Two MEN Business of The Year winners, UKFast and Sudlows, have teamed up to open a high-power data centre in Manchester in the first quarter of the year.
The new development, MaNOC3, will incorporate 12,000 servers to deliver entirely carbon neutral hosting to an impressive list of UK clients including HSBC, Barclays, T-mobile and JJB Sports.
Lawrence Jones, Managing Director of UKFast says, “We are very excited to be creating one of the UK’s most energy efficient facilities with the specialists at Sudlows. With the completion of this data centre, we are not only providing carbon neutral hosting but our future plans mean we will be producing our own green energy – a first for any UK hosting provider.”
John Collins, Managing Director of Sudlows says, “This is a great project for both of our highly successful businesses; that two local companies with complimentary expertise can work collectively to create a truly innovative and green data centre, serves to enhance Manchester’s growing reputation as the “Next Generation Digital City.”
Sudlows has been working on the UKFast project for the past 12 months and will incorporate the latest UPS and Free Cooling technology to increase energy efficiency and cost effectiveness.
Andy Hirst, Specialist Projects Director at Sudlows says, “As a dynamic business, we look to keep one step ahead of current technological trends for optimum resilience, redundancy and energy usage.”
Both companies take their environmental impact extremely seriously and as practicing members of The Green Grid consortium for energy efficient data centres, Sudlows has been ideally positioned to advise and support UKFast throughout this exciting new project. “Our expertise particularly means we can recommend the most innovative Data Centre products as soon as they arrive on the market to bring long term carbon reduction benefits,” says Hirst.
Jones says that the new data centre is a vital piece of their carbon neutral jigsaw puzzle which is set to fall in to place after two years in development. MaNOC3 is designed with energy saving in mind, working towards the reduction of power needed to operate machinery and free cooling systems that harness the external ambient temperature to keep temperatures stable at the facility.
Jones states, “UKFast’s new data centre will assist with the reduction of our overall power consumption and contribute toward the UK target to keep global temperature increase below the 2 degree Celsius threshold. If we can achieve this across the board we can help to stave off the worst effects of climate change.”