 per cent organically in the first half of 2018, compared with the same period last year.Revenue growth is being driven in part by rapidly accelerating public sector cloud sales, which saw a 100 per cent increase during the six-month period. 

          The new Tier 3 data centre, named MaNOC 9, represents a multi-million-pound investment and is equipped with multi-factor access security, CCTV systems, razor-wire fencing and high-security, single-entry door systems.

          To enable the delivery of Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions directly from MaNOC 9, the data centre is equipped with NVIDIA DGX-1 supercomputers which utilise high-powered GPU cards and CUDA technology to accelerate deep neural network and machine learning development. 

          Lawrence Jones, UKFast CEO said, “our existing government data centre is filling up fast and we realise that now is the time to deliver strategic investment and accommodate the growing demand for our services from the UK government and public sector.

          “We’re incredibly proud to launch this space for our government and public sector clients and for any organisations in regulated sectors looking for a high-level security offering. By creating this facility, we also expand our ability to deliver replicated environments to the public sector, which is an increasingly common demand.

          “The addition of the AI technology is a hugely exciting step. These supercomputers are purpose built for deep learning and analytics and enable our clients to take advantage of solutions that put them at a huge advantage against their competitors.”

          The latest digital metering equipment is installed at MaNOC 9 to ensure power consumption levels are optimised, guaranteeing the most efficient and cost-effective energy usage possible. The site is concurrently maintainable, utilising separate A and B supply paths for power and cooling, allowing for work to be undertaken on hardware with no disruption to client solutions.

          The facility is designed and built in-house by UKFast Space – the full-service team of builders, joiners and electricians responsible for the build of UKFast’s existing data centres and the complete redesign and refit of UKFast Campus. The firm’s data centre engineering team completed the technical build.

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