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New head of data centre and cloud for Goonhilly Earth Station

Data centre industry veteran Chris Roberts has joined the executive team of satellite communications innovator, Goonhilly Earth Station as head of data centre and cloud. The appointment comes as Goonhilly prepares to open a tier 3/4 data centre this Spring.

Located in Cornwall at Goonhilly’s satellite station, the new data centre will offer connectivity by linking global subsea cables with satellite communications and fibre.

Goonhilly’s new high-specification data centre’s use of renewables, its Enterprise Zone status and its low latency connections are designed to make it a cost-effective choice for hosting and co-location customers in the satellite and broadcast industries as well as a wide range of enterprises. A national infrastructure asset for many decades, the Goonhilly site offers customers a high level of resilience, enhanced by its rural location and a secure energy source including green power from its onsite solar farm and local wind generation.

“Goonhilly’s investments in data centre technology including security, power and cooling systems will ensure a compelling proposition for customers. Not only will the data centre appeal to the space and satellite industry but other enterprises will be attracted by the ability to collaborate and interoperate faster and more effectively,” said Chris Roberts, Head of Data Centre and Cloud at Goonhilly.

Roberts joins Goonhilly following a number of long-term consulting engagements and interim sales and channel partner roles. Most recently he was partner and alliances manager, Europe at Megaport. Prior to that Chris was director of channel sales at Pulsant following his role as head of channel and new business at MTI. He has also worked at Datapipe, iomart, Quostar and PSINet.

“Chris is a talented individual with the industry expertise and relationships required to lead this important part of our fast-growing business. Our ambition is to ensure that the Goonhilly data centre appeals to both existing customers and enterprises who want to benefit from our world-class connectivity,” commented Ian Jones, CEO of Goonhilly.

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