Next Generation Data Limited (NGD) may only be two years old, but the company sure has a lot of which it can be proud.
In addition to establishing one of the world’s largest and greenest Tier 3 wholesale data centers in South Wales, UK, NGD has emerged as a provider of secure, highly scalable solutions for large global enterprises.
“Last year, our second year of operation, was one of solid progress and growth with our order pipeline steadily increasing,” Simon Taylor, chairman of NGD, told TMCnet. “2011 saw us successfully close over £20M of new business contracts including our first major direct from US win from a blue chip multinational technology company – the first of several to follow in the coming months. This has come from our increased efforts on targeting large North American–based organizations which we see as ideal prospects for our product.”
“We have invested £12M to build out several new data halls to meet customer demand as well as accommodate expected new wins in the near future – watch this space,” he added.
NGD is a specialist in the operation and ongoing management of mission-critical environments, offering flexible, cost effective and resilient data center solutions. The company created Europe’s largest Tier 3 data center, which is currently one of only a handful of high quality Tier 3 data centers outside London.
Since its inception in 2010, NGD has touted itself as being a leading provider of data center services and offering global organizations a highly scalable, world-class carrier-neutral next generation data center facility. The facility distinguishes itself in the market by ensuring the highest level of security, abundant power from 100 percent renewable sources, and a wide choice of high-speed low latency fiber connectivity.
According to Taylor, with NGD’s continued growth in 2011, the data center services company was able to illustrate that more than ever before, there is a strong business case for having large, remote data centers away from London and surrounding areas.
“If they needed any more proof following our earlier successes with BT and Logica (News - Alert) as first anchor tenants, winning our first contract direct from North America with a major blue chip technology company in 2011 has again shown those who may have doubted the rationale of opening a major data centre facility well away from large metro areas, that they really need to re-evaluate their thinking and move with the times,” Taylor said.
NGD also hopes that the industry realized NGD’s focus on energy efficiency as the company has committed to 100 percent renewable energy and connecting directly to the national grid.
Its commitment to renewable energy asserts NGD’s green credentials and its decision to connect to the national grid illustrates NGD’s desire to ensure against the kind of data center power outages and shortages frequently affecting the business continuity and resilience of certain other sites, especially those in and around large metro areas such as London and New York, according to Taylor.
As 2012 ramps up, NGD is particularly excited that recent market surveys, such as those from international real estate firm Jones Lang Lasalle, have corroborated the need for an out-of-town data center model like NGD’s.
“Corporations as well as hosting providers are getting the message that it’s totally fine to be out of town thanks to low cost fiber and increasingly sophisticated remote diagnostics – just as they did in the US following 9/11,” Taylor said. “From what we have achieved so far, we are confident in our belief of being in the right place at the right time. We are very excited indeed about NGD Europe’s future prospects!”
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Edited by Rich Steeves