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France’s Ardian acquires data centre provider Verne Global from UK’s Digital 9

Ardian has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of data centre provider, Verne Global, from British investment firm, Digital 9 Infrastructure.  Ardian said it will assist Verne Global in realising an expansion plan in the Nordics. This will be led by CEO at Verne Global, Dominic Ward. The French private equity firm recognised the Nordics… Read More

Clean energy company Aira to help one million British homes move away from gas

Swedish clean energy-tech company, Aira, has announced it will help one million UK customers switch from gas boilers to a clean-tech solution over the next decade. Aira said it will invest £300 million ($380 million) in the next three years to accelerate decarbonisation. The energy company will reduce the UK’s CO2 emissions to the equivalent… Read More

First-of-its-kind data centre announced for UK space innovation

Data centre provider, the Centre for Modelling and Simulation (CFMS), and the UK Space Agency have announced a first-of-its-kind data centre for next-generation artificial intelligence (AI), space engineering, robotics, and simulation. Funded by the UK Space Agency’s Space Cluster Infrastructure Fund (SCIF), the CFMS will launch the Collaborative Space Data Centre (CoSDaC) pilot project. This… Read More

Kao Data goes live with KLON-02 data centre in Harlow

Kao Data has announced the completion and operational launch of its second data centre, KLON-02, at its Harlow campus. This 10MW NVIDIA DGX-Ready facility is aimed at supporting advanced computing and AI. KLON-02 is reportedly powered by 100% renewable energy. Its architecture, which has achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’ certification, is designed to deliver a Power Usage… Read More

UK tech firms favour London over New York for IPO, survey finds

A survey by accounting company, RSM UK, found that London remains the most popular place to list an initial public offering (IPO) globally among UK media and tech businesses. In the ‘Media and Technology Survey’, RSM found that 64% of UK tech and media businesses selected the UK as a place they are considering an… Read More

UK announces Data Protection and Digital Information Bill amendments to improve data security

The UK Government will amend the Data Protection and Digital Information Bill to improve national security, data security, and prevent fraud. The amendments are expected to deliver post-Brexit economic opportunities to the tune of at least £4 billion ($5 billion). The Government said the ‘common-sense’ amendments to the UK Data Protection and Digital Information Bill… Read More

Rishi Sunak unveils almost £30bn foreign investment in UK tech and infrastructure

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has unveiled a substantial £29.5 billion ($37.2 billion) investment in the UK tech, life sciences, renewables, housing, and infrastructure. This investment is set to create thousands of jobs across the country in these key areas. Sunak said: “[The investment] will create thousands of new jobs and are a huge vote of… Read More

US-based Palantir secures £330m NHS contract for new data platform

Software company, Palantir Technologies UK, have been awarded a contract worth up to £330 million ($416 million) to provide software for the new NHS Federated Data Platform. The Federated Data Platform is expected to deliver better care for millions of patients by reducing waiting lists and hospital discharge delays. The software will also enable data… Read More

China makes steps towards world’s first commercial underwater data centre

Underwater data centre company, Beijing Highlander, has successfully installed a core data module on the seabed off Hainan Island in China, marking a step towards the world’s first commercial data centre. China Central Television reported the core data module weighs 1,300 metric tons and is submerged 30 metres underwater. The system can process more than… Read More

Applications filed for more Slough data centres

An unnamed developer has filed an Environmental Screening Opinion request with Slough Borough Council for the construction of two data centres. Equinix has also been revealed as the data centre provider behind a new Slough data centre campus. An application filed by an unnamed developer said the demolition of three buildings on Bath Road (188,… Read More

UK publishes first global guidelines for AI security

The UK has published the first global guidelines to ensure the safe development of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. Agencies from 18 countries have confirmed they will endorse and co-seal the Guidelines for Secure AI System Development to enhance AI cybersecurity. The Guidelines covered four areas, with suggested behaviours for enhanced security: secure design, development, deployment,… Read More

Altice sells 70% of data centre business to Morgan Stanley Infrastructure

Telecoms and cable group, Altice France, is set to sell 70% of its data centre business to Morgan Stanley Infrastructure Partners (MSIP). The transaction values Altice France’s data centre business, known as UltraEdge, at £666 million ($833 million). UltraEdge is currently part of telecommunications company, SFR, a subsidiary of Altice France. SFR will also enter… Read More