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December 8, 2014

Manchester gets new data centre

Datacentred to provide colo and cloud from its second data centre.

By Ben Sullivan

Data centre provider DataCentred will be setting up shop in Manchester’s The Sharp Project, occupying 58,000ft² at the digital content production complex.

The firm said there was high demand for a second Manchester site due to strong demand for its collocation and storage services, which are all currently serviced from its 850-rack data centre in Salford.

DataCentred CEO, Mike Kelly, said that the move will help the firm establish a local internet network support by multiple telecoms providers.

He said: "Our presence at The Sharp Project brings DataCentred one step closer to implementing our strategy of increased regional connectivity, which we are leading, as companies increasingly seek regional solutions to their data centre requirements."

DataCentred plans to capitalise on the rise of Big Data, Video-on-Demand and compute-heavy applications and address the colocation and computing requirements of the 80% of UK businesses who are currently managing their computing estates in-house.

Sue Woodward, founder of The Sharp Project, said: "It’s fantastic to partner up with such a leading force in the data centre sector. Not only will our tenants and other local businesses benefit from having this resource on site, but, by creating a digital bridge across to our neighbours at MediaCityUK, the region’s biggest media hubs will be linked enabling even more collaboration. Having Datacentred based at The Sharp Project will generate even more jobs and help boost the local economy."

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