Six Degrees Group has announced the opening of a major new data centre in the heart of Birmingham. Located alongside the city’s thriving ‘Silicon Canal’, the brand new 5,800m2 state-of-the-art facility will deliver high performance energy-efficient data centre space to meet the increasing demands of businesses across the Midlands and the UK.
Mike Ing, COO at 6DG, commented: “This is a significant investment from Six Degrees that helps to cement Britain’s second city as a major digital hub for the future. It also establishes us as one of the leading players in the Midlands hosting marketplace.”
As one of the largest data centre properties in the Midlands, the new facility has been designed to the highest standard. It is Uptime Institute Tier III Design Certified, meaning that its performance and reliability have been independently assessed. Each data hall delivers 1.5MW of capacity with industry-leading energy efficiency capabilities at a design PUE of 1.3, almost halving the power consumption for customers migrating from legacy facilities.
Timothy Arnold, Colo Technology Director at 6DG, stated: “Birmingham Central will better enable our new and existing customers to take full advantage of our converged proposition, with our own on-net Next Generation Network, enterprise cloud services and IP telephony designed with the highest levels of reliability in mind. With two flagship data centre facilities in the Midlands, we can offer best-of-breed opportunities for disaster recovery and back up.”
This development comes in a time of much uncertainty surrounding the data centre market in a post-Brexit UK.
Jonathan Arnold, Managing Director, Volta Data Centres commented, “It is unsurprising that more businesses are choosing to host their data within a London data centre due to the growing uncertainty around EU data regulations. No-one is clear whether the impending exit from the EU will result in major changes to data security regulations and whether these regulations will be the same across both the UK and the rest of the EU. We’ve seen from our recent survey that UK consumers are concerned about data privacy laws, with 69% admitting they would worry if they knew that their personal information was being held in countries that had different data protection laws to the UK.”