Kao Data and Scan Business Form Strategic Partnership – HPCwire

LONDON, Nov. 4, 2021 — Kao Data, the specialist developer and operator of advanced, high performance data centers for enterprise, cloud, HPC and AI, has today announced it has formed a strategic partnership with Scan Business (Scan) – leaders in provisioning and managing NVIDIA based technologies.

Together, Kao Data and Scan have established a dedicated HPC and AI ecosystem, perfectly suited for advanced computing users who utilize NVIDIA’s latest generation hardware. This strategic and timely alliance follows the UK government’s plans to establish a National AI Strategy, which aims to boost business use of AI, attract international investment and develop the next generation of tech talent within the UK.

Scan, an NVIDIA Elite Partner, offers more than 30 years of experience in specifying, deploying and maintaining hardware within technically complex HPC environments. The company delivers industry-leading expertise in developing and scaling AI initiatives, from deep learning frameworks to architectural and engineering support. Further, its Scan AI ecosystem has been created to deliver a trusted partner at every stage of the AI journey.

As a DGX-Ready certified data center provider and the hosts of NVIDIA’s Cambridge-1, the UK’s most powerful and fastest supercomputer, Kao Data is widely regarded as the UK’s leading solution for hosting high density, industrial scale HPC and AI. Its Harlow campus, inspired by hyperscale, was designed from inception to power demanding computing profiles sustainably, combining 100% renewable power, refrigerant free cooling and the facilities high performance design, to deliver a PUE of <1.2.

The partnership will forge a dedicated pathway for organizations to acquire, install, power and maintain the latest high-density NVIDIA hardware for HPC and AI – delivering technologies and high performance connectivity solutions that have become increasingly important to the financial services, life sciences and pharmaceuticals sectors.

“Our alliance with Scan will form an integral pillar in our continuing efforts to provide a unique and world class service to intensive computing users,” said Spencer Lamb, Vice President at Kao Data. “This partnership delivers a seamless, straight-forward, end-to-end service within a large-scale computing enabled ecosystem for all organizations looking to embrace the benefits of HPC and AI.”

Marnie Sutton, Director of Enterprise GPU, at Scan Computing commented, “This new partnership with Kao Data builds on our established credentials in HPC and AI to deliver supported hardware solutions, from across our ecosystem, in a secure and NVIDIA-certified data center environment.”

Kao Data and Scan will be exhibiting at Computing Insight UK (CIUK) between the 9th – 10th December 2021, showcasing how they can collectively support the UK’s high performance computing community. For more information visit the website.

About Kao Data

Founded in 2014, Kao Data develop and operate advanced data centers for high performance colocation. From our hyperscale inspired campus in the heart of the UK Innovation Corridor between London and Cambridge – we provide cloud, HPC, AI and enterprise customers with a world-class home for their compute. Our Harlow campus – built on the site of Sir Charles Kao’s pioneering discovery of fiber optic cable in 1966 – is a development of four state-of the-art, OCP-Ready, carrier neutral data centers. When fully completed the 15 acre, +£230m campus will support an ITE load of over 40MW, across 150,000sq ft of technical space – all powered by 100% renewable energy. Backed by Legal & General and Goldacre – 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. Visit kaodata.com.

About Scan

At Scan we are all about three things – technology, people, and how we bring them together and for over 30 years we’ve been driven by these three passions. We work with customers and partners to tackle the latest cutting-edge areas in IT and bridge the gap these challenges present.

Building on our reputation within the computing industry, we have used this knowledge and experience to provide specialist IT solutions for business verticals including deep learning and AI, healthcare, financial services, retail, education, AEC and manufacturing. Visit https://www.scan.co.uk.

Source: Kao Data

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