US cloud security firm builds datacentre in Cardiff for EMEA expansion

US cloud security company Alert Logic is building a datacentre and security operations centre in Cardiff to support its EMEA expansion strategy

US cloud security company Alert Logic – whose cloud clients include AWS, Azure, Rackspace, Google and SunGard – is building a datacentre and security operations centre in Cardiff as part of its Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) expansion strategy.

The new UK datacentre will provide local support and security services to the firm’s EMEA customers, including its 300 UK customers and its hosting and cloud services partners.

Alert Logic’s research identified Europe as having the highest volume of attacks in hosting and public cloud infrastructures.

“European customers are looking for high-quality, cloud-based security and compliance solutions that can address their unique needs,” said Gray Hall, chief executive of Alert Logic. “The company is expanding into Europe and building a security operations centre [SOC] and datacentre to provide better support for its current and future customers.”

As well as the datacentre and the security hub, Alert Logic will also build its EMEA regional headquarters in Cardiff, creating 130 jobs in the city, including 50 researchers and analysts for its SOC. Further recruitment will follow from 2015 and the company is looking to establish strong links with Cardiff’s universities and schools to foster young technology talent in the area.  

Cardiff Business Council has awarded Alert Logic a developmental grant to facilitate its expansion in the UK. This will go towards the datacentre construction, to create new jobs and for further training programmes.

Phil Bale, leader of City of Cardiff Council, said: “The arrival of Alert Logic is great news for the UK, and specifically Cardiff and the Welsh Government’s Enterprise Zone. In addition to providing new jobs in a highly skilled field, its investment demonstrates the importance of offering in-country residence of data and specialised compliance. The company’s expansion will provide local resources to address the critical security requirements of EMEA businesses.”

The security-as-a-service provider’s EMEA expansion comes after it reported 35% year-on-year revenue growth for the first quarter of 2014 to $12.8m, taking its annual revenue to more than $56m.

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