People Moves: Assad Noori joins Interxion as UK MD
Global data centre operator Interxion: A Digital Realty Company has appointed a new managing director for its operations in the UK.
Assad Noori joins the company following a stint as the Chief Operating Officer of the Northern European infrastructure business at Atos, where he spent six years overseeing strategic operations and driving both organisational and digital transformation throughout the business. Prior to joining Atos, Noori served as the Global Head of Client Delivery Operations at NTT, entering the role through Dimension Data, which was acquired by NTT in 2013.
Throughout Noori’s career, he has worked across a number of verticals, including utilities, manufacturing, retail and transport. His extensive and broad experiences across a wide array of types of digital and physical infrastructure, according to Interxion, makes him perfectly suited to “lead the company’s focus on connectivity, collocated hybrid cloud and drive the organisation's global value proposition around Platform Digital across all sectors.”
The appointment supports Interxion’s ongoing expansion of its operations in the UK and Europe through its Platform Digital offering.
“It’s an exciting time to join Interxion. Not only is there a fantastic legacy to build upon, but there’s a real sense of opportunity as the world starts to open again post-pandemic. We have new London offices, fresh talent and exciting value propositions,” commented Noori upon his appointment.
“Combined with the high levels of customer demand we are experiencing, it’s clear that there’s a lot of potential for growth. My aim is to catalyse all the positive things going on in the company and bring together Interxion’s talented teams to enhance the customer experience for both new and existing clients,” he concludes.
Digital Realty, Interxion’s parent organisation, recently announced the availability of AWS Direct Connect 100G Dedicated Connections between Seattle and Dublin, a location where multiple transatlantic cables land, before continuing on to the UK and mainland Europe. Interxion’s expansion throughout Europe itself has seen the company expand its facilities in several countries, including Belgium, as well as start new hyperscale projects in Germany and Denmark.
By leveraging Interxion and Digital Realty’s extensive data centre, cloud and colocation platform throughout the UK and beyond, “Noori aims to make Interxion a long-term choice for IT decision makers, not only offering the data infrastructure they need now, but infrastructure that will support their futures,” said the company in a statement to the press.
You can catch Noori in the August edition of Data Centre Magazine, discussing the key trends shaping the data centre, cloud and colocation industry in 2021.
GTR and SEGRO agree first UK data centre facility
SEGRO, a property investment and development company, has announced it has come to an agreement with the European data centre platform, Global Technical Realty (GTR) to construct its first UK-based data centre. SEGRO claims that the facility, which will span a total area of 400,711 sq ft, will be located in Slough and is to become “the largest data centre campus in the UK’s premier data centre and communications hub”.
What will SEGRO’s data centre facility be used for?
Supported by the global investment firm KKR, Global Technical Realty says it will be using the facility’s space on a 25-year term to operate bespoke data centres for high-growth global technology companies. The new facility aims to support the growing demand for third-party data centre provision amid ever-increasing growth in data usage and cloud services adoption.
Franek Sodzawiczny, CEO & Founder of GTR, said: “We are excited to be back in the UK alongside our partner KKR and look forward to working closely with SEGRO to deliver this state-of-the-art data centre campus. The data centre space is a fast-moving one. GTR was established to support its customers in providing a data centre solution wherever in the world there is a demand for it. We are delighted that the UK will become home to our flagship concept”.
James Craddock, Managing Director, Thames Valley at SEGRO, said: “We’re pleased to welcome GTR as the latest data centre operator to our thriving estate and our team of experts look forward to developing a stunning new facility for them and their customers. “Homeworking, data streaming, e-commerce and businesses’ reliance on cloud services have all grown during the pandemic, meaning demand for data centres is unabated.
“Slough Trading Estate is home to Europe’s largest data centre cluster and data centres are increasingly regarded as part of our key national infrastructure given the critical role they play in our daily lives”, he added.
The facility is expected to be delivered in two phases with operations beginning by Q4 of next year. The first phase plans to provide 132,575 sq ft of space phase two will create 268,136 sq ft of space. “Vacant possession of the site delivered to the customer by early 2022”, SEGRO said.
The project is also expected to create around 200 jobs during its construction, and a further 80 permanent roles once completed.