£100m data centre investment to generate 400 new jobs


The move will lead to the creation of circa 400 jobs for the area and is a significant inward investment for the North East, pending a successful planning application.

Anne Stokes (pictured), CEO of ST2, said, ‘This is an important step forward in our ambition to develop an environmentally sustainable data centre and technology services business in the North East. Not only will this be an important source of quality jobs for the area, but demonstrates that the tech sector isn’t just a phenomenon for the south of England.’

Data centres have become an essential part of the economy. All data that is produced when using the Internet has to be stored and as technology has become ubiquitous, large scale data centres are now the standard way to store the massive amounts of data that we all create.

The new data centre will be situated on the former ICI site near Wilton and powered by Sembcorp, ensuring a carbon neutral footprint. A planning application has been submitted to Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, which is expected to be reviewed over the next six months.

Cloud transition

Maintaining business continuity and data security is the top priority for most businesses considering a transition to the cloud. As new levels of complexity are introduced through increased interaction between traditional infrastructure, networks and cloud, it’s essential that businesses can access trusted service partners that are equipped with the right skills and accreditations to avoid IT outages.

As IT services continue to evolve towards the cloud model, its essential for support partners to understand cloud technology in all its forms, whether that is physical, in a remote data centre, in a hyperscale provider, such as MS Azure, or a hybrid cloud platform.

Paul Timms, managing director at MCSA, said, ‘Critical IT infrastructure is evolving and IT teams are learning to adapt as they work towards creating a secure and reliable cloud platforms. Let’s take data centres for example; choosing to keep existing IT infrastructure running effectively is equally as important as deciding to future proof new IT systems.

‘We prefer to work with service providers that deliver advice first, and who can then recommend an appropriate solution based on a clear understanding of business needs. It is this understanding, rather than simply trying to sell cloud space, that will deliver the best possible outcomes for customers. This approach can only serve to help further elevate the reputation of the IT sector.’

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