Intelligent CIO Europe Issue 47 - Page 20

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AtlasEdge expands coverage across Europe with acquisition of 12 data centres from Colt

AtlasEdge provides a pan-European data centre portfolio that allows customers to design and configure their technology and network infrastructure to meet the growing requirements for lower latency , higher performance and localised solutions .
With demand gravitating towards the Edge of networks , AtlasEdge ’ s distributed and highly connected footprint provides a unique solution that is aligned with the next wave of growth in digital infrastructure .

AtlasEdge , a pan-European edge data centre provider , has announced the successful acquisition of 12 data centres . The deal is with Colt DCS , a world-class provider of hyperscale data centres across Europe and APAC . The successful acquisition from Colt strengthens AtlasEdge ’ s unique portfolio of distributed data centres that are positioned to support localised or low latency applications . AtlasEdge now operates more than 100 data centres across 11 countries in Europe , supporting more than 700 customers and providing connectivity to more than 50 different on-net carriers .

This acquisition further expands AtlasEdge ’ s coverage and accelerates time to market in several new geographies , as well as establishing a collaboration between AtlasEdge and Colt Data Centre Services , with Colt Technology Services becoming an anchor tenant across multiple facilities .
This network-neutral colocation strategy enables AtlasEdge ’ s customers to optimise their network routes , minimise their bandwidth costs and take advantage of the wide community of cloud , content , technology and enterprise companies present in the facilities .
The portfolio includes data centres in key tier one and tier two markets across Europe , including Amsterdam , Barcelona , Berlin , Brussels , Copenhagen , Hamburg , London , Madrid , Milan , Paris and Zurich .

Equinix levels up UK digital economy with £ 61 million Manchester data centre

Equinix has announced plans to build a new International

Business Exchange ( IBX ) data centre in the Agecroft Commerce Park in Salford , Manchester , UK . As the UK ’ s second-largest city , Manchester occupies a key strategic location at the intersection of the UK ’ s highly resilient ‘ figure-of-eight ’ fibre optic network .
The new IBX – called MA5 – will be Equinix ’ s fifth data centre in the Greater Manchester area and is scheduled to open in Q2 2022 .
Manchester is one of Europe ’ s largest creative , digital and media hubs , housing MediaCity UK – one of the world ’ s most advanced media centres and home to the BBC ’ s headquarters .
The city has a fast-growing technology scene , noted for e-commerce and an emerging start-up ecosystem . It is home to low-latency connectivity through network routes to the US and has access to international subsea cables via Ireland and the west of England .
George Freeman , UK Science and Innovation Minister , said : “ The UK is one of the world ’ s most digitally advanced economies . Through government and industry working together we are investing in new 5G and next-generation digital technologies to support UK businesses to build back better from the pandemic .
Freeman added , “ Equinix ’ s new Manchester data centre will not only help to create well-paying jobs across Manchester and the wider north west but will also make sure businesses have the digital technology needed to succeed and grow in global markets .” p
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