Digital festival founder to open advanced data centre in Leeds

The new Leeds Data Centre

Stuart Clarke MBE, co-founder and director of Leeds Digital Festival, will open Hardy Fisher Services new Tier 3 Leeds Data Centre on Thursday 21 March.

Stuart Clarke MBE

The opening of the area’s most advanced data centre, developed in partnership with international data centre specialist AtlasEdge, will feature an open afternoon and  public tour of the facilities between 2pm and 5pm. Tickets are free, but places are limited – click here to book your place.

Clarke, founder of Paceline marketing and PR consultancy, which works with firms in the tech sector, and creator of the Leeds Tech Map, said, “The Leeds tech ecosystem has seen tremendous growth over recent years, with both home-grown firms and companies that have moved to the city from overseas creating record numbers of jobs.

“But to underpin long-term success, we also need a strong technical infrastructure. This new Tier 3 data centre from Hardy Fisher is a great new addition to Leeds and underscores the city’s ambition for growth.”

The data centre site near Leeds city centre is close to all carrier networks which, combined with the substantial infrastructure overhaul, now offers the perfect colocation facility for businesses in Yorkshire.

The centre also has ready physical accessibility via multiple routes, including the M621, and access to the M1, M62 and A1.

AtlasEdge committed to a multi-million-pound investment to ensure every aspect of the facility is extensively transformed and modernised via a range of all-encompassing, state-of-the-art upgrades and enhancements that offer reliability, connectivity, efficiency, and security.

The facility’s state-of-the-art intake substation, upgraded transformer, and switchgear can provide uninterrupted performance even during a power outage.

Safety measures include the latest smoke detectors, fire suppression capabilities, flood defences, unbeatable access control and security systems to ensure data and equipment is safeguarded.