VIRTUS Data Centres (VIRTUS) 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 center campus. Establishing this new mega campus further strengthens VIRTUS’ position as the largest hybrid colocation provider in the London metro area.
The two buildings, on the secure eight acre campus, total 34,475 sq meters. Known as VIRTUS LONDON5 and LONDON6, they are designed to deliver 40 MW of IT load and have the secured power capacity to increase to 110 MVA of incoming power from diverse grid connection points, future proofing expansion for customers.
The location of the campus, is ideally situated: 16 miles from central London on the main fibre routes from London to Slough, and 7 miles from Slough, thus providing unrivalled hyper efficient, limitless metro fibre connected, flexible and massively scalable data center space, within the M25.
Work has started to fit out space in LONDON5 for customers who have already committed and general availability is expected in early 2018. These two new data centers will provide an additional 17,000 net technical metres of IT space and will increase VIRTUS’ portfolio in London to approximately 100 MW across their six facilities in Slough, Hayes, and Enfield, with the power to expand to circa 150 MW on the various campuses.
Together with the recently announced LONDON3 in Slough, the new facilities keep VIRTUS at the forefront of next generation data centers. Their size and expandability will significantly increase the capacity of highly reliable, efficient, secure, scalable and interconnected data center space available to VIRTUS customers in London.
"With the hunger for connectivity and data growing exponentially, our data centers 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,” said Neil Cresswell, CEO, VIRTUS Data Centres.
As well as being one of London’s leading colocation providers, VIRTUS is part of the ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (STT GDC) group, a carrier-neutral and advanced data center platform with over 50 data centers in India, China, Singapore and the UK. VIRTUS’ sites serve as a business hub for hundreds of organisations across financial services, the public sector, life sciences, education as well as cloud and IT services industries. It gives access to over 20 public cloud platforms via the majority of global and regional telecommunications providers. Just as VIRTUS is the key cloud hub in London, STT GDC’s facilities are where the cloud lives in other major developed and developing economic areas.