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Stellium to open UK’s largest bespoke data centre in Newcastle

Tue 29 Nov 2016

Industry seems to be taking a lead from the government’s determination to invigorate the ‘northern powerhouse’, as new player Stellium announces plans to create the most significant custom DC build in the UK, in the Newcastle area.

The Tier III data centre will be outfitted with Newcastle’s first metro multi-duct fibre network, over a range of 25 miles. The new facility will leverage a dedicated National Grid power route, with a ceiling of 80MVA through four 20MVA 11kv lines from two SSE substations.

Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes commented: “Newcastle and the North East is a hotbed for digital innovation, and this announcement cements our position as the fastest growing tech sector outside of London.” and continued “Combined with the £30 million National Institute for Smart Data Innovation on Newcastle Science Central and world-leading and renowned research at our universities, having this kind of infrastructure will now allow us to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the explosion in big data.”

Stellium was founded by Noel Meaney, whose track record takes in euNetworks, Seafibre Networks and co-foundership of Citadel100 Datacenters. The Newcastle site is aiming to be online by the end of 2016, with Stellium targeting the build at aggregate cloud and rack provisioning, on a remit to handle highly diverse workflows and loads.

Newcastle entered the British DC scene notably in 2011, with the addition of a second data centre build at the Cobalt Data Centre Campus, building on DC1’s 4,262 square metres of autonomous data halls.

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