McAfee unveils London cloud data centre

Security fence

McAfee is expanding its presence in the cloud computing market with the opening of a new data centre in London.

The cloud data centre is the fifth the company has unveiled the past year alone but its first in the UK.

Its focus will be on providing McAfee's software as a service (SaaS) offerings for both web and email security.

Scott Chasin, chief technology officer for McAfee's cloud and content division, said: "The rapid expansion of cloud data centres over the past year underscores our commitment to our customers and partners to deliver the highest-grade, global cloud security footprint."

The new data centre will be backed up to another facility within Europe, as well as providing back up for its counterpart. McAfee has also ensured it will use multiple ISPs for connectivity, ensuring the locations are not reliant on one provider.

Physical security has also played a major part in the design of the new data centre, with biometric scanners controlling staff access, 24 hour CCTV and early fire detection systems.

Although the company has already launched five new locations in the past year, it confirmed another new cloud data centre in Hong Kong was set to go live in a matter of weeks.

McAfee was recently acquired by Intel in a $7.68 billion deal, finalised on 1 March this year.

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott is a former freelance journalist and currently political reporter for Sky News. She has a varied writing history, having started her career at Dennis Publishing, working in various roles across its business technology titles, including ITPro. Jennifer has specialised in a number of areas over the years and has produced a wealth of content for ITPro, focusing largely on data storage, networking, cloud computing, and telecommunications.

Most recently Jennifer has turned her skills to the political sphere and broadcast journalism, where she has worked for the BBC as a political reporter, before moving to Sky News.