Saturday, November 25, 2017

Britain’s closest data centre to EU border after Brexit breaks ground

Hub in Northern Ireland is part of a larger attempt to digitalise and modernise the local economy by also making use of new transatlantic cable.

A data centre in Northern Ireland by colocation company 5Nines has broken ground in Coleraine, 20Km away from the Republic of Ireland’s border.

Today part of the European Union (EU), the Northern Ireland territory will leave the union as part of the UK once Brexit negotiations reach an end around 2019 or 2020 and the country formally leaves the group.

The data centre is being built as part of the Digital Causeway project, by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.

The area in which the facility sits has been named Coleraine Enterprise Zone also known as Atlantic Link, which is part of the Strategic Investment Board of Northern Ireland.

The Coleraine Enterprise Zone has 20 acres of land, of which five acres will be used for the data centre. The remaining 15 acres will be sub-let for further development.

Also being built, is a transatlantic cable dubbed Project Kelvin which will connect Northern Ireland to the US.

Paul Besley, general manager at 5Nines, said on Twitter: “I am pleased to announce that work has started on site for construction of our Northern Ireland data centre.”

Data Economy has contacted 5Nines, but at the time of publishing the company was still to reply.