Thursday, October 19, 2017

Virtus Data Centres to build London’s largest data centre campus

Infrastructure hailed as a key “player in enabling the UK and Europe’s digital economy”.

Virtus Data Centres, part of the ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (STT GDC) group, has unveiled plans to expand its footprint at Stockley Park, West London, which will result in what the company claims will be London’s largest single data centre campus.

The operator has plans to add two new buildings – LONDON5 and LONDON6 – which combined amount to more than 183,000 sqf of technical space and 370,000 sqf overall.

The facilities will sit on an eight-acre piece of land just north of the Heathrow Airport. The buildings have been designed to deliver 40MW of IT load and have the secured power capacity to increase to 110MVA of incoming power from diverse grid connection points, future proofing expansion for customers..

Work has started to fit out space in LONDON5 for customers who have already committed and general availability is expected in early 2018.

With addition of the two data centres, Virtus portfolio will expand to six buildings, all in London (Slough, Hayes and Enfield), with a combined 100MW and potential to expand to circa 150MW.

Neil Cresswell, CEO of VIRTUS Data Centres, said: “With the hunger for connectivity and data growing exponentially, our data centres continue to play a vital role in enabling the UK and Europe’s digital economy. We work with clients across all industries, all with unique audiences and IT landscapes, but with the common need to deliver the highest levels of availability, performance and security of digital experiences.

“As we move with our customers into an increasingly digital future, we help them deliver high performing applications and content. We provide fast, seamless connectivity to networks and public clouds, along with the capacity for vast data storage and compute processing power – all for lower costs. This investment in LONDON5 and LONDON6 means we can grow with our customers and help them achieve their ambitions.”

Virtus is one of the three data centre companies part of STT GDC, the other two being GDS and SST Telemedia Connect.

Under STT GDC’s overall footprint, the group has a total of 53 data centres, including the two new now announced by Virtus. The sites include six in the UK, six in Singapore, 14 in India and 27 in China.