The UK and London data center market is witnessing new and significant investment, with several companies expanding and developing new facilities. These investments are in response to the growing global demand from enterprise that are consolidating sites and searching for purpose-built and highly redundant data center facilities. See a full complement of facilities by following the following links – UK Data Center List – London Data Center List.
Highbridge Owned Cobalt Data Centre Campus
Wired Real Estate Group Inc. and Deloitte Real Estate’s London data center group have teamed to market a sustainable data center campus in Newcastle, UK. The development, the largest office park in the UK, hosts three data centers with 110,491 sq ft of IT space and 15.3 MW of IT load. The site is already host to numerous trusted multi-national brands, including HP, Accenture, P&G, Orange, and others.
The data center campus has been recognized for its sustainable data center design with DC1 awarded a BREEAM Excellent and DC2/DC3 awarded a BREEAM Outstanding and offers scalability up to 80 MW.
Gateway Data Center
Gateway Data Centre, located just outside London in West Thurrock recently received approval. City officials gave the project the go ahead toward the end of last year for individuals to work at the 5.68 acre (2.3 hectare) site.
Once completed, the London data center will feature 86,000 square feet (8,000 square meters) of data halls in two separate floors, and 210,000 square feet (19,500 square meters) of total internal floor space. The facility will be tailored to meet the needs of London users as it will offer access to diverse fiber routes from several local providers. The structure will also be diverse in its layout and offerings. The site may ultimately reach 47 megawatts across redundant feeds.
Netwise Hosting Flagship London Data Center
Another organization boosting service capabilities in the region is Netwise Hosting, which recently secured a site for its new Central London data center. The location sits between the city and the Docklands, near the London Bridge Station and the widely recognized “Shard” tower.
The company said this facility will become its flagship data center this year, and will be completed before the end of the winter. The 11,000 square foot structure will house two stories of zoned technical space including 200 racks of computing equipment, as well as Netwise’s headquarters. Construction is currently underway at the site, and a suitable shell is in place as well as sufficient power resources to support the first build phase. Netwise hopes to have the data center connected and open by March or April of this year.
Netwise Hosting managing director Matthew Butt said the organization plans to utilize in-house data center expertise and complete the project with minimal reliance on third party businesses. Once the London data center is online, it will boost the company’s available capacity by 900 percent.
“We are chasing the booming Central and East London market with this facility, looking to bring our winning formula of value, quality and flexibility to a customer base closer to the city and the Docklands,” Butt said.
VanillaIP’s London Data Center Expansion
Cloud unified communications provider VanillaIP signed a partnership with City Lifeline for its London data center expansion project. The cloud vendor said the added capacity will support growing demands for hosted unified communications options and IP trunking solutions in the region.
The agreement between the two organizations will allow VanillaIP to utilize several of City Lifeline’s technology resources, including two racks at the central London data center as well as connections on the data communications interlink.
City Lifeline managing director Roger Keenan said this partnership comes as part of efforts to extend the company’s carrier neutral data communications.