Manchester data centre scene set for disruption following the launch of Datacentreplus

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The Media City based business was established in 2014 and, since its soft launch just over a year ago, has experienced growth in its first year of trading, growing to a team of eight, with plans to triple the workforce over the next 12-18 months.

Conceived following owner and founder Mashukul Hoque’s (pictured) own experience of trying to obtain data centre services, the business provides colocation and servers to small and medium sized businesses with a focus on facilitating the transition towards hosted and cloud based services.
Entrepreneur Hoque, also managing director of Manchester based software firm Sandyx, was compelled to enter the data centre market following a series of negative experiences when trying to secure services for his other business.

He said, ‘At the end of 2013 we were developing applications for a customer and we were in need of data centre services. I required somewhere close by with the ability to colocate and get easily accessible support.

‘I found that none of the big data centre operators were interested in talking to me about my relatively small, but vital, requirements. There appeared to be little or no flexibility on offer. It was either a 12 month contract or, failing that, anything less being quoted at a ridiculous price. I also discovered there were a lot of hidden costs.

‘By adding in annual costs, set-up fees and network engineering support fees, I felt as though my business was simply being discredited and being pushed away.’

With an intent to address the problem head on, Hoque and his team posed the question, ‘how difficult would it be to set up our own data centre?’ and by January 2014 a data centre manager had been recruited, and six months later a property had been purchased and the business was operating.

Hoque and the Datacentreplus team is now dedicated to helping new start-ups with cash friendly access to the cloud, and helping businesses with traditional operating models transition to the cloud, dispelling a few myths along the way.

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