Brexit turns overseas data centre rivals into partners
By João Marques Lima Published: 12:00, 15 March, 2017 Updated: 01:11, 15 March, 2017
As the UK moves closer to trigger Article 50 and ignite formal negotiations to leave the EU, providers try to protect themselves against whatever is coming.
Fears of Brexit complications over cross-border data management have led the European Business Reliance Centre (EBRC) to sign UK-based data centre operator Migsolv as a partner.
The EBRC is a highly sensitive information management organisation based in Luxembourg with a portfolio containing a total 17,000 sqm of server space across five data centres, three of them Tier IV-certified.
In addition, the organisation provides cybersecurity, cloud and managed services to 280 clients from 40 countries.
However uncertainty over Brexit is still an issue not just in the world of data centres, the EBRC ‘s move to partner with Migsolv comes days after UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced the government will be adopting the EU’s GDPR after the separation from the pan-European union.
Yet, by selecting Migsolv as its UK partner, EBRC will be able to guarantee its clients a wider selection of data centres under a single contract, “including a UK facility which some are seeking to address the uncertainties posed by Brexit,” the company said in a statement.
Similarly, Migsolv will also be able to offer customers additional facilities on mainland Europe.
The EBRC will also appoint a partner in other major European countries including Germany, Switzerland and Belgium.
Alexander Duwaerts, International Client Development Director at EBRC, said: “The UK is especially important with Brexit on the horizon as customers are concerned about the implications it may have for cross-border data transfer.
“Many want to secure a presence in a UK facility to protect their options and ensure they can continue trading with Britain without disruption when Brexit takes effect.”
This is, however, not the first time two data centre providers come together to prevent any complications following Brexit.
In October 2016, LuxConnect and Volta Data Centres forged the first alliance with the intention to create a future-proofed environment for customers to move their data in a post-Brexit UK.
Brexit countdown. $2bn data centre operator acquires rival’s London facility
By João Marques Lima Published: 11:38, 22 March, 2017 Updated: 11:38, 22 March, 2017
Plans for further expansion due to open in Q3 2017 have also been laid out.
European data centre services provider Zenium has completed the acquisition of Infinity’s Stockley Park data centre in London expanding its fleet to six facilities across the continent.
Zenium, which has in the last 15 years raised over $2bn, has now become the sole owner of the facility which has now been named London Two.
The move comes seven days before the UK government officially triggers Article 50 kicking off the official Brexit negotiations with the EU which will result in the country leaving the union.
London Two has 13.62 MW of IT load and 7,135 sqm of technical space across two floors with Active / Active 11 kV dual redundant power supplies.
Cooling of the facility is done through the use of chillers and adiabatic cooling systems.
Zenium said it will continue to support the existing global telecoms tenant currently colocated on the ground floor, whilst further space to be built will provide 4,016 sqm of technical space with 9.32 MW of IT load on the first floor.
The new data space will be available in Q3 2017. No financials related to the deal have been disclosed.
Franek Sodzawiczny, Founder and CEO at Zenium, said: “The key to staying at the forefront of any sector is to be able to move quickly; responding effectively to business opportunities that arise. This is exactly what we have done here.
“We operate in a fast-moving environment so we need to be agile. We invest a lot of time in this space talking to partners, consultants, competitors and other data centre experts, in order to share learnings.
“Most importantly this also enables us to make the right decisions to propel us forward. We see the UK as an important market and will continue to build our data centre portfolio here as and when the right opportunities are identified.”
Zenium’s has over 15 years designed and delivered over 400,000 sqm of raised floor space.
Its portfolio tops 28,435 sqm of technical space and currently includes a data centre campus comprising three facilities in Istanbul, one data centre in Frankfurt and two data centres in London.
Brexit? ‘Major US international bank’ signs 10-year contract with Europe’s largest data centre campus (which happens to be in the UK)
By João Marques Lima Published: 01:24, 15 March, 2017 Updated: 19:38, 14 March, 2017
Move shows that uncertainty around Brexit is not killing business as American organisations continue to invest in the UK ahead of the country’s exit from the EU.
A financial institution with an international footprint has signed a ten-year contract with UK-based data centre operator Next Generation Data (NGD).
The company runs Europe’s largest data centre campus which amounts to 750,000 sqf of space.
The name of the US bank has not been disclosed due to security reasons.
In a statement, NGD said: “The bank’s relocation to NGD is in line with the bank’s best practice code for ensuring distances of at least 100km between data centre locations.”
The provider has agreed terms to supply 750kW of power over ten years to the bank which took possession of a custom data hall on the Welsh campus last month.
Nick Razey, CEO of Next Generation Data, said: “We are seeing more and more financial institutions shifting towards edge data centre facilities due to the risks posed by saturated, under threat metro zones.
“At the same time many can no longer afford the luxury of legacy facilities sitting on their balance sheets which in the UK is forcing them to choose less expensive alternatives to London, especially with the impending rise in business rates.”
In February, NGD appointed Bill McHenry as non-executive director to sit on its board as the company seeks to attract more business from North America.
McHenry told Data Economy: “The model that NGD have established in EMEA, their responsiveness to market movements and new technology can easily translate to the North American market.
“Despite the uncertainties of the post Brexit market, NGD have already demonstrated the ability to deliver multinational projects and programs including for some of the world’s largest IT services and software companies.
“The new paradigm increases the opportunities as people will gravitate to proven entities with existing deep roots and proven quality product delivery.”
