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Datum to open two new data centres in UK

Written by Fri 10 Feb 2023

The Datum Group has announced two new data centres, as well as plans to expand capacity at existing data centre sites in the UK. The current data centres, located in Farnborough and Manchester, were obtained by Datum last November as a part of a Teledata acquisition.

Datum plans to build one additional facility on each site of the former Teledata data centres. The new sites are expected to be operational by 2024. In Farnborough, the FRN2 data centre will have 600 racks on the ground floor at phase one, but with the option to double this capacity in the future should the demand exist.

Teledata Director, Matt Edgley, noted that the new building will support scalable operations for business customers.

“This expansion will allow us to build on our excellent reputation in Manchester for providing premium colocation services. Our new facilities in Farnborough and Manchester will provide even more businesses with the high-quality data centre services they need to grow and succeed,” said Edgley.

Designed for a slightly larger footprint, the MCR2 facility will have more than 1,000 server racks across 25,000 square feet. This will help Datum provide services to the fast-growing Manchester tech market. The city was recently named ‘the largest tech hub outside London’ when the city raised a record £532m in funding for tech companies, encompassing 1,600 startups and scaleups employing 60,000 residents.

Dominic Phillips, CEO of Datum Group, said that the strategy was created in response to demand for services.

“Our decision to open two new data centre facilities is a response to the strong demand we are seeing for our services, and will allow us to support our clients’ growth by providing enterprise-grade colocation through our network of high-security data centers,” he said.

Teledata announced plans to open a separate site in Manchester last summer, in a building that it had acquired. The company intended to fit a data centre into the existing structure, offering a similar capacity. The MCR2 facility will take the place of this structure, which will be demolished so a new build can be constructed on the site.

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Written by Fri 10 Feb 2023

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