Colocation clients will soon have access to quantum computing-as-a-service via Cyxtera’s Reading Data Center Campus LHR3, according to an announcement made today by Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC), a European provider of quantum computing solutions.
With this collaboration, a quantum computer will be integrated into a colocation data center for the first time ever, according to OQC. The Cyxtera Digital Exchange will enable users in all of Cyxtera’s UK data centers to connect to OQC’s quantum computer, significantly lowering latency for quantum algorithms and use cases.
“Quantum computing will enable organizations across a wide range of industries to access unprecedented calculation speed and deeper analytical capabilities,” said Randy Rowland, Chief Operating Officer at Cyxtera. “We’re thrilled to partner with OQC, providing our customers access to the UK’s most advanced quantum computing platform.”
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“For quantum computing to be genuinely accessible and fully realize its potential as a technology, it must seamlessly integrate within a businesses’ current computing and data management infrastructure. At this stage, it simply cannot work in isolation,” said Dr. Ilana Wisby, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at OQC. “Thanks to this pioneering partnership, we will give Cyxtera’s customers direct access to our latest quantum computer – within their data centers, at the click of a button – without making any changes to their operations.”
Most quantum computers available today may be accessed as-a-service through the public cloud or a private cloud, like OQC’s own cloud. OQC will increase the accessibility of quantum computing by enabling access directly within a Cyxtera data center and lessen the locality and proximity issues often brought on by the distance between classical applications and the quantum computer.
With the security, connection, network capacity, and redundant infrastructure that will be required as the technology progresses, this deployment would represent a key milestone in the transition of quantum computing from a ‘lab’ setting into a fully controlled, industry-ready environment.
OQC chose Cyxtera because of the firm’s commitment to democratizing cutting-edge technology, as well as its capacity to quickly link OQC’s quantum-as-a-service platform to several colocation clients and to satisfy specialized hosting needs, such as cryogenic systems.