UKFast backs new tech start-up

Manchester Evening News - - BUSINESS - By SHELINA BE­GUM shelina.be­gum@men­media.co.uk @She­li­naBegum_

FAST-GROW­ING Manch­ester soft­ware startup Re­con­fig­ure.io, has been backed by lead­ing cloud host­ing firm UKFast.

The start-up is be­hind tech­nol­ogy which is tack­ling the ma­jor global prob­lem of IT sys­tems strug­gling to cope with the mas­sive data de­mands driven by growth in ar­eas such as cy­ber se­cu­rity, ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence and on­line me­dia.

Re­con­fig­ure.io em­ploys a team of 13 work­ing across the globe, in­clud­ing a num­ber of high-end de­vel­op­ers in the USA.

The move makes UKFast the largest sin­gle in­vestor in Re­con­fig­ure. io’s cur­rent fund­ing round and is part of CEO Lawrence Jones’ mis­sion to speed up the in­ter­net.

Jones said: “This is an ex­traor­di­nar­ily ex­cit­ing in­vest­ment for UKFast and for the fu­ture of the in­ter­net. There are only so many times you can launch a new chip with in­creased pro­cess­ing power or add more cores.

“Re­con­fig­ure.io is un­lock­ing the tech­nol­ogy that sup­ports growth in vir­tual re­al­ity, big data and ma­chine learn­ing. There is an in­cred­i­ble fu­ture ahead for these guys.

“Ul­ti­mately, we’re com­mit­ted to speed­ing up the in­ter­net – it’s in our DNA – and Re­con­fig­ure.io is fa­cil­i­tat­ing the very tech­nol­ogy to make this hap­pen. We’ll be look­ing to make use of it within our prod­ucts as we look to in­te­grate greater use of AI and ma­chine learn­ing.

“Re­con­fig­ure.io is un­doubt­edly set to make a huge dif­fer­ence to a lot of busi­nesses.”

Re­con­fig­ure.io CEO Rob Tay­lor said: “With this in­vest­ment, UKFast be­comes the sin­gle largest in­vestor in this fund­ing round.

“We look for­ward to build­ing a work­ing part­ner­ship and cre­at­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of com­put­ing in­fra­struc­ture.”

Rob Tay­lor and Lawrence Jones

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