UK home secretary Theresa May has officially opened a multi-million pound extension to a data centre, owned and operated by cloud player iomart Group.
May was this week given a tour of the 1,500 square metre data centre extension on the Clivemont Road industrial estate in Maidenhead.
May said: “Data centres are an important part of the global economy so I’m delighted to open this new facility for iomart. The technology on show is impressive and will allow businesses to be better connected than ever.”
Iomart bought the data centre as part of its acquisition of Maidenhead-based web hosting company RapidSwitch in 2009. The upgraded data centre showcases new technology from Cisco, which allows network infrastructure and services to be automatically provisioned and scaled for customers.
Angus MacSween, CEO of iomart, said: “Data centres are the motorways of the future and this facility enables us to provide flexible and bespoke services to our customers, and puts us at the heart of the next generation of software defined data centre technology.”
The new extension took 12 months to complete and has capacity to hold up to 630 racks containing up to 30,000 physical and as many as 500,000 virtual servers.
Iomart owns and operates data centres at eight locations across the UK and recently announced an annual growth in revenue of 29 percent to £55.6 million.