Thursday, November 23, 2017

Virtus Data Centres defies Brexit critics with new London facility

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.