OCP-Ready Kubernetes Cloud Platform Selects Kao Data’s Colocation Facility

Kao Data - Data Center Campus London
Kao Data – Data Center Campus London

Wholesale colocation data center provider Kao Data has welcomed a new customer in Civo, a developer-first cloud platform based on K3s Kubernetes technology. The colocation agreement will enable Civo to deploy its OCP-Ready systems in Kao Data’s data center in the London area and launch its UK cloud region. It is Kao Data’s first OCP-Ready customer for its OCP-Ready facility in London.

Civo offers a managed Kubernetes service based on K3s, aimed at the start-up and enterprise developer communities. Its unique cloud configuration, built on OCP Accepted hardware and Kubernetes technology, would offer the ability to develop “superfast clusters with launch speeds under 90 seconds, in a simplified, disruptive cloud platform.”

To-date, Civo has worked with over 4,000 developers in more than 128-countries, creating a developer-first environment that allows users to create clusters “quickly, with high levels of resilience.”

“Kao Data was the first colocation data center to achieve an OCP-Ready certification outside of the USA and is engineered to accommodate the demands of ultra-efficient, high-density computing,” said Steve Helvie, VP Channel Development, Open Compute Project (OCP). “It’s fantastic to see a pioneering cloud provider such as Civo standardizing on OCP-specified hardware and co-locating their infrastructure at Kao Data – showcasing a true example of circular, cloud computing capabilities.”

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Photo Lee Myall, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kao Data
“We’re delighted to welcome Civo as Kao Data’s first OCP-Ready customer, and help them launch their world-class cloud platform in the UK,” said Lee Myall, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kao Data.

Supported by systems integration specialist Vespertec, Civo’s K3s containerized environment is housed within high-density, 15kW+, standardized, OCP Accepted rack enclosures, containing the latest Intel Xeon servers and NVMe storage, which is easy to deploy within Kao Data’s OCP Ready facility. The system is also compatible with the latest processor and GPU technologies, enabling developers to test and scale with reduced latency, achieve higher input/output operations per second (IOPS), and benefit from a 10% lower power consumption.

“Kao Data’s OCP-Ready facility and their technical expertise in high density computing made them a clear choice to deploy the first Civo cloud in the region,” said Mark Boost, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Civo. “The growth of Kubernetes also makes this an extremely exciting time to launch our new platform in the UK and we’re proud to be driving the next evolution of Kubernetes technology with Kao Data.”

Founded in 2014, Kao Data develops and operates advanced data centers for high performance colocation. Their UK campus offers OCP-Ready, carrier neutral data centers. When fully completed the 15 acre, £230M+ campus will support an ITE load of over 40MW, across 150,000 square feet of technical space – all powered by 100% renewable energy.

“We’re delighted to welcome Civo as Kao Data’s first OCP-Ready customer, and help them launch their world-class cloud platform in the UK,” said Lee Myall, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kao Data. “Kubernetes adoption continues to accelerate at great speed and we anticipate their cloud-native capabilities will be welcomed by the AI start-up communities within Cambridge and the UK Innovation Corridor.”

The Open Compute Project Foundation (OCP) was initiated in 2011 with a mission to apply the benefits of open source and open collaboration to hardware and rapidly increase the pace of innovation in, near and around the data center’s networking equipment, general purpose and GPU servers, storage devices and appliances, and scalable rack designs.

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