SCC continues to expand data centre capacity

SCC has expanded its data centre capacity after acquiring SSE Enterprise Telecoms Hampshire facility

SCC has taken its spending on data centres past the £50m mark after picking up SSE Enterprise Telecoms Hampshire operation to bolster its coverage in the South of England.

The channel player already has facilities in the Midlands but will now get access to a Tier 3+ data centre in Hampshire after splashing out £12 on the SEE Enterprise Telecoms facility.

For its money SCC has gained a Tier 3+ 100,000 sq. ft. facility, which has the option for further expansion, with both pre-configured co-location space as well as private suites. There are also un-configured areas that could be offered to customers looking to develop something more tailored to specific requirements.

SCC chief executive James Rigby said that it was a significant acquisition for the channel player and, "represents another major step towards our goal to become Europe’s principal IT services business".

“We set out this ambition in our 3-5 year plan. The purchase of SSE Enterprise Telecoms’ data centre more than doubles our capacity to support existing and new customers, and underpins the £50m spent on developing our data centre and cloud capabilities last year," he added.

At the same time as the Hampshire acquisition SCC is also getting close to completing an investment programme in its Birmingham data centre, which will see it add an additional 900 racks by the end of next month.

SSE Enterprise Telecoms has been re-evaluating it operations to sell-off non-core assets as it looks to target on the main part of its business. Colin Sempill, managing director of SSE Enterprise Telecom, said that it is focusing on the connectivity side of things more.

“The sale of our Hampshire facility underlines our growing ambition for the connectivity side of the business. With the completion of the first phase of Project Edge – a significant network expansion programme that has seen our UK fibre network grow to more than 13,700km – we are now focused on delivering our brand of high performance communications services directly to the doorsteps of the UK’s most demanding organisations. The sale will enable us to further re-direct resources in support of this objective. We look forward to a long and mutually rewarding  relationship with SCC Group," he said.

SCC has been growing its managed services business, and acquired print services player M2 in February, as it looks to position itself as a leading provider in the cloud and data centre markets.

Rigby has talked over the last year about the firm's strategy to gain more revenue from services and to increase its annuity business by either growing organically or making acquisitions.

The transaction of the SSE Enterprise Telecoms N+ 2 Hampshire facility is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

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