Q2 2023

16 | SME News Q2 2023 Innovation at Work Providing purpose-built and carrier-neutral facilities that focus on energy efficiency and flexibility, VIRTUS Data Centres (VIRTUS) consistently exceed the expectations of customers through innovative, high-quality solutions and services. We find out more from Managing Director, Darren Watkins, as the firm celebrates success as Best Data Centre Provider 2023 – London. VIRTUS Data Centres is a trusted global leader in the data centre industry and the UK’s leading data centre company, committed to delivering reliable, resilient, and responsible digital infrastructure for all of its customers. As part of ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (STT GDC), VIRTUS Europe is the home of the cloud in London, and at the heart of Europe. The company offers a wide range of flexible solutions to meet its clients’ power and space requirements, including colocation; high performance computing, cloud, and connectivity; ServiceNow; and Market Place. The dedicated solutions team works closely with customers to create their perfect data centre environment. Being modular by design, VIRTUS’ facilities provide truly flexible commercials, allowing customers to grow in a cost effective and unrestrictive environment. With a proven track record of over a decade designing and operating the UK’s most efficient facilities, with an emphasis on being a sustainable data centre, VIRTUS is committed to the highest standards of operational excellence, including safety, security, and availability. Its green credentials are of the utmost importance and VIRTUS is proud that its data centres are powered by 100% truly renewable energy – something which the firm is determined never to change. VIRTUS values individual endeavour and initiative, actively encouraging teamwork and togetherness because collective experience and expertise is the firm’s greatest strength. VIRTUS hires only the best people in the business to work in an industry which is increasingly essential to everyone and everything. It employs intelligent thinkers, people with positive attitudes who add to the quality of customer proposition and business. This team succeeds by embracing and improving collective expertise and experiences, channelling this into making VIRTUS the best option in the market. “VIRTUS’ management team is one of the most experienced in the industry, with a breadth of experience across major global IT service businesses spanning software development, hosting, IT services, cloud and networking as well as design, and build and operation of mission critical data centres,” explains Darren Watkins, the Managing Director of the firm. “We are laser focused on responsibly delivering solutions for the benefit of our customers, colleagues, suppliers, the environment, and the world, every minute of every day.” Darren began his career as a graduate Military Officer in the RAF before moving into the commercial sector. He brings more than 20 years’ worth of experience in telecommunications and managed services gained at BT, MFS Worldcom, Level3 Communications, Attenda, and COLT. Darren joined the VIRTUS team from euNetworks where he was Head of Sales for the UK, leading market changing deals with a number of large financial institutions and media agencies, and growing the company’s expertise in low latency trading. Darren is responsible for sales, service management, and strategic account management of all VIRTUS customers. Additionally, Darren sits on the board of a one of the industry’s most innovative mobile media advertising companies, Odyssey Mobile Interaction and is interested in all new developments in this sector. Darren has an honours degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from University of Wales, College Swansea. Recently, for its commitment and dedication to its customers, VIRTUS was recognised in the SME News Business Elite Awards 2023, being crowned with the prestigious accolade of Best Data Centre Provider 2023 – London. Congratulations to all and keep on innovating! Contact: Darren Watkins Company: VIRTUS HoldCo Ltd Web Address: www.virtusdatacentres.com Feb23662