UKFast launches multi-million pound public sector and AI data centre

Cloud firm UKFast has unveiled the latest addition to its expanding data centre portfolio with the launch of a new state-of-the-art hosting facility.

Designed primarily to meet the needs of its growing number of government and public sector customers, the new Tier 3 data centre, named MaNOC 9, represents a multi-million pound investment and is equipped with multi-factor access security, CCTV systems, razor-wire fencing and high-security, single-entry door systems.

UKFast saw public sector revenue increase 43% organically in the first half of 2018, compared with the same period last year. Revenue growth is being driven in part by rapidly accelerating public sector cloud sales, which saw a 100% increase during the six-month period.

To enable the delivery of Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions directly from MaNOC 9, the data centre is equipped with NVIDIA DGX-1 supercomputers, which utilise high-powered GPU cards and CUDA technology to accelerate deep neural network and machine learning development.

“Our existing government data centre is filling up fast and we realise that now is the time to deliver strategic investment and accommodate the growing demand for our services from the UK government and public sector,” asid UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones.

“We’re incredibly proud to launch this space for our government and public sector clients and for any organisations in regulated sectors looking for a high-level security offering. By creating this facility we also expand our ability to deliver replicated environments to the public sector, which is an increasingly common demand.

“The addition of the AI technology is a hugely exciting step. These supercomputers are purpose built for deep learning and analytics and enable our clients to take advantage of solutions that put them at a huge advantage against their competitors.”

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