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University of Hull Enters Partnership to Build Multi-Million-Pound Data Centre

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The University of Hull is entering a partnership with KCOM to build a new multi-million-pound data centre.

The partnership is seeking to address the lack of quality data centre provision in the area, along with supporting a wider digital transformation.

Dubbed The Hull Data Centre, the facility will be available to the University as well as KCOM and Hull College.

It's hoped the centre will reinforce the University's role as an anchor institution in the region and support future developments in computing, research, and new forms of digital based education.

If the planning application is approved, the data centre will be constructed on university land north of Inglemire Lane.

If construction is completed on time, the centre will open for business in the autumn of 2018 and will have enough capacity to provide services to other academic and public organisations across the region.

Commenting on the partnership, Director of ICT at the University of Hull, John Hemingway, said: "This partnership is allowing us to create an outstanding data centre facility within the region, one which the University would not be able to create alone. The partners will benefit from a showcase data centre offering leading edge power efficiency. Our partnership with KCOM and Hull College is a fantastic example of how a university, a further education college and a commercial organisation can come together for the benefit of each other and the region."