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Crown Hosting Wins £1.3M Genomics England Data Contract

NEW YORK – Genomics England has awarded a data-hosting contract worth nearly £1.3 million ($1.8 million) to Crown Hosting Data Centres, a cloud computing firm serving public-sector agencies in the UK.

Crown Hosting Data Centres, based in the southwestern England town of Corsham, will provide unspecified data storage services to Genomics England for a 32-month period, running through February 2024, according to an award notice on a UK government website last week. Neither Crown Hosting nor Genomics England issued press releases about the award.

Neither entity responded to a request for comment before deadline.

Crown Hosting is a joint venture between the UK government's Cabinet Office and Ark Data Centres specifically set up to host public-sector data in Britain.

Genomics England already contracts with Amazon Web Services and, through a distributed file system provided by WekaIO, Google Cloud. It migrated data to the WekaIO platform from British cloud host UKCloud.