John Hemingway, Director of ICT at the University of Hull, said: “This partnership is allowing us to create an outstanding data centre facility within the region, one which the University would not be able to create alone. The partners will benefit from a showcase data centre offering leading edge power efficiency. Our partnership with KCOM and Hull College is a fantastic example of how a university, a further education college and a commercial organisation can come together for the benefit of each other and the region.
“The Hull Data Centre will mean the University, via a facility managed by KCOM, can provide 24/7 support for its key ICT services and continue to develop its High Performance Computing capabilities.”
KCOM’s Executive Vice President, Gary Young, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with the University of Hull in this major multi-million pound investment. The creation of the data centre is a significant development not only for Hull but for the region as a whole.
“As well as keeping Hull and East Yorkshire at the forefront of the digital revolution, this centre of excellence will drive innovation, attracting more tech sector businesses to what is already a vibrant environment for new and emerging companies.
“Hull is becoming known as an important player in the UK’s tech scene and this data facility will bolster that reputation and stimulate the digital renaissance the city is undergoing.
“The KCOM managed centre will be able to utilise our industry leading fibre connectivity making it super-efficient, super-intelligent and ultra-fast.
“Through the development of this centre KCOM is consolidating the data needs from around the UK into Hull, showing confidence in the region and contributing significantly to the local economy.”
The centre will play a part in boosting data centre provision within the region, which has already been identified as a priority by the Humber LEP.
The facility will be among the most energy efficient in the country.