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OQC in first quantum computer co-location data centre deal

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By Andre Rousselot


UK startup Oxford Quantum Circuits (OQC) is to install its quantum computer in a data centre, the first such co-location deal.

The deal marks a significant step in moving quantum computing from a lab environment into a fully managed, industry-ready environment with the security, interconnectivity, network bandwidth, and redundant infrastructure that will be needed as the technology matures. 

The deal with Cyxtera is the world’s first integration of a quantum computer in a colocation data centre, says OQC, although its quantum computer and others are available remotely through Amazon’s Bracket public cloud service or through QC’s private cloud.

OQC is one of the best funded quantum computer startups in Europe and has an 8qubit quantum computer called Lucy. It 4 qubit system, called Sophia, is being used by Quantinuum for a private cloud service.  

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Customers using Cyxtera’s UK  data centres will be able to access OQC’s quantum computer at a data centre in Reading via the Cyxtera Digital Exchange, reducing latency times for quantum algorithms and applications.. 

“For quantum computing to be genuinely accessible and fully realize its potential as a technology, it must seamlessly integrate within businesses’ current computing and data management infrastructure. At this stage, it simply cannot work in isolation. Thanks to this pioneering partnership, we will give Cyxtera’s customers direct access to our latest quantum computer—within their data centres, at the click of a button—without making any changes to their operations,” said Dr. Ilana Wisby, Chief Executive Officer, OQC.

“Quantum computing will enable organizations across a wide range of industries to access unprecedented calculation speed and deeper analytical capabilities,” said Randy Rowland, Chief Operating Officer, Cyxtera. “We’re thrilled to partner with OQC, providing our customers access to the U.K.’s most advanced quantum computing platform.”

OQC will also join the Cyxtera ecosystem of service providers, giving access to 2,300 enterprise and government customers

www.cyxtera.com; www.oxfordquantumcircuits.com

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