Israeli data centre firm Global Data Center is doubling the size of its Herzliya site thanks to a boom in demand in the ‘Start-up Nation.’

The site will be expanded by 2250 sq. metres to a total size of 4500 sq. metres, a process which will be completed in the first half of this year, fast-tracked by investment amounting to millions of pounds.

Located underground in the neighbourhood of Hertzliya Pituach, the facility is, according to the firm, compliant with the ‘latest global standards.’ Service levels, standards and services will remain the same post-expansion as in the existing site.

It will provide hosting services for IT operation units, business continuity and disaster recovery, on-site and remote backup, and cloud services.

Founded in 2013 by Moshe Lasman, a former head of global services at HP Israel, Global Data Center serves both public and private companies in areas such as insurance, finance and technology.

“The current data centre has almost used up its potential space,” said Lasman. “The rapid growth rate of information has created a need for physical spaces in Israel to host IT infrastructures for companies with a critical mass of data. Some of these companies have already reserved space in the new part of the facility, which will open in a few months.”

“We are seeing a trend of IT managers preferring to rent an external site and benefit from scalability, improved cash flow by converting a capital expense into an operating expense, and high data accessibility, together with physical and digital security, energy savings, comprehensive business disaster recovery and other advantages.”

Israel has a reputation for punching above its weight in technology, having led the way in advanced software for some years. An area known as ‘Silicon Wadi’, along the coastline of the country, and centred on Tel Aviv, hosts a number of hi-tech firms, hence the moniker ‘Start-up Nation.’

Major multinationals also often choose to set up research and development centres in the country, such as Microsoft and Google. IBM has been established in Israel since 1949.