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Tech firm Connexin commits £5m for new UK data centre

Connexin has committed to building a state of the art £5 million data centre in Hull, England.

According to the homegrown company, the facility has been specifically designed to accelerate Hull in its race to become one of the UK’s top smart cities.

The data centre is due to open in December and will bring with it 60 new jobs including engineers, technicians, sales staff and event managers who will invite schools to use the space for learning about how the internet works. This is addition to business opportunities for local companies and technology firms.

CXNDC is the name given to the new 200+ rack facility that has been designed to Tier-3 reliability specifications and will bring more than 40,000 Mbps of internet connectivity to the region.

The data centre will offer businesses the option of managed or colocated facilities - most of the facility’s capacity has in fact already been acquired by business customers in the region, but more is being added to cater for new business enquiries.

Connexin CEO Furqan Alamgir says they couldn’t have picked a better location for the new data centre.

“Hull is not hanging about in its race to become a smart city. Our investment is real, it’s happening and this state of the art data centre is proof of that. Hull is advancing technologically at pace and it’s a privilege to be part of it,” says Alamgir.

The company has applied for planning permission with East Riding of Yorkshire Council to develop the facility on a 1.2 acre site at Bridgehead Business Park and has approached the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s funding programmes for support with the project costs.

Bridgehead Business Park will also be home to Connexin’s headquarters that will include a cafe, 50+ seat audiotorium for presentations and screenings, and a world-class video conferencing suite.

The Bridgehead Business Park is a project of Wykeland, a developer in Yorkshire and the Humber with a £250 million development pipeline within the region. Wykeland property director David Donkin says they are looking forward to welcoming Connexin.

“Bridgehead is fast becoming the premier business location in the region and we are delighted Connexin have chosen Bridgehead to locate their new Data Centre and Head Office there.  It will be a fantastic addition and facility on the Business Park,” says Donkin.

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