| Virtus unveils plans for London’s largest data centre campus|
28 September 2017 | Jason Mcgee-Abe
Virtus Data Centres continues its rapid expansion announcing plans for two new adjacent facilities on a single campus near Stockley Park, west London.
The new site will be amongst the most advanced in the UK and create London’s largest data centre campus. Establishing this new mega campus further strengthens Virtus as a large hybrid colocation provider in the London metro area.
The two buildings, on the secure eight acre campus, total 34,475m2. Known as Virtus LONDON5 and LONDON6, they are 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.
"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,” said Neil Cresswell, CEO of Virtus Data Centres.
“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.”
The campus is situated 16 miles from central London on the main fibre routes from London to Slough and 7 miles from Slough. The company says that this provides “unrivalled hyper efficient, limitless metro fibre connected, flexible and massively scalable data centre space, within the M25”.
Work in LONDON5 has started and general availability is expected in early 2018. These two new data centres will provide an additional 17,000 net technical metres (NTM) of IT space and will increase Virtus’ portfolio in London to approximately 100MW across their six facilities in Slough, Hayes and Enfield, with the power to expand to circa 150MW on the various campuses.
Virtus is part of the ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (STT GDC) group, a carrier-neutral and advanced data centre platform with over 50 data centres in India, China, Singapore and the UK.