In less than a decade, Netwise Hosting has grown from a simple dream into one of the UK's most applauded multi award-winning data centre operators.
It's fair to say that we are quickly becoming one of the capital's most talked about data centre operators. Officially founded in 2009 by then 19 year old Matthew Butt, in just 9 short years the company has moved from a humble shared office space to designing, building and operating two private data centres in the London area.
Every story has its beginning. As founding members of the Netwise Hosting team, Matthew Butt and Matt Seaton first met in high school. They have worked together on various projects throughout the years, most of which have centred around technology in some form or another, before settling more firmly on the concept of hosting.
The genesis moment for Netwise came in the summer months of 2005, when the pair decided to give game server hosting a try. This started life as a small after-school passion project, with no serious ambition at the time.
Matthew sourced 12 old IBM servers from a clearance company in London, and set about creating a small hosting platform in the loft of his parents home in Surrey.
You can learn more about the core Netwise Hosting team here.
Milestone The conceptual birth of our passion for hosting services.
It was always apparent that our first makeshift rooftop location would never work commercially. In 2007, plans were drafted that would see us move to our own private premises in Raynes Park.
Here, we would build out the organisations first serious hosting platform, which would allow for the development of credible business hosting services and enable the company to grow into a small but fully-featured hosting provider.
Milestone Our first private premises and self-built comms room.
We became a limited company in 2009, and migrated all operations to a better suited location in Wallington, South London. In a uniquely engineered deal, we took control of an existing data centre in a large serviced office complex.
This would be the beginnings of an era of real traction for Netwise, developing the brand, the service set, and building a solid base of high-quality enterprise customers.
Milestone Netwise Hosting incorporated as a limited company.
Milestone The operation of our first fully-featured data centre space.
Lack of end-to-end control over service delivery became a concern for future growth - we either had to dramatically change direction, or look to build our own private facility from the ground up.
After an initial build phase of around six months, the new site was in a position to service its first customers. This would be the first time we found ourselves able to deliver enterprise-grade colocation services from a top-class facility that we had total end to end control over.
Milestone The design, build and operation of our first private, bespoke data centre.
Having our own private data centre allowed us to enjoy a period of rapid growth and expansion. Our growth reached 300% year on year during this period.
We reached near capacity at London South by mid-2013, which allowed us to explore new data centre options in Central London.
In January 2014, works on our new London Central facility began, which would house our new data centre and company headquarters. The new site was planned for completion in 2015.
By May 2015, the new flagship data centre was ready to receive our existing customer base in a soft opening of the facility. The site was publicly launched to the press in February 2016.London Central: Learn More
Milestone The design, build and operation of our second private, bespoke data centre.
Since opening our new London Central data centre, we have built out our edge network in various key data centres in London, including Telehouse North and Harbour Exchange. This has expanded operations and enriched our service set, which is fantastic news for our customers moving forwards.Network: Learn More
Our London Central facility is filling up quickly. We are already in the process of looking at additional sites in strategic locations both inside of London and further afield.
As a major polluting industry, it is very important that we lead the way in promoting a sustainable future. As part of our commitment to providing our clients with eco-conscious data centre services, we made the switch to truly renewable energy at our private London Central data centre in 2017.
This was a much welcome change to our customers, many of whom have felt increasing pressure in recent years to reduce their carbon impact.Green Data Centres Green Services
Milestone Truly 100% renewable energy at our London Central data centre.
Keeping up with customer demand is no small task in an industry which is experiencing such rapid growth. In early 2018, we onlined an additional containment pod in Data Hall 1, keeping pace with the deployment demands of both new and existing clients.
The new containment pod - the third in Data Hall 1 as part of its modular fit-out - increased the number of available rack footprints by 55%.
As part of the roll out of Pod 3, Pods 4 and 5 also had their base infrastructure works completed, drastically improving their go-live timescales upon requirement.
As well as the fit-out of further physical capacity, expansion works continued across the board in early 2018, seeing the available transit capacity on our network swell to over 50Gbps+, as well as drastic expansion to our fibre infrastructure.
At its core, Netwise is a collection fantastic people. While world-leading technology is what enables those people to deliver best-in-class services to our end-users, it's our expert team that sets us apart.
Our team has been growing steadily thoughout our history, and while we've only ever needed a small but highly-able team to operate effectively, in mid-to-late 2018 we added Alex Preston to our roster; our new Facilities Manager.
Alex joins our growing team, who will be expanding further as we look ahead to 2019.