IT infrastructure firm Sudlow has won a �2.25 million contract to design and build a new data centre at the University of Portsmouth

Firm wins �2.25 million university data centre bid

A new data centre will be created at the University of Portsmouth by IT infrastructure specialist Sudlows.

The firm has won a £2.25 million contract which will involve the migration of the existing data centre facility from Mercantile House to a new modular facility on campus.

The new building is proposed to be a dedicated modular facility and once operational will provide the university with sufficient capacity to allow the university to expand their current IT demands significantly while maintaining the designed level of resilience and efficiency.

Andy Hirst, global director at Sudlows, said: “The new facility will see the University benefit from a number of technical innovations that will deliver significant increases in energy efficiency and will support the University’s plans for technological growth and the growing reliance on IT.

“Throughout the UK we are seeing major educational institutions, such as the University, looking to update their legacy data centres to benefit from energy efficiency and to provide students and staff with a significantly more resilient infrastructure.”

The University has over 23,000 students, including 3,000 from over 100 countries, supported by over 2,500 staff.

Dr David Arrell, pro vice-chancellor of the University said: “Sudlows submitted a high quality tender and we were very pleased to award them the contract. We are looking forward to working with them. We feel confident that they will deliver the new data centre on time.”

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