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Big businesses invest in UK data centres
Posted by Colin Woods on 17/01 at 04:04 PM Data centre,
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Big data is everywhere with more people generating user generated content (UGC) through a variety of devices which means the tech world is having to find extra data storage space. With customer data expected to reach 1.7 Mbps per person by 2020 through due to work requirements, extensive use of social media, Internet of things, mapping, gaming, etc, the need for data centres is increasing. 

The result is international tech giants have decided to invest in the UK and build data centres here to ensure they are not missing out on local business. They also want to make sure they have something to offer when we leave the EU and businesses opt for UK data centres rather than European ones.
Organisations such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have already made the decision to create their next generation of data centres within the UK.

SalesForce opened its first European data centre in 2014 and have announced another two data centres to be built in the UK since then. 
With the negative impact of Brexit being keenly felt in the business world with price increases being an accepted side effect, one of the positive outcomes is the accelerated investment technology companies are willing to make in the UK data centre market.

And with more businesses turning to the “hybrid cloud” model by either blending on-premise and hosted solutions or public and private cloud solutions, data centres are needed either way.
So while the big boys take their time to create their UK data centres, what options are available to these businesses?

swcomms purpose-built data centre has been operating since 2001. Located on the outskirts of Exeter, it provides all the security, resilience and reliability of a next generation data centre. We also have high-speed, 10Gbps private link to our dedicated space at NGD in Newport, South Wales, the largest data centre in Europe.

Basically, we’ve been doing this UK data centre thing for 16 years now and host many businesses’ servers and data, providing ideal disaster recovery, business continuity or cloud solutions. We made our investment a long time ago. We’re pleased to see the idea has caught on!

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Colin Woods on 17/01/2017

Head of cloud and connectivity sales, Colin is responsible for espousing the virtues of our data centre services, including co-location, managed hosting, cloud services, filtering, hosted exchange, traditional voice services through to SIP trunking, all aspects of Internet connectivity and inter-site connectivity.

A Karate instructor for 28 years and a former UK squad member, Colin is little more relaxed in his spare time now choosing to walk his two dogs, Simba and Aslan.