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17 March, 2021 - 21:19 By Tony Quested

High-tech, high speed, high class: Kao Data becomes Awards sponsor

Kao Data, which has an influential hub in Harlow, has become a sponsor of the Business Weekly Awards. Its presence among a pantheon of high profile backers, adds a fresh dimension to the science & technology aspects of the Awards process.

Founded in 2014, Kao Data develops and operates advanced data centres for high performance co-location.  From its hyperscale inspired campus in the heart of the UK Innovation Corridor between London and Cambridge it provides cloud, HPC, AI and enterprise customers with a world-class home for their compute.

The Harlow campus – built on the site of Sir Charles Kao’s pioneering discovery of fibre optic cable in 1966  – is a development of four state-of the-art, OCP-Ready®, carrier neutral data centres. 

When fully completed the 15 acre, £230m+ campus will support an ITE load of over 40MW, across 150,000 sq ft of technical space – all powered by 100 per cent renewable energy.

Backed by Legal & General Capital and Goldacre (part of the Noé Group) Kao Data is one of the largest campus developments in the UK and represents the future in sustainable, efficient and scalable computing, providing an industry blueprint to develop further best-in-class data centres.

As Business Weekly reported in late December, the centre is home to US giant NVIDIA’s Cambridge-1 supercomputer.

In less than 20 weeks, the 400-petaflops Cambridge-1 went from concept to the first stages of operation. Kao Data pulled out all the stops to support NVIDIA in its race to build one of the world’s most powerful and sustainable supercomputers.

Cambridge-1’s strategic location reinforces the Cambridge-to-London UK Innovation Corridor as a world-class region for life sciences, pharma and scientific research. 

When fully operational, it will provide huge computing capacity to healthcare companies and institutions such as AstraZeneca, GSK, Oxford Nanopore, King’s College London and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Kao VP, Spencer Lamb – who has spent more than 25 years working within UK and European research HPC – says Cambridge-1 provides the blueprint for “a completely unique, necessary and sustainable approach to the future of research computing.”

With the deployment of Cambridge-1 Kao Data will have come full circle as a company. Having been the birthplace of optical fibre technology, Kao and NVIDIA reveal that thousands of optical fibres networked together will facilitate Cambridge-1’s operation and connect it to the wider world. 

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