Col­eraine is site for first com­mer­cial data cen­tre

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - News - BY MAR­GARET CAN­NING

GLOBAL firm 5NINES has opened North­ern Ire­land’s first com­mer­cial data cen­tre in Co Lon­don­derry four years af­ter its site was se­lected as an en­ter­prise zone.

The open­ing of the cen­tre for data stor­age in Col­eraine — part of a £20m in­vest­ment — comes af­ter then Chan­cel­lor Ge­orge Os­borne an­nounced its lo­ca­tion as North­ern Ire­land’s first en­ter­prise zone in 2014.

BT al­ready op­er­ates a data cen­tre in Belfast for pub­lic sector IT ser­vices.

5NINE’S fa­cil­ity makes it the first ten­ant at the new At­lantic Link En­ter­prise Campus and en­ter­prise zone — close to the land­ing point of the Project Kelvin transat­lantic fi­bre op­tic ca­bles.

Paul Bes­ley, gen­eral man­ager of 5NINES NI, said: “This truly is a world-class fa­cil­ity for North­ern Ire­land, pro­vid­ing highly-ef­fi­cient and ex­cep­tion­ally se­cure data stor­age. At a time when peo­ple and busi­nesses are pro­duc­ing and con­sum­ing vast quan­ti­ties of data, the se­cu­rity of that in­for­ma­tion has never been more im­por­tant, es­pe­cially fol­low­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of the Gen­eral Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion (GDPR).

“This cen­tre al­lows all data to be col­lected, stored and pro­cessed lo­cally from a pur­pose-built mod­ern fa­cil­ity.”

He said the cen­tre could of­fer flex­i­bil­ity to clients as it was not tied to a par­tic­u­lar tele­coms provider. “Also, be­ing lo­cated with the Project Kelvin transat­lantic ca­ble gives our cus­tomers ac­cess to the fastest con­nec­tiv­ity to the USA for any UK data cen­tre.”

He said sec­tors like fin­tech, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal re­search and cy­ber-se­cu­rity all re­quired the level of stor­age pro­vided from a data cen­tre.

The cen­tre is cov­ered by CCTV, with all sys­tems backed up to en­sure there is “vir­tu­ally no chance” of an out­age, he con­tin­ued.

5NINES owns data cen­tres across the world, in­clud­ing in the Nether­lands, Fin­land, France and the United States.

Brenda Chivers, Mayor of Cause­way Coast and Glens Bor­ough Coun­cil, said: “The open­ing of the 5NINES data cen­tre marks a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in the de­vel­op­ment of the At­lantic Link En­ter­prise Campus.

“As the first en­ter­prise zone to be es­tab­lished in North­ern Ire­land, the ground-break­ing campus is ide­ally placed to re­alise our vi­sion for cre­at­ing a dig­i­tal and cre­ative econ­omy for home­grown busi­nesses and in­ter­na­tional in­vest­ment.”

And she said she hoped it would be the first of many ten­ants “as they take ad­van­tage of the tax ben­e­fits, be­yond the ex­ist­ing busi­ness ad­van­tage”.

North­ern Ire­land Cham­ber of Com­merce chief ex­ec­u­tive Ann Mcgre­gor also wel­comed the de­vel­op­ment.

“It is good to see a busi­ness form­ing close to the land­ing sta­tion of Project Kelvin which con­nects North­ern Ire­land to North Amer­ica via the GTT North sub-ma­rine ca­ble system.

“5NINES, the new data cen­tre at At­lantic Link, will be able to take ad­van­tage of the in­fra­struc­ture avail­able. We hope that it is the first of many.

“It is also a very pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment for North­ern Ire­land busi­nesses to have a data cen­tre ser­vice on their doorstep.”

An en­ter­prise zone is a lo­ca­tion of­fer­ing high-tech firms tax in­cen­tives and a sim­pli­fied plan­ning process to lo­cate there.

Paul Bes­ley, 5NINES

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