Hi-tech company expands into new £1.4m head office

The Loadbalancer.org team outside their new �1.4m home at Compass House, Portsmouth Picture: Deep South Media

The Loadbalancer.org team outside their new �1.4m home at Compass House, Portsmouth Picture: Deep South Media

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A GROWING hi-tech firm has bought a new £1.4m global corporate headquarters.

Loadbalancer.org recently completed the move to its new offices in Compass House, Portsmouth, from the Portsmouth Technopole.

Founder and managing director Malcolm Turnbull said he was pleased with how the relocation has progressed.

He said: ‘There are always a few problems when moving to a new building but it went well and the staff are very happy in their new home.’

Loadbalancers, also known as application delivery controllers, manage activity on IT systems to prevent collapses under the strain of sudden bursts of traffic or equipment failures.

The company has 12,000 deployments in 74 countries and offices in the US, Canada and Germany.

Mr Turnbull said: ‘We were beginning to get overcrowded, but since the move it’s been far easier to get things done and our new environment suits us perfectly, improving our ability to hold training sessions with customers, for example.

‘Part of our business is to have support, sales and development in the same open plan room because they’re always communicating. If a customer was on the phone with a problem they can now talk to those departments at the same time, which helps us a great deal.’

Loadbalancer.org is planning further growth.

Mr Turnbull said: ‘We love our new office, we’ve now got space to grow into and it’ll be interesting to see how quickly we fill the place up. The demand for loadbalancing will only go up, in keeping with the growth of internet traffic.

‘According to the latest edition of Cisco’s Visual Networking Index, more than a billion more internet users and 10 billion more devices and connections will see the amount of traffic flowing over the internet in the next few years almost treble.’

High-profile customers of Loadbalancer.org include Nasa, the BBC, the US Postal Service, BT, Mercedes Benz, ASOS, Vodafone, Estee Lauder, O2, Bacardi, River Island, the NHS, Premier Inn, and Selfridges & Co.

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