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UK Home Secretary Theresa May Opens New iomart Data Centre

6th June 2014 · Press Releases

Government Minister Unveils Next Generation Data Facility in Maidenhead

The UK Home Secretary, The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, has officially opened a £multi-million extension to a data centre which is owned and operated by iomart Group plc (AIM: IOM), one of the UK and Europe’s leading cloud companies.

The Home Secretary was given a guided tour of the new highly secure, state-of-the-art, 1500 square metre extension to the data centre on the Clivemont Road industrial estate in Maidenhead.

The Rt Hon Theresa 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. This upgrade makes it one of the most advanced data centres in the UK and showcases the first major deployment of brand new technology from Cisco which allows network infrastructure and services to be automatically provisioned and scaled for customers.

Angus MacSween, CEO of iomart, said: “We are delighted that The Home Secretary has officially opened our next generation data centre and seen first-hand the technology involved in creating the infrastructure needed to support the dynamic and ever-changing web hosting and data storage needs of SME and enterprise business. Our 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. It has been designed to meet the needs of all the different hosting brands that make up the iomart Group of companies.

iomart owns and operates data centres at eight locations throughout the UK and recently announced annual growth in revenue of 29% to £55.6m.

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