Global data centre firm 5NINES has opened Northern Ireland’s largest data centre in Coleraine following a £20 million investment.

The 45,000 sq ft facility, which is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland, is based at the 40-acre Atlantic Link Enterprise Campus in the region’s first Enterprise Zone.

The centre, situated just yards from the landing point of the Project Kelvin transatlantic fibre cables, is the first commercial carrier-neutral data centre anywhere in Northern Ireland.

Paul Besley, General Manager, 5NINES NI, commented:

“This truly is a world-class facility for Northern Ireland providing highly-efficient and exceptionally secure data storage.

“At a time when people and businesses are producing and consuming vast quantities of data, the security of that information has never been more important, especially following the introduction of the General Data Production Regulation (GDPR).

“This centre allows all data to be collected, stored and processed locally from a purpose-built modern facility. The fact that we are the only commercial carrier-neutral data centre in Northern Ireland, meaning we are not tied to any one telecommunications provider, offers a new level of flexibility for our clients. Also, being located with the Project Kelvin transatlantic cable gives our customers access to the fastest connectivity to the USA for any UK data centre.

“It will meet the growing need for data storage in Northern Ireland to support burgeoning data-heavy sectors such as fintech, pharmaceutical research and cyber security but storage is available to any business and we service clients from all industries across Northern Ireland and beyond.

“Our number one priority is the security of the data companies choose to store here. That’s why the entire centre is covered by CCTV surveillance while all systems are backed up to ensure there is virtually no chance of an outage.”

5NINES owns and operates a network of data centres across the world, including in the Netherlands, Finland, France and the United States.

The data centre in Coleraine is the first business to open at Atlantic Link, Northern Ireland’s first Enterprise Zone.

Brenda Chivers, Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, commented:

“The opening of the 5NINES data centre marks a significant milestone in the development of the Atlantic Link enterprise campus.

“As the first enterprise zone to be established in Northern Ireland, the ground-breaking campus is ideally placed to realise our vision for creating a digital and creative economy for home-grown businesses and international investment.

“We are thrilled to see the opening of the data centre on the site and look forward to welcoming more businesses as they take advantage of the tax benefits, beyond the existing business advantage.”

Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Ann McGregor welcomed the development.

She said:

“It is good to see a business forming close to the landing station of Project Kelvin which connects Northern Ireland to North America via the GTT North submarine cable system.

“5NINES, the new data centre at Atlantic Link will be able to take advantage of the infrastructure available.  We hope that it is the first of many.  It is also a very positive development for Northern Ireland businesses to have a data centre service on their door step.”