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The highly secure state-of-the-art hosting space has been launched after huge growth in the sector

Cloud firm UKFast has launched a new state-of-the-art data centre.

The facility designed primarily to meet the needs of its growing number of government and public sector customers.

The move is in reaction to the Hulme-based firm’s growth in public sector revenue increase, which grew 43 per cent organically in the first half of 2018, compared with the same period last year.

The new data centre, named MaNOC 9, represents a multimillion-pound investment and has huge security including CCTV systems, razor-wire fencing and high-security, single-entry door systems.

To enable the delivery of Artificial Intelligence (AI) services directly from MaNOC 9, the data centre is equipped with supercomputers which utilise high-powered processing cards and technology to accelerate 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.”

UKFast’s data centre estate is connected directly into private networks including the Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) and Public Sector Network (PSN), enabling suppliers to deliver cloud services directly to the public sector.

Stephen Jewell, head of UKFast public sector said: “There’s an appetite from public sector organisations to unlock new technologies like AI, big data and machine learning. We’re enabling them to do this by plugging in and accessing burstable cloud facilities at a moment’s notice, which is something they just couldn’t do before.

“This investment is the next step in enabling true digital transformation across all of our public services.”

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