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projects & agreements UKFast threatens London dominance with £2.3m upgrade UKFast is continuing its long term investment in making Manchester the UK’s number one tech city with a £2.3m upgrade at the firm’s data centre complex. The latest improvements to the hosting firm’s data centre include a security upgrade to its dedicated colocation space, and the construction of a new high security, high density, high resilience compound within the existing facility. The new extra secure facility is equivalent to IL4 security standard and designed in line with List-X standards, primarily to meet the heightened regulation needs of government, financial services, international telecoms and utilities clients. ‘This investment is a massive feather in the cap for Manchester,’ commented UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones. ‘Previously, firms had to colocate their hardware in London if they wanted this level of infrastructure. Right now, UKFast is doing more to future proof IT infrastructure in the North West than any other provider. ‘We are continuing to extend our offering to the British government. There’s a consensus that the government should be hosting its infrastructure in Britain with British companies.’ November’s Autumn Statement saw the government pledge up to £1bn in digital infrastructure investment, with a call to private companies to match that figure with investment in their own projects. For further information visit: www.ukfast.co.uk See us on stand J10 ble sy IT INFRASTRUCTURE SOFTWARE & SERVICES www.rittal.co.uk