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Virtus announces plans for London’s largest data centre campus

Fri 29 Sep 2017

Plans are underway to build what would be the largest data centre campus in London.

Virtus has announced its aim to construct two adjacent facilities on a single campus in West London, near Stockley Park.

The plans are part of a rapid expansion strategy for the company, with Virtus claiming to be the UK’s fastest growing data centre provider. It also argues that the new development will enhance its position as London’s largest hybrid colocation provider.

The new data centres, located on an eight-acre campus, will cover 34,475 sq.m and are designed to deliver 40MW of IT load. They will also have the secured power capacity to cope with 110MVA of incoming power, which Virtus argues will future proof any expansion that its customers may want to undergo.

The company pursues a strategy of building data centres within Greater London’s wider metropolitan area, close to industrial towns such as Slough, rather than in central London. It argues that the location of the new campus is ideal, being 16 miles from the centre of the city and providing ‘hyper-efficient, limitless metro fibre connected, flexible and massively scalable data centre space, within the M25.’

Virtus CEO, Neil Cresswell, 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.

‘This investment means we can grow with our customers and help them achieve their ambitions.’

The facilities will be referred to as London5 and London6, with work already started on London5, and general availability expected in early 2018. The combined additional resources of the data centres will increase Virtus’ capacity in London to around 100MW, with the power to extend to approximately 150MW on the six campuses.

Virtus is a member of the ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (STT GDC) group, a carrier-neutral data centre platform with over 50 data centres in India, China, Singapore and the UK. The Virtus site gives access to more than 20 public cloud platforms via most global and regional telecoms providers.

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