NGD Puts Local Contractors to Work in £8M Expansion Project

NGD puts local contractors to work in £8M expansion project

By Nick Razey 17 | April | 2015

Europe’s largest data centre builds additional capacity following major contract wins and growing demand from local businesses 

Next Generation Data’s (NGD) data centre is a hive of activity with teams of local building and engineering contractors on-site, the company announced today.  These are hard at work completing five new data halls following major contracts from several multinational companies and increasing demand from local businesses. The new halls are due for completion within the next six weeks and NGD is forecasting a further expansion phase before the end of the year. 

NGD’s giant data centre campus, located between Newport and Cardiff, was opened five years ago and so far the company has invested £25M in creating the 750,000 sq ft world-class facility. The latest £8M expansion project requires approximately 100 contractors on site to construct and fit-out the new self-contained halls. The additional capacity will allow a further 500 computer server racks to be accommodated for helping store and process the billions of bytes of data generated by accelerating global demand for cloud, web, big data and other data intensive computing activities.

“NGD already makes an important contribution to the Welsh high technology industry and our continued expansion is also good for the local economy through jobs creation,” said Steve Davis, marketing director at Next Generation Data. “With the addition of these latest halls, three of which are already pre-sold to large corporate clients, we are well ahead of plan with a total of 18 halls accounted for - the equivalent to filling several large standalone data centres.”

While supporting the IT infrastructure and data storage needs of various UK government and multinational IT service provider organisations including BT, CGI, IBM and Wipro Technologies, NGD also serves local businesses in Wales requiring modern and more secure data hosting and storage facilities to help them grow.

“Our increased focus on attracting local businesses which may require much smaller computing and storage facilities is also paying dividends,” added NGD’s Steve Davis. “We are very keen to help more firms in Wales take advantage of our affordable word class facilities and can offer them a range of low cost options.”

NGD currently employs over 40 people with the co-founder and Chairman, most of the senior management, operational and security personnel coming from the local area.

About NGD Europe

NGD Europe is able to support High Density Environments for such power-hungry and intensive applications as Big Data, Cloud Computing, Super Computing and Grid Computing. It is ideally suited to large enterprise organisations wishing to consolidate their existing space- or power-restricted data centre operations, as well as service providers and systems integrators operating single or multiple racks.

Capable of housing up to 19,000 server racks, NGD Europe is a purpose-built tier 3 carrier-neutral facility offering 750,000 sq ft of highly secure and cost-effective space. Racks can be arranged into self-contained and shared data halls of various sizes all with independent services, resilient power and cooling systems. NGD Europe’s environmentally-friendly high level technology infrastructure has been designed to meet and exceed the ever increasing demand for more computing power. Its many features include a 180 MVA 100 per cent renewable energy power supply connected directly to the super grid via an on-site sub-station. There are also multiple on-site high-speed, low latency carrier interconnects.

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