This is our story
Founded in 2009, with a genesis story stretching back further still, Netwise started life as a passion project by two school friends with a love for technology. Fast forward nearly a decade, and we are now one of the UK's leading colocation service providers, with private facilities designed and built entirely in-house, delivering end-user content on a truly global scale.
In just 10 short years, Netwise has grown from a simple dream into one of the UK's most applauded multi award-winning data centre operators.
Here's how we did it...
In the summer of 2005, high school friends and founders of Netwise, Matthew Butt and Matt Seaton, decided to give game server hosting a try.
Starting life as an after-school passion project, Matthew sourced 12 old IBM servers from a clearance company and created a small hosting platform in the loft of his parents home.
After securing private commercial premises, we evolved into a credible hosting services business and fully-featured service provider.
Netwise became a limited company in 2009. This marked an era of real traction for us – developing the brand and the service set, and building a solid base of high-quality enterprise customers.
In order to maintain total end to end control over our service set, we elected to build our first private data centre in 2011.
This bespoke facility, named London South, enabled us to grow dramatically over the following three years, with the facility reaching capacity in 2013. Our first proof of concept facility proved an enormous success.
After reaching capacity in our London South facility, we began the design and build of data centre two; London Central.
We upscaled enormously, moving to an 11,000ft² facility in Bermondsey, our new flagship data centre and HQ.
After a two year design and build phase, London Central opened to new and existing customers in early 2016.
As our second fully-featured build project, London Central quickly became one of the UK's most applauded privately operated data centres.
In early 2020, we began the build of our third private data centre, Netwise London East.
Constructed in Canning Town - a short distance from the major Docklands data centre hub - London East will be the largest facility designed and deployed by Netwise to date, set to house 256 racks.
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We're a company that believes in having a good time while doing what we love, and we really do love what we do.
Build Blog - Weeks 23 and 24
Aside from another pass for finishing trims, this element of the project is now complete – a great milestone in the envelope construction phase. The fire protection is now also nearing...Read article
Build Blog - Weeks 20 to 22
What a three weeks we’ve had on-site here at NLE. The walls have really started to take shape, with the first floor data halls now visible, along with some of the main access corridor...Read article
Build Blog - Weeks 18 & 19
Focus this time around has been on preparing the space for the walling contractors to begin their installation works. This has included the removal of some legacy cable containment...Read article
We’re not ones to gloat, but we’re proud as punch to have been recognised for our hard work and achievements in the industry over the years.
for Tech & Innovation
of the Year
DCS Awards, 2018
of the Year