Edge data centre network Proximity hires business development chief

Edge data centre network Proximity hires business development chief


UK edge data centre services provider Proximity Data Centres has appointed Dominic Thomas as business development director.

Last November, Proximity expanded its regional edge colocation data centre network to North West England and the West Midlands to better support cloud service providers with low latency connectivity.

The new sites in Liverpool, Chester and Coventry added a further 8MW of IT load capacity and more than 80,000 sq ft of net technical space to the company’s network, that already included data centres in Wakefield, Nottingham and Bridgend (Wales).

With over 15 years in IT and telecoms, Thomas (pictured) is a specialist in selling cloud and managed services solutions to enterprises and service provider organisations.

He joins from InterCloud where he was UK sales manager. Previous roles have included enterprise account director at Exponential-e and ten years with Singtel, where he had responsibility for generating new business and high-end solution sales from European clients requiring international WAN, data networking, colocation and managed services.

Thomas said: “I look forward to maximising the major growth opportunities that exist for our UK regional edge colocation services. Bringing services and data closer to the end user has never been more important.”

He added: “More organisations are looking for increased reliability, better cost optimisation, more autonomy, lower latency and the ability to innovate while keeping the lights on. These goals now require a much more holistic approach around technologies such as AI, machine learning and IoT, and the ability to leverage them effectively.”

John Hall, managing director for colocation at Proximity Data Centres, said: “Dominic’s track record, including new business sales and proven experience in developing strategic client accounts across cloud, managed services and colocation, will be extremely valuable as we continue to expand our edge colocation footprint in key UK regional locations.

“Our ongoing recruitment of experienced sales professionals is indicative of the strong demand we are experiencing from international enterprise and service provider customers.”

Proximity's regional carrier-neutral edge data centres are built to Tier 3 standards.