Wales Minister for Economy and Transport equates Data Centres to motorways of 21st Century, promotes £200 million investment in technically advanced green data centre

publictechnology.net has an article covering the announcement made by Ieuan Wyn Jones, Wales Minister for Economy and Transport.

Next Generation Data is to invest up to £200million in Wales to create one of Europe’s largest and most technically advanced ‘green’ data-centres.

The announcement was made by Ieuan Wyn Jones, Minister for the Economy and Transport, who described it as a strategically important investment that would bring long term benefits to Wales and the Welsh economy.

The NGD Europe 1 data-centre will be based in the former Hynix semiconductor plant in Newport – a circa 70,000 sq mt facility owned by the Welsh Assembly Government. It will be located near an electricity sub-station which will ensure that the facility has adequate power for the foreseeable future.

And emphasizes the future development due to the data center arriving.

The Minister described the investment as being a critically important addition to the IT and telecoms infrastructure in Wales.

“A data-centre of this size and capacity will not only support Welsh businesses to remain competitive in a global economy but also has the capacity to act as a catalyst in attracting new business.

“The new centre will be of particular interest to our growing financial services sector, offering business continuity while also providing our SMEs with cost effective access to high quality, robust and secure data-centre services.”

The First Minister Rhodri Morgan said the Assembly Government had been actively targeting the data-centre development market and promoting the Newport facility as part of its strategy to attract investment from this sector.

"Data Centres are the motorways of the 21st Century. They encourage economic development in the same way that motorways did in the 20th Century and the railways in the 19th Century. They are an absolutely critical tool for economic growth, and that's why I am so pleased that we have secured this development.