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November 28, 2016

Citadel100 founder launches three tier data centre in Newcastle

Tyneside gets another boost in its plan to be a northern data centre powerhouse

By Hannah Williams

Former owner of Citadel100 Data centres, euNetworks and Seafibre Networks, Noel Meaney, has announced his new data centre venture named Stellium.

With plans to target wholesale, rack services and cloud solutions, Stellium’s data centres have been purpose-built based on the recognition that there is no longer a single type of computing or workload in today’s globalised digital economy.

The new data centre, located in Newcastle, is the first in the area to provide fibre optic networks, constructed to BREEAM Excellent and Outstanding Standards with power usage effectiveness (PUE) rating of 1.16.

citadel100It is to have its own dedicated power supply from an adjacent National Grid Interconnector, which provides up to 80MVA via four 20 MVA 11Kv feeds from two dedicated SSE substations.

A total of 40km metro fibre network was invested by Meaney, it connects Stellium’s data centres to multiple long-haul and international carriers, ensuring Stellium’s clients have low-latency, high-capacity connectivity to London, Europe and the US.

The Stellium tier 3 campus has the power, scale and flexibility to provide enterprise-level cloud infrastructure, dedicated and shared co-location services, and powered shell facilities that enable customers to configure the data centre to their own requirements.

Meaney said: “We are in an age when the data centre has become a powerhouse of modern business. The way we store, manage, manipulate and move data is driving and creating new market opportunities, whether it’s convergence and cloud computing, or big data and the Internet of Things.

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“Data centres are the hub of modern business operations and can no longer be viewed simply as a commodity. Instead, they have evolved to become a strategic business asset.”

Newcastle, which is located on the same latitude as Dublin and Amsterdam, is fast becoming an internationally recognised technology innovation hub and a recent report identifies it as the second, only to London, for growth in the UK tech sector.

Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council said: “Combined with the £30m National Institute for Smart Data Innovation on Newcastle Science Central and world-leading and renowned research at our universities, having this kind of infrastructure will now allow us to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the explosion in big data.”

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