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.
Virtus Data Centres defies Brexit critics with new London facility
By João Marques Lima Published: 10:51, 18 April, 2017 Updated: 10:51, 18 April, 2017
Fourth data centre comes as demand for metro fibre connected, flexible and scalable colocation space continues to grow.
British data centre services provider Virtus Data Centres has announced the construction of its fourth facility next to the British capital.
The hub, to be based in Slough and adjacent to the company’s existing London4 data centre, has been announced weeks after Brexit negotiations were initiated with the EU which will result in the departure of the UK from the union.
Virtus’ new data centre, London3, joins now a growing list of facilities announced in the country as providers refuse to accept that Brexit will hold business back.
The company said the data centre comes as demand for metro fibre connected, flexible and scalable colocation space continues to grow.
The facility will add to the operator’s portfolio 3,000 NTM (net technical metres) of IT space and will increase Virtus’ footprint in London to over 50MW across four sites.
The data centre will be fitted out in two phases, with the first phase expected to open for business by Summer 2018.
Neil Cresswell, CEO of Virtus Data Centres, said: “The rapid adoption of cloud and digital business across all industries is driving the need for the kind of high quality and innovative data centre space that Virtus develops and operates.
“We have seen increasing demand for high performance solutions as well as more and more requirements to connect to cloud providers and other services.
“Our data centres are where the cloud lives in London, so they are in high demand from service providers and users wanting to better interconnect their applications and data across public and private clouds, and get closer to their consumers.”
The company currently operates three data centres in the London region, in Slough, Hayes and Enfield.
Its client base is mostly made of organisations across financial services, the public sector, life sciences and education as well as cloud and IT Services industries.
Virtus data centre fleet has also access to over 20 public cloud platforms via the majority of global and regional telecommunications providers.
The company is part of the ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (STT GDC) group of companies which collectively has over 50 data centres worldwide.
Bruno Lopez, CEO of STT GDC, said: “LONDON3 confirms Virtus to be one of the largest hybrid colocation providers in the London metro area delivering high quality, flexible, scalable and highly efficient colocation facilities at the lowest total cost of ownership.
“Just as VIRTUS is the key cloud hub in London, STT Global Data Centres are where the cloud lives in other major economic hubs such as Singapore, China and India.”
Watch Data Economy’s recent interview with Neil Cresswell, CEO of Virtus Data Centres.
techUK on Brexit consequences: The ultimate answers on the British referendum and its meaning to the IT industry
By João Marques Lima Published: 00:15, 10 April, 2017 Updated: 23:46, 9 April, 2017
The EU referendum has changed the political landscape in Europe and in the UK, yet many questions remain unanswered on the real Brexit meaning to the technology space. Data Economy sat down with techUK’s associate director Emma Fryer and head of cloud, data, analytics and AI Sue Daley to shine some light on the confusion around the ‘British-exit’ from the EU.
Britain’s closest data centre to EU border after Brexit breaks ground
By João Marques Lima Published: 00:05, 4 April, 2017 Updated: 23:33, 3 April, 2017
Hub in Northern Ireland is part of a larger attempt to digitalise and modernise the local economy by also making use of new transatlantic cable.
A data centre in Northern Ireland by colocation company 5Nines has broken ground in Coleraine, 20Km away from the Republic of Ireland’s border.
Today part of the European Union (EU), the Northern Ireland territory will leave the union as part of the UK once Brexit negotiations reach an end around 2019 or 2020 and the country formally leaves the group.
The data centre is being built as part of the Digital Causeway project, by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council.
The area in which the facility sits has been named Coleraine Enterprise Zone also known as Atlantic Link, which is part of the Strategic Investment Board of Northern Ireland.
The Coleraine Enterprise Zone has 20 acres of land, of which five acres will be used for the data centre. The remaining 15 acres will be sub-let for further development.
Also being built, is a transatlantic cable dubbed Project Kelvin which will connect Northern Ireland to the US.
Paul Besley, general manager at 5Nines, said on Twitter: “I am pleased to announce that work has started on site for construction of our Northern Ireland data centre.”
Data Economy has contacted 5Nines, but at the time of publishing the company was still to reply.
Is Brexit a threat to the UK data centre market?
By João Marques Lima Published: 14:36, 28 March, 2017 Updated: 14:38, 28 March, 2017
As Brexit discussions kick off, Data Economy went to Newport, Wales, to meet Nick Razey, CEO of Europe’s largest data centre campus Next Generation Data, and discuss Brexit implications to the national data centre landscape and NGD’s growth strategy.