Brexit. UK gov’t digital strategy vows to build infrastructure in search for £241bn data economy
By João Marques Lima Published: 11:22, 1 March, 2017 Updated: 11:57, 1 March, 2017
Department for Culture, Media and Sport also confirms the UK will adopt the GDPR once it comes into force in May 2018.
The UK government has released a seven-point digital strategy for the UK post-Brexit in which it promises to build a world-class digital infrastructure and ecosystem.
From mobile devices, to digital skills, enterprise digital transformation, cybersecurity and digital government, Downing Street has also for the first time laid out its intentions around data infrastructure, including data centres.
On point seven, “Data – unlocking the power of data in the UK economy and improving public confidence in its use”, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport talks through its plans around the infrastructure that supports data processing and storage.
In the document it reads:
“Data infrastructure refers to the assets, technology, processes, and organisations that not only create data, but open it up and allow it to be shared.
“It includes storage facilities, software tools, networks, cyber-security systems, and data-management platforms.
“By strengthening our infrastructure we will create new opportunities for organisations to use data to produce market-changing new products and better public services.
“From easing travel congestion to enabling cheaper insurance, and from speeding up the development of new medicines to helping prevent crime, data has the potential to significantly improve people’s lives.
“This infrastructure is also integral to the successful development of technologies such as connected and autonomous vehicles, smart cities, and the Internet of Things.”
The government’s intention to build on the infrastructure supporting the data economy comes as research by Cebr and SAS shows that the cumulative value of big data and IoT to the UK economy between 2015 and 2020 is en route to top £322bn, about £54bn per year. In total, this is set to represent 2.7% of the UK’s GDP.
From 2015 to 2020, the companies estimate the total benefit to the UK economy of big data analytics to amount to £241bn, or £40bn on average per year. This is equivalent to an average of 2.0% of GDP.
In order to take full advantage of such economy, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has recognised that infrastructure is a crucial asset and data centres are at the heart of the digital age.
However, the data centre industry might experience in the first few months and even years following Brexit a slow-down, according to Keith Breed, research director at Tariff Consultancy.
He told Data Economy: “I suspect that there will be a slow-down in new speculative data centre schemes as there will be some business uncertainty. It seems certain that some financial service firms will relocate to other EU-based hubs. But total 3rd party UK Data Centre space is the largest in Europe – over 700,000m2 – so perhaps growth will level off as the market matures and power and space usage becomes more efficient.
“Also, the investment by Cloud Providers (IBM, Microsoft, AWS, Google, OVH) in the UK will continue due to their need to cater for data sovereignty issues.
“In balance data centre growth is likely to be lower than in the past, due mainly to market maturity, but with opportunities in the UK regions away from London.”
In the digital strategy paper, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, said: “We must ensure businesses and government are able to use data in innovative and effective ways.
“This includes creating a strong data infrastructure, having a high level of regulatory compliance, developing a data-literate workforce, and increasing the number of people with advanced data skills.”
Antony Walker, deputy CEO of techUK said: “This Digital Strategy is an important step forward for the UK’s world leading digital economy. It’s both ambitious and comprehensive, and most importantly, it recognises how strategically important our digital know-how is for the rest of the UK economy.
“Importantly, the Strategy recognises that digital is disparate – it is both a sector but also an enabler as technology helps to transform existing industries. That is why the Strategy shrewdly brings together the range of policy areas that underpin digital, recognising that effective policymaking cannot be done in isolation.
“Recognition that data is the lifeblood of the digital economy is spot on, as is the pledge to ensure the UK is at the forefront of robust and effective data protection regulation. Above all, our data must be secure so the emphasis on cyber security is paramount.”
The government has also confirmed that the UK will implement the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by May 2018.
“This will ensure a shared and higher standard of protection for consumers and their data across Europe and beyond,” it said in the digital strategy document.
“As part of our plans for the UK’s exit from the EU, we will be seeking to ensure that data flows remain uninterrupted, and will be considering all the available options that will provide legal certainty for businesses and individuals alike.”
UK colo bulks data centre portfolio in response to Brexit
By João Marques Lima Published: 11:01, 28 February, 2017 Updated: 11:14, 1 March, 2017
Providers aims to set up a one-stop go-to person for everything co-lo related in the data centre space.
For the UK data centre space, Brexit means business as usual and British colocation provider Datum Datacentres is no exception.
Following 24 months of continued growth, the company has now unveiled an extended service portfolio with solutions designed to answer clients’ needs.
The new services include:
Datum Connectivity Services: to provide clients with links at any bandwidth across the UK and to Europe and the USA, establishing required connectivity between client racks and their sites, other data centres, the internet and cloud platforms.
Datum Concierge Plus: a fully managed service to support clients throughout the transition and migration phase. Includes a dedicated account team and technical project manager to manage every element from concept through to deployment.
Datum Break-Fix Services: to provide multivendor break-fix support for client equipment installed in the data centre including a blended support option for both in and out of warranty support for a complete product lifecycle service.
Datum Workplace Recovery Services: can form part of the Business Continuity Plan through the provision of Office Recovery locations throughout the UK should an incident or event mean that clients’ own office facilities are unavailable.
Dominic Phillips, Datum’s Managing Director, said: “Over the last year, we have observed trends in client requests and across the data centre market that have prompted us to extend our service offering with these four new products.
“Our focus as a co-location provider remains clearly on supporting our enterprise and service provider clients with a secure and resilient data centre service on which they can rely. We are keen not to step outside this core remit but to strengthen the offering where clients request a little more help as part of their engagement.
“Our new services will take away some of the headaches that project teams and other third parties currently manage, enabling clients to have a one-stop go-to person for everything co-lo related.”