Continent 8 Technologies has unveiled its newly upgraded Isle of Man data centre following an extensive expansion project.
The hosting provider, which has been headquartered in Douglas since 2006, has doubled the capacity of the local data centre and recruited new staff to meet growing demand and to service new industry sectors.
Members of the island’s Department of Economic Development, including Minister John Shimmin, were some of the first to view the Pulrose Road facility.
Continent 8’s head of product Stephen Trimble, who joined the company in July this year, said: ‘The data centre upgrade, alongside an aggressive product development roadmap, is key to showing that not only is Continent 8 truly global, but we are also investing heavily in and committed to the Isle of Man.’
During the expansion project, Continent 8 was keen to, wherever possible, use local specialists and contractors including SCS for the mechanical and plant, Easthope & Cubbon for the electrical infrastructure and Hoare Lee for the mechanical and electrical design.
Project director Gary Crittenden from SCS said: ‘I am pleased that an international company like Continent 8 uses local companies for key projects such as this.’
Steve Quayle, contracts manager for Easthope & Cubbon, said: ‘It really does show what a fantastic skills-base there is on the island and one that we are keen to develop through large-scale projects such as this one.’
Having been successful in delivering data centre services including co-location, managed services, distributed denial of service protection, disaster recovery, MPLS services and content delivery to online gaming companies across the world for more than 15 years, Continent 8 now plans to use its proven expertise to reach out to new sectors.
Mr Trimble said: ‘We have built a fantastic asset here on the island, to world-class levels, which is already being used by leading international businesses and can now be utilised by other sectors too.’
He added: ‘While we are looking forward to continuing our leading technical and visionary reputation within the online gaming industry, we are now diversifying outside of this niche sector – it’s an exciting time.’
Using Continent 8’s recently opened data centre in Dublin as a blueprint, a key element of the Isle of Man upgrade was the introduction of fresh air cooling, via a dedicated air handling unit.
Mr Trimble said: ‘The Isle of Man is the ideal climate for this type of super-efficient cooling system given that, in general, outside air is cooler than the temperature required in the data centre.’
With a truly global footprint, the company also has a private network that links all of its data centres - London, Paris, Dublin, Montreal, Isle of Man, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Malta and Singapore – allowing its customers to target their key markets or replicate their data anywhere across Continent 8’s network.
Using this network, the company can provide an end-to-end global solution, which is ideal for international businesses